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Click on each course title for entrance requirements and further information. This table provides a quick snapshot of undergraduate courses available in Scottish Higher Educational Institutions. More detailed information can be found under the UK Universities tab above via the The Guardian University Guide for Modern Languages and Linguistics and UCAS links.
(Last Update: Summer 2016)
Specialist language degrees
Combined and Joint degrees
Other language-related options
Services to / eventsfor schools
View a wide range of options on the course overview page.
Language and Linguistics
Languages and Literature of Scotland
Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies
Applied Languages allows students to study French, German or Spanish as part oftheir main degree
View a wide range of options on the Language Degrees homepage.
European Studies with European Languages and Culture
Languages for all
University of Edinburgh
Gaelic and Primary Education
Primary Education with Modern Languages (German)
Also view a wide range of options on each course page.
Islamic &Middle Eastern Studies
Edinburgh Napier University
InternationalBusiness Management andLanguage
Languages and Intercultural Communication
Language withFestival and Event Management
Language with MarketingManagement
Language with Hospitality Management
Languagemodules – options available for students combining a language with another subject
Undergraduate open day
University of Glasgow
View a wide range of options on each course page.
Central and East European Studies (option to learn Hungarian, Czech, Polish or Russian)
Open daysand campustours
Glasgow Caledonian University
International Business with Language (French, German, Italian or Spanish)
Languages - students can study varying levels of French, German, Italian orSpanish modules as part of their course programme or introductory level Mandarin or Portuguese
Gaelic Languageand Culture
Gaelic and Communication
Gaelic and MediaStudies
Gaelic andTraditional Music
Applied languages allows students to 'major' in a language whilst studying arange of complimentary subjects:
InternationalBusinessManagement and Chinese
InternationalBusinessManagement and German
InternationalBusinessManagement and Spanish
Chemistry with a European language
Mathematics with French
Mathematics with German
Mathematics with Spanish
A variety of translating and interpreting programmes (including foreign language translating and interpreting and BSL)
Languages Summer School
Open University in Scotland
Language Studies allows students to study up to two modern languages plus additional beginner languageoptions.
Free OpenLearn beginner or refresher language courses in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese
Events near you
Language Diagnostics site
Robert Gordon University
Queen Margaret University
View a wide range of combinations, both joint and triple subject honours, via the ModernLanguages Department. (languages include Arabic and Persian, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish)
University of Stirling
Modern Languages - these degree combinations include period of study abroad
View a range of combined degree options on each course structure page.
University of Strathclyde
DELE: Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera
Certificate of Continuing Education - Italian
Certificate of Continuing Education - Spanish
Introduction to French, Italian or Spanish can be chosen as elective classes on some courses (mainly engineering)
University of the West of Scotland
Languages - students can study French, German or Spanishas an option on most of the undergraduate degree programmes
Languages for All - day and evening classes in Arabic, French, Gaelic, German, Mandarin or Spanish for students, staff and the public
SQA offers a comprehensive suite of Higher National and National Language Units and many of these are currently on offer in Scotland's colleges. There are 26 Colleges of Further Education in Scotland and the following colleges have entries for Language Units for 2016-2017 and/or a range of part-time, leisure and short language courses.
Full-time, access and vocational courses
Part-time, leisure and short courses
To find out more about Modern Languages at Edinburgh College see the Modern Languages 2016/17 Prospectus and Tourism and Hospitality Academy Brochure or follow the links below:
A range of language classes at different levels can be accessed via the 2016/17 prospectus above, including French, Gaelic, German, Italian and Spanish as well as Spanish DELE preparation.
A range of language classes at different levels can be accessed via the 2016/17 course page, including BSL, French, Italian and Spanish
A range of language classes at different levels can be accessed via the course page, including BSL, French, Gaelic, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish
A range of courses for those who want to learn a new language or improve their skills in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.
Full-time, access and vocational courses
Part-time, leisure and short courses
See this testimonial from Stephanie Kean, a Joint Honours degree student studying French and English Literature, preparing for her year of study abroad:
Stephanie Kean - student testimonial
Read the following testimonial from Iain Cameron, a Business School student undertaking Integrated Masters International Business & Modern Languages. Iain says he was able to combine his passion for languages with his interest in business across countries and cultures at a level difficult to find elsewhere.
Iain Cameron - student testimonial
Like most universities, Strathclyde offers a number of single and joint degree options with languages, most of which can be found via the links in the previous table of courses and entry requirements. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) offers French, Italian and Spanish as BA (Hons) degrees: Read more about the BA Undergraduate programmes offered by the faculty in the guide below:
BA (Hons) Undergraduate Language Degrees
Or you can view which other subjects can be combined with languages on the full undergraduate course listing on the university website:
Full Course List
Or why not pursue a career in teaching, where you can assist the future generation in developing their own language skills. See the options covered by the School of Education.
The HaSS School of Education at the University of Strathclyde offers undergraduates the opportunity to pursue a career in teaching.
SCILT became involved in March 2013 when invited to produce a module to support the Bachelor of Education 4th year students in preparation for their future careers.
Click on the brochure image to take a look at the BEd 4 professional learning module structure and what the students had to say about the event.
Following the success of the course organised for the 4th year BEd students in March 2013, SCILT offered another 3-day workshop for 2nd and 3rd year BEd students with the aim of supporting BEd students to ensure they are ready to play their part in delivering the new 1+2 languages policy.
The workshop, which took place in September 2013, combined French language learning and pedagogy, with lots of practical, interactive and fun approaches to teaching languages. All skill areas were covered. Click on the image to the right to see some of the activities covered and feedback from the students taking part.
Along with her Spanish and Italian colleagues, Caroline Verdier, Teaching Fellow in French at the University of Strathclyde, challenged 3rd Year students to work in groups on a research project. The groups had 'carte blanche' to research any aspect of life or identity in a country where the target language is spoken. Subjects included independence movements in Spain and Scotland, the representation of Ancient Rome in cinema and on television and the status of Paris in the world of fashion. There were also some case studies about businesses such as of Renault, Zara and Veuve Cliquot.
The research challenge features in two SCILT blogs. Secondary learners considering studying Italian, Spanish or French at university might want to check out the 3rd yr research posters 2013/14 - A Student's Experience which details one of the groups’ process and learning in the course of their research project, or 3rd Year Research Posters 2013/14 showcasing the research posters in all three languages.Students may also be interested in the 3rd Year Languages research posters 2012/13 blog.
All of these resources could be used to support pupils involved in research for the IP strand of the Languages Baccalaureate.
Languages policy for MA Honours ILAC: Integrating Languages across the Curriculum.
In the School of Education, University of Aberdeen, we believe language and languages to be fundamental to the learning entitlement and experiences of all primary school pupils. This is in line with the Scottish Government's commitment to ensuring that all primary school children will have the opportunity to learn and use two languages in addition to the language used as the school medium for educating learners - either English or Gaelic. The new Scottish Language Policy 1+2 (2011) will be rolled out over the next few years and will involve all future primary school teachers.
We want all our teachers during their initial teacher education programme to engage with language learning and using in order to build their own confidence, skills and enjoyment when working with languages other than English. Some of you may have studied a foreign language such as French, German or Spanish to an advanced level in school; others may have very limited levels of other languages; and many of you may have an idea of themselves as 'not being very good at languages'. However, the innovative approach we have adopted in the School of Education is one which will enable all of you - regardless of your language level - to integrate additional languages into Curriculum for Excellence.
For full details of the university policy, please follow the link to download their brochure:
MA Honours ILAC: Integrating Languages across the Curriculum
For information on language degrees at all UK universities (language specialist degrees and languages as part of a joint or combined degree), please visit the UCAS website:
There's also video advice and a UCAS application guide (for 2017 entry), aimed at parents, about the UCAS application process, including key dates and deadlines.
The Guardian University Guide for Modern Languages and Linguistics 2017 is aimed at helping students in the UK and abroad find the right university course. Consult how to use the Guardian University Guide 2017 and get the most out of your course search. (Please note the interactive guide may not function if viewing with Internet Explorer. We recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox).
Get all the information you need to choose a university course. Compare detailed information about universities and the courses they offer. Start your search by choosing a location in the UK, a specific university or course subject. From your initial results you can refine further to build up a list of courses that match your exact requirements.
Visit the NICILT website for information on undergraduate language study options at universities in Northern Ireland.
The 'What Uni?' website provides information on why studying languages is important, plus a search function to find language degrees across the country, with information on fees, entry requirements and course ratings by students.
From 2015, UCAS will be including and processing applications to European universities in the admissions process. Check out the Study in Europe website which helps you make informed decisions about your studies in Europe with their unique database. Stay organised and compare all accredited programs by tuition fees, language, financial assistance, place and institution.
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