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How the Pathway Works

The Pathway to a Degree in Translation is made up of two 30-credit modules. It is therefore equivalent to 50% of the first year of a degree and is intended to provide you with the linguistic skills and intellectual preparation needed to study for a Degree in Translation at Cardiff University.

Pathway students need to study two languages from the following group: French, German, Italian and Spanish. You need to gain 30 credits in each of your two languages at Stage E or higher for a total of 60 credits.

You can take courses in both languages in parallel in order to complete the Pathway in one year or you can take up to three years to do so. You just need to have studied the second of your two modules in the academic year before moving onto the degree itself.


We run an array of modules which will develop both your linguistic competence and your understanding of the culture and society of the countries where the language studied is spoken. In addition, training in the skills you need to study successfully at degree level is built into every module in order to ensure that you are fully equipped for a degree in Translation upon completion of the pathway. Guidance on which modules are right for you is given at the outset of the pathway by the Pathway Coordinator.