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Language, Culture and Communication with Intercalated Year (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)

 

What will I learn?

This flexible course will help you to develop the skills and expertise to think strategically about language use and communication and to tackle real cases and data challenges. You’ll also develop expertise in communicating effectively across cultures, with opportunities during an optional intercalated year to gain first-hand experience of living and studying overseas or developing your communication skills in a relevant work context.

You will study in a friendly and welcoming environment, taught by academic staff who are conducting cutting-edge research into all areas that underpin the programme. This means you’ll be acquiring the most up-to-date subject information while developing your quantitative and qualitative research skills. In addition, the course nurtures capabilities such as teamwork, project management and leadership, effective communication and foreign language skills, all of which are vital to employers.

Your first and second years will give you a solid understanding of core areas of language (including linguistics and foreign language learning), culture and communication, while also developing your research skills. You can also choose from a wide range of optional and cross-disciplinary modules in areas such as Business, Film and Media, Politics and International Studies, Psychology and Sociology, allowing both variety and specialisation.

An optional year abroad or work placement in your third year gives you the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of living overseas and working in multicultural contexts or developing your communication skills within an authentic workplace. In your final year you will undertake a research project on a topic of your choice.

How will I learn?

You will typically study four to six modules per year and you will have at least 3 hours’ contact time per week for each module. This will take the form of lectures, seminars of about 15 students in which you will discuss the lecture topic with the module tutor, and both written and spoken language classes. You will spend independent study time preparing for classes, reading primary texts, writing essays and working on a foreign language of your choice. Additional online materials are available and there will be various events and activities to further enhance your learning. Your own personal tutor will provide additional learning and pastoral support throughout your degree.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will take the form of both coursework and examination. Coursework will include essays, reports, data analysis, oral presentations, mini-projects and a final-year dissertation based on your own research.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

If you wish to spend a year abroad (which we thoroughly recommend), this will take place in your third year, meaning that you will complete your degree in four years instead of three. All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities.

The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance. If you prefer to organise a work placement for yourself, we will support you in this as much as we can.

Work Placement

You may decide to make use of the optional intercalated third year by organising a work placement in order to gain a deeper understanding of the social and cultural environment of a relevant work environment. The University Careers Office can advise on potential work placement opportunities, but identifying and applying to appropriate employers will largely depend on your own initiative.

  • Entry Requirements

    A level: AAB

    International Baccalaureate: 36 points

  • Preferably including Social Sciences and Arts/Humanities subjects. Optional modules offered by other departments may have specific requirements.

    These normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

    Contextual data and differential offers Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

    Access/BTEC Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with Distinction grades in Level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

    Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP): All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and
    conditions visit Warwick IFP for more information.

    We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other recognised qualifications.

    Further information

    Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

  • Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted

    and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

    Open Days All applicants who have been made an offer will be invited to the Centre's Open Day in February or March. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

What modules could I study?

Your first and second years will give you a solid understanding of core areas of language (including linguistics and foreign language learning), culture and communication, while also developing your research skills. You can also choose from a wide range of optional and cross-disciplinary modules in areas such as Business, Film and Media, Politics and International Studies, Psychology and Sociology, allowing both variety and specialisation.

An optional year abroad or work placement in your third year gives you the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of living overseas and working in multicultural contexts or developing your communication skills within a relevant work environment. In your final year you will undertake a research project on a topic of your choice.

Find out more about the programme structure and a description of modules.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

What careers can a Warwick degree in Language, Culture and Communication lead to?

Applied Linguistics is relevant to a range of exciting careers including international business, management and consulting, public relations and human resources, diplomatic service, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and aid agencies, education – teaching and research, healthcare and medical companies, manufacturing industries, editing and publishing, public sector organisations and university international offices.

Studying linguistics in combination with languages can open relevant career opportunities including translation, interpreting, journalism, language teaching, public relations, policy and political advisor, publishing and editing, and consular services and roles.

* Our Language Culture and Communication degree was launched in 2014 and our Linguistics with modern languages courses were launched in 2016, so we do not have current data on graduate destinations. This will be published on our website as soon as it becomes available.

  • English Language and Linguistics (Q311)

    Language, Culture and Communication (X3Q5)

    Liberal Arts (LA99)

    Linguistics with Arabic (Q2T6)

    Linguistics with Chinese (Q2T1)

    Linguistics with French (Q2R1)

    Linguistics with German (Q2R2)

    Linguistics with Italian (Q2R3)

    Linguistics with Spanish (Q2R4)

    Linguistics with Japanese (Q2T2)

    Linguistics with Portuguese (Q2R5)

    Linguistics with Russian (Q2R7)

    Please see all language courses offered by the Departments of French, German, Italian and Hispanic Studies.

Essential information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAB
IB: 36 points

Preferably including Social Sciences and Arts/Humanities subjects. Optional modules offered by other departments may have specific requirements.

UCAS Code
X3Q8

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad

Department website

Centre for Applied Linguistics

Student blogs

Bethany Goodman - Language, Culture and Communication

Isabel Quah - Language, Culture and Communication

Elena Sandu - Language, Culture and Communication

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.

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This information is applicable for 2018 entry.