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BA (Hons) History with French, German or Spanish - UCAS Code: V1R9

BA (Hons) History with Mandarin or Japanese - UCAS Code: V1T9

Study with a top history department and be taught from the cutting edge of historical research. Expand your horizons by learning either French, German, Japanese, Mandarin or Spanish.

Our BA History with a Language gives you the opportunity to study two subjects that will help you to make sense of an increasingly multicultural world, and will also boost your employability and gain an international perspective.

Through our diverse and inclusive History curriculum you will learn about an array of cultures and identities. What links our work is our focus on people’s history and everyday lives. This is represented strongly in our first year programme, which will give you an insight into the making of the modern world through exploration of faith, magic and medicine, campaigns for freedom and equality, Africa and the world, and America from Hamilton to Trump. These courses will be complimented by learning a language to better understand the culture of the country.

You can further your understanding of other countries’ cultures and customs by studying one of five languages – French, German, Japanese, Mandarin or Spanish. Having a language in your degree title gives you an immediate international edge, whilst also making you a more confident, capable and culturally aware graduate.

The combination of History with a Language offers further opportunities in the final year of your studies when you have the option of writing a dissertation on a topic of your choosing. Previous Language students have chosen to work on the history of the country whose language they are studying. The ability to read non-English sources widens the scope for potential topics. 

Why choose this course?

We give you:

  • An exceptional History team, conducting world-leading research (REF 2014)
  • Stimulating, innovative courses - our students reported almost 94% overall satisfaction with their course (2018 National Student Survey)
  • A flexible programme of study, allowing you to concentrate on areas you find especially interesting and the scope to write a dissertation on a topic about which you are passionate
  • The prospect of boosting your employability by learning a language
  • Transferable skills such as using your own initiative, problem solving, communication and cultural awareness that employers value.

What job can I get?

Employability is central to everything we do. History offers you the possibility of a placement in a local museum, archive or heritage site, enabling you to gain valuable transferable skills. As well as working in the huge heritage industry, past students have gone on to careers in teaching, the law, civil service, librarianship, retail management, marketing, the voluntary sector, publishing and the media. Employers really value second languages, and students who study languages are better positioned to operate in our increasingly multilingual and multicultural world. As endorsed by the Confederation of British Industry:

“And British business are well aware of the advantages of employees being able to communicate with at least basic proficiency in the language of clients, customers and suppliers.” (CBI 2017)

Course details

Study Abroad

Taking a year’s study abroad is an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding of the world. Living in another country opens up fresh perspectives and helps create global citizens. “Language learning is not just about improving language skills, it's about opening up minds to new ideas and meeting people from other cultures. It's an experience that boosts adaptability, self-confidence and job prospects.” Androulla Vassiliou, EU commissioner for education & multilingualism.

For our history students, immersing themselves in a host country enhances your learning, giving you a greater appreciation of other cultures and societies, and a deeper understanding of their everyday lives. For language students, studying abroad can give you the opportunity to fully engage with your degree language. Not only could you hone your academic abilities, but you could also develop your language skills through day-to-day life. Recently our history students have studied in France, Spain, Mexico, Germany, US, Singapore and Japan.

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

72 - 168 UCAS points

IB – 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above. Find out more about international application requirements.

GCSE Maths grade 4 (D) and English Language grade 4 (C) or above.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
26/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)