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BA Applied Modern Languages (3 or 4 year variants)

At Hull, you don’t just become fluent in other languages. You’ll embrace the culture of the people who speak them.

Key information

Study mode


Course length

3 years

Typical offer

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code


Choose an option

Start date

Course overview

This programme features intensive training in two modern languages, alongside the development of professional and employability skills for linguists aiming to work in fields such as translation, teaching and global business.

Our students gain intercultural communication skills, critical thinking, and transferrable skills such as networking, time management, and problem solving.

At Hull, you'll not only become fluent in other languages. You’ll also get to grips with aspects of the cultures of the people who speak them.

This programme allows you to choose two languages from French, German, Spanish and Chinese (Chinese is available on the four-year variant of this programme only). 

Learn more about your course in our subject sessions

On-demand session

Modern Languages


Six reasons to study Applied Modern Languages at Hull

  1. 92% graduate employability rating*
  2. Develop cultural awareness and transferable skills
  3. Option to spend a trimester or a year abroad
  4. Support from language professionals
  5. Innovative language teaching and software
  6. Option to study a passport language

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

As well as studying the following modules, you'll also have the opportunity to undertake placement opportunities in education, business or cultural settings to help further boost your employability skills.

  • Compulsory (3 and 4 year variants)

    Language Module 1 (20 credits in each language)

    Beginners and improvers will learn and build on the basics of their chosen language, whilst advanced speakers focus on cultural issues and work on more advanced grammar points.

    Introduction to Professional Pathways

    A first glimpse into the worlds of translation, teaching, and business, as you explore the challenges and opportunities that each offer for a linguist today.

    Language Module 2 (20 credits in each language)

    Beginners and improvers will further extend their language skills from trimester 1 while advanced speakers will continue to build on their advanced knowledge. 

    Languages in the Global Context

    Explore the place of languages in today’s globalised society, challenging established assumptions about English as ‘the global language’ by exploring the arts and culture.

  • Optional

    Passport Languages

    Learn a new foreign language or improve your existing language. Options include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Russian.

Second year modules

As well as studying the following modules, you'll also have the opportunity to undertake placement opportunities in education, business or cultural settings to help further boost your employability skills.

  • Compulsory (3 and 4 year variants)

    Language Skills for Residency Abroad 1 (20 credits in each language)

    A hands-on approach builds your intercultural and language skills, as you prepare for your period of residence abroad.

    Professional Pathways 1

    Focus on two core career paths: translation, understanding the nature and tools of the profession, and teaching, as you explore various aspects of language teaching.

    Language Skills for Residency Abroad 2 (20 credits in each language)

    Consolidate and extend your vocabulary and communication strategies, as you practise how to debate and express ideas on key cultural and global topics, engaging with language in its natural landscape.

  • Compulsory (3 year variant)

    Trimester Abroad (Languages)

    An opportunity to study for a semester abroad at any of our partner institutions and select from a range of modules on offer.

  • Compulsory (4 year variant)

    Year Abroad Preparation

    Prepare both in a practical and linguistic sense, for your year abroad. To help you make an informed decision on the best options for you and ensure that you maximise your time abroad.

Year abroad modules

Spend year 3 in two countries on our 4-year variant. It gives you a fantastic opportunity to work or study there.

Final year modules

  • Compulsory modules (3 and 4 year variants)

    Language Advanced Skills 1 (20 credits in each language)

    Extend and refine your linguistic competence, through topics strongly related to  the  target  language communities, exploring practical translation techniques and growing as an effective global communicator.

    Professional Pathways 2

    Focus on how to apply your linguistic and cultural knowledge to cultural heritage and tourism, and business and marketing sectors, with opportunities for real-world case studies and simulated tasks.

    Language Advanced Skills 2 (20 credits in each language)

    Refine and apply your language skills, using a range of  media, and  in  both  academic  and  real-world  contexts, to help develop your fluency and competencies.

    Applied Language Project

    Bringing together your linguistic, cultural and professional skills, you’ll have the opportunity to develop and deliver an independent project, with guidance to help you hone employability skills.

  • Optional

    Passport Languages

    Learn a new foreign language or improve your existing language. Options include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Russian.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Chloe Hammond Modern Languages and Cultures

"Out of all of the universities I looked at, none of them had anything that compared to the facilities that Hull offered."

Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • A level grades BBC

  • BTEC grades DMM

  • Points required 112

Work out your estimated points

Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A Levels 
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications

Applicants should have

  • A level in any modern foreign language at Grade C or above.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points with 5 at Higher Level in a Language
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

Worried you don’t quite meet our entry requirements?

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it’s not just about the grades – we’ll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

If you have any questions, our admissions team will be happy to help.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

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Take a tour of the facilities

Applied Modern Languages students enjoy 24/7 access to the Brynmor Jones Library and its language learning facilities.

Fees and funding


£9,250 per year*


£14,800 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,488 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of our website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Interpreter
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Translator
  • Journalist
  • Diplomatic service officer
  • Private tutor

Your skills will leave you equipped for a range of career options in almost any sector in which communication plays an important part. Potential career paths include marketing, diplomacy and business.

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A place where we stand up to kings, do deals with the world and take a wrecking ball to the slave trade. A place where culture stands out and the phone boxes are a different colour. A place where we're free-thinking, independent and proud of it.

*Percentage of students in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018