Languages for Global Communication BA (Hons)


Course Code

UCAS Code: N1R9
International Code: AHU107


Coventry University (Coventry)


Study mode



3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
Flexible part-time

Start date

September 2023

We are reviewing this course for 2023-24 entry and the validated module information will be added shortly. Please keep checking back on this course page to see our latest updates.

Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

Languages for Global Communication is designed to help you become an intercultural communicator who is able to bring a highly desirable set of skills to a range of employment roles.

  • The course addresses the future workforce skills in language, communication and intercultural competencies.
  • You will have the chance to learn languages through a flexible skills–based curriculum that is focused on international business contexts, intercultural studies, international relations, translation and language learning theory.
  • Bring out your practical talent and up-skill for a range of employment roles (e.g. translation, teaching, diplomatic services, business, police force) and environments (e.g. public sector, private businesses and educational establishments).
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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

  • You will have an opportunity to gain the Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) and/or the Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT), accredited by Cambridge Assessment English, at no extra cost. These are currently globally recognised professional qualifications in over 60 countries.
  • You will have an opportunity to prepare for DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française), DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera), HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì), or CAE (Cambridge Advanced English). Registration for the tests may incur additional costs.
  • You can develop a broad range of skills and knowledge which are desirable for many post-graduation roles including teaching, translation, public sector work, foreign service or private business.
  • A chance to develop a dynamic online presence through creating an individual ‘A Domain of One’s Own’ website, which allows graduates to present prospective employers with an online portfolio of the variety of their degree-level work..
  • You will have the option of gaining free Student Affiliate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL). For the Affiliate Membership*, which is annually renewable, you can apply when you show you are taking a language specialist degree. After successfully graduating, you can then apply for full Membership* (which includes benefits such as access to CPD webinars and participation in events with COIL members from specialist divisions: ‘Business, Professions and Government Division’ (BPG), ‘Interpreting Division’ (ID) and ‘Translation Division’ (TD)). *May be subject to additional costs.

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How you'll learn

Teaching contact hours

We understand that everyone learns differently, so each of our courses will consist of structured teaching sessions, which can include:

  • On campus lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group work
  • Self-directed learning
  • Work placement opportunities

If you would like more information,  you can request information about teaching hours.

Part of university life is undertaking self-directed learning. During a typical week you will have time that allows you to work independently to apply the skills and knowledge you have learnt in taught or facilitated sessions to your projects or assignment briefs. This self-directed learning allows you to use your research skills, consolidate your knowledge or undertake collaborative group work.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.


This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods can include:

  • Formal examinations
  • Phase tests
  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Individual Assignments

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

International experience opportunities

Intercultural and international engagement forms the core of the course design from the induction sessions throughout students' journey to graduation. You will have the chance to be actively engaged with international students across the university (Culturae Mundi), but also beyond, through engagement in Collaborative Online International Learning projects (COIL). Other ways include partner institutions and involvement with the Confucius Institute (CI) and assessment via your website (Domain of One’s Own - DoOO). You will be invited to attend tailored conversation workshops where you will be encouraged to develop and increase your confidence and augment your developing speaking skills through practice with a native speaker. You may also obtain international professional experience if you decide to undertake an optional placement year2.

Learning a new language means learning a new culture, and it becomes even more beneficial when combined with skills-broadening modules. It’s unbelievable how my language, intercultural and interpersonal skills have been developed during the course. It’s been a great time at Coventry University with the help of their supportive staff. It’s been a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Marcin Napiorkowski, Languages for Global Communication BA (Hons), 2021
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Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2023 entry

Requirement What we're looking for
A level BBC
GCSE Minimum 5 GCSE's graded 9-4 / A* - C including English
IB Diploma 29 points

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Are you eligible for the Fair Access Scheme?

We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background.

Fair Access Scheme

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component area)

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

Student Full time Part time
UK TBC per year Not available
International TBC per year Not available

If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


Students will benefit from studying on our well-equipped, modern campus.4

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Building Redevelopment

We are currently in the process of a major redevelopment of our Faculty of Arts and Humanities buildings. The building will be open to the public, as well as students, and will feature an expansive gallery space.

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The Library

You will benefit from our support designed to help you succeed and our industry-relevant teaching and resources. These include our modern library and computing facilities, dedicated careers advice and Students’ Union.

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Confucius Institute

The School of Humanities is home to the Confucius Institute. This is a collaboration created through a partnership with Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, which aims to promote an understanding of the Chinese language and culture.

Careers and opportunities

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Acquire one or more languages equivalent to Level C1 (proficient user) of the Common European Framework (CEFR).
  • Demonstrate professional and project management skills for a wide range of working environments.
  • Demonstrate digital literacy through the design and creation of a range of communicative artefacts.
  • Critically analyse research material in relation to other cultures, communities and societies in English and in the target languages.
  • Evaluate team dynamics while working in a group and independently.
  • Critically reflect on your own and others' practice within academic and international contexts.
  • Demonstrate creativity and enterprise by working on intercultural projects, events and activities in the campus, locally and globally.
  • Demonstrate a high level of competence in intercultural studies, teaching and learning, international relations or international business.

Since our degree develops the ability to use language effectively and appropriately in a range of circumstances, it may open up a wide range of career options associated with language proficiency, such as translation, the foreign service, marketing, public relations, advertising, teaching, the civil service or the media.

Where our graduates work

Graduates from this course go on to a very wide range of employment destinations and are typically well suited to any career in which language fluency, communication and intercultural skills are paramount.

We are committed to preparing you for your future career and aim to give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university's dedicated careers and employability support, the Talent Team, provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Further study

You can choose to continue your studies at Coventry University with the International Relations MA, the Diplomacy, Law and Global Change MA, the English Literature MA, the English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics MA or the English and Education Management MA. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

What our alumni say

The course has provided me with transferable skills for the workplace in addition to other opportunities and programmes that I’ve taken part in. Coventry University also provided several other services that other universities did not, including Add+vantage employability modules, career building opportunities across the globe and student support services.

Euan Czerepaniak, Languages for Global Communication BA (Hons) graduate of 2020
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How to apply

  • Full-time students applying to start in September 2023 can apply for this course through UCAS from 6 September 2022.

    Part-time students should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.

    If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.

  • Full-time students applying to start in September 2023 should apply directly to the university. Applications are due to be open in June 2022, so please return to this page to fill out your application.

    How to apply

    For further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.

    You can also download our International guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation and tips for travel.

    Get in touch with us today for further advice and guidance.

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  • 1Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.