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History and a Modern Language (BA)

Why study this course


A dynamic experience

Learn from native and near-native speakers, with blended learning and digital technologies embedded in teaching and learning activities.


Extra-curricular activities

A vibrant programme supports your language learning and immersion into the culture, including conversation classes with exchange students, language cafes and student language societies.


Skills for the future

A structured skills programme embeds academic, transferable and employability skills from the beginning.


The world is your classroom

Spend your third year studying or working in the countries of your chosen languages.


Employability focus

Choose an optional of credit-bearing work placement and gain professional experience.

Our aim across both the School of History, Archaeology and Religion and the School of Modern Languages is for you to become a ‘global citizen’ who thinks critically, understands cultural diversity and has a wealth of transferable skills.

The 4-year History and a Modern Language (BA) programme will help you develop high-level communication and critical-thinking skills, and foster resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts. 

The history side of the programme lets you shape your passion for history according to your interests, studying the past with a critical eye while making connections to debates in the public sphere.

Our expertise reaches an extraordinary breadth of societies, periods and places, spanning the British Isles, Europe (east and west), Africa, Asia, and the Americas. And through our exciting range of modules, you’ll have the opportunity to study both well-established areas, such as political, social, cultural and gender history, or explore areas that might be new to you, such as environmental history or digital history. 

On the languages side of the programme, you can choose to study Chinese, French or Spanish.

We run 2 language pathways. Those with an A-level or equivalent competence in a modern language will take our Upper Elementary pathway. Those with limited or no knowledge of a modern language take our Elementary pathway.

You’ll explore the language you’re studying and its social, political, historical and cultural contexts from a global perspective. We place a strong emphasis on cultural diversity, and our stimulating module selection celebrates cultural and linguistic mobility. Through a variety of language learning resources and materials, and range of student-centred learning activities, you’ll develop your reading, writing, oral, listening and mediation skills.

An integral part of this programme is the opportunity to spend time working or living abroad to experience life in the culture of the language you are studying.  You’ll have the choice of either studying at a partner university or completing a work placement in each semester.

It’s important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself, it involves the integrated study of language, culture and society. As a History and Modern Language (BA) student, you’ll find that often there are complementary issues and perspectives that link these subjects.  

Through this programme, you’ll develop a range of skills that are advantageous in our digital age - creativity, empathy, critical thinking, persuasive communication skills and the ability to challenge and question. 

Subject area: History and ancient history

Subject area: Modern languages and translation

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Entry requirements

We accept a combination of A-levels and other qualifications, as well as equivalent international qualifications subject to entry requirements. Typical offers are as follows:

A level

ABB-BBB. If you have grade B in a language at A-level you will have access to the languages Upper Elementary pathway.

Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

Our grade range covers our standard offer and contextual offer. We carefully consider the circumstances in which you've been studying (your contextual data) upon application.

  • Eligible students will be given an offer at the lower end of the advertised grade range.
  • Where there is no grade range advertised and/or where there are selection processes in place (like an interview) you may receive additional points in the selection process or be guaranteed interview/consideration.

Learn about eligible courses and how contextual data is applied.

International Baccalaureate

32-31 overall or 665 in 3 HL subjects. If you have grade 6 in a HL language you will have access to the languages Upper Elementary pathway.

Baccalaureate Wales

From September 2023, there will be a new qualification called the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales (level 3). This qualification will replace the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (Welsh Baccalaureate). The qualification will continue to be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

You must have or be working towards:
- English language or Welsh language at GCSE grade C/4 or an equivalent (such as A-levels). If you require a Student visa, you must ensure your language qualification complies with UKVI requirements.

We do not accept Critical Thinking, General Studies, Citizenship Studies, or other similar equivalent subjects.
We will accept a combination of BTEC subjects, A-levels, and other qualifications, subject to the course specific grade and subject requirements.


Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.


At least 90 overall with a minimum of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading, and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 69 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Other qualifications from inside the UK


DDM in a BTEC Extended Diploma in Arts, Humanities, Science, and Social Science subjects. If you have grade B in a language at A-level in combination with or in addition to the BTEC you will have access to the languages Upper Elementary pathway.

T level

M in a T Level in any subject.

Qualifications from outside the UK

See our qualification equivalences guide

Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.

Tuition fees for 2025 entry

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.

Learn how we decide your fee status

Fees for home status

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in the second and subsequent years of a course as permitted by law or Welsh Government policy. Where applicable we will notify you of any change in tuition fee by the end of June in the academic year before the one in which the fee will increase.

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2025/26 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Fees for island status

Learn more about the undergraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

Fees for overseas status

Additional costs

You should be prepared to invest in some key texts and to cover the costs of basic printing and photocopying for your own use. You may also want to buy copies of other texts, either because they are important for your modules or because you find them particularly interesting. Many students also choose to invest in personal copies of unabridged bilingual dictionaries and reference grammars.


We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Living costs

We're based in one of the UK's most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.

Course structure

This is a 4-year degree programme and is structured to enable you to develop the language competencies and skills to become a resourceful, independent, pluri-lingual critical thinker, equipped for professional employment.

In each year of the programme, you’ll study 120 credits. Your third year will be spent studying or working in a country where the language you’re studying is spoken.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2025/2026 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2025.

Year one

Year 1 is designed to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge that will form the foundation of your studies. Combining history with your chosen language allows you to experience more than one field of study and to develop the flexibility and intercultural competence that potential employers are looking for.

You’ll take 60 credits of history modules and 60 credits of language and cultural modules.

The core history modules introduce you to the different frameworks which underpin historical research and to the big debates over how we understand ‘global’ connections and historical change. Through these modules, you develop your understanding of why historians disagree and gain skills that enable you to participate in these debates. Optional modules in history give you the opportunity to study a variety of periods and regions. You’ll explore themes, such as religion or film, across multiple periods, while examining the past from different perspectives and introducing you to different forms of evidence for understanding the past.

You’ll study one modern foreign language at either Elementary or Upper Elementary level. The first year provides a thorough foundation in the grammar of the language for students on the Elementary pathway and develops the linguistic skills of students on the Upper Elementary pathway. In addition to your language tuition, you’ll study a cultural-historical module for your chosen language.

Year two

In Year 2, you’ll study three 20-credit modules in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion and two 30-credit modules in a Modern Language.

A 20-credit core module on the history programme develops your skills in understanding the past through exploring different approaches to history and the nature of different kinds of historical evidence and ways of using that evidence. You apply these skills as you research an historical debate which interests you with the support of a supervisor, and also work collaboratively to explore the historian’s role in sharing research beyond the boundaries of academia and the voices they privilege or silence.

Two 20-credit optional modules allow you to explore themes across a more precise geographic or chronological range, while encouraging a more comparative approach.

The language elements of year 2 build on the work undertaken in year 1. You’ll have advanced from the level of your year 1 language module, and you should see how your linguistic abilities, cultural awareness and overall confidence as a language user keep growing. You’ll advance your linguistic skills by studying your language module at Intermediate or Upper-intermediate level. This module prepares you for your time abroad in year 3.

In addition to language, you’ll have the option of studying a 30-credit module looking at the cultures, societies and histories of your language from a global perspective. Alternatively, you can gain increased linguistic and professional skills by opting to study a business language or specialised translation module.

Outside of your formal studies, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in our Modern Foreign Language (MFL) Mentoring project, supported by the Welsh Government. Mentors are trained to inspire and motivate secondary-school pupils and to help them consider their position and role in our multilingual and multicultural world.

You may also choose to take part in the Student Language Ambassador (SLA) scheme, acting as advocates for language learning. Following specific training, as an SLA you may get the opportunity to speak publicly at events, sharing your personal experience of language learning. You may take part in a range of activities, such as language taster sessions, presenting and promoting the year abroad, supporting school language days and events, or promoting modern languages at career fairs or open days.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Spanish IntermediateML025030 credits
Spanish Upper IntermediateML025130 credits
Mandarin Chinese Upper IntermediateML126030 credits
Mandarin Chinese IntermediateML126130 credits
French IntermediateML623030 credits
French Upper IntermediateML623130 credits
Hispanidad in the WorldML020030 credits
The World and Language of Business (Spanish Intermediate)ML025230 credits
The World and Language of Business (Spanish Upper Intermediate)ML025330 credits
The World and Language of Business (Chinese)ML126330 credits
China in the WorldML126630 credits
Introduction to Specialised TranslationML220130 credits
Global France: French and Francophone CulturesML621030 credits
The World and Language of Business (French Intermediate)ML623230 credits
The World and Language of Business (French Upper Intermediate)ML623330 credits
The World and Language of Business (Spanish Intermediate)ML025230 credits
The World and Language of Business (Spanish Upper Intermediate)ML025330 credits
The World and Language of Business (Chinese)ML126330 credits
The World and Language of Business (French Intermediate)ML623230 credits
The World and Language of Business (French Upper Intermediate)ML623330 credits
Reading HistoryHS620120 credits
Everyday Life in Medieval Britain c1200–1600HS621020 credits
A History of the SupernaturalHS621120 credits
History of Human RightsHS621220 credits
Accessible PastsHS621320 credits
The British Civil WarsHS621420 credits
European Enlightenment(s): The View from the MarginsHS621520 credits
America: From Revolution to ReconstructionHS621620 credits
Modern FranceHS621720 credits
Europe's Dark CenturyHS621820 credits
Stalinism: State, Society, and EnvironmentHS621920 credits
Close Neighbours, Dangerous Foes: China, Japan and Modern East AsiaHS622020 credits
Politics and the People in Modern Britain: Protest, citizenship and the stateHS622120 credits
Environmental HistoriesHS622220 credits
Anti-Colonial ResistanceHS622320 credits
Chwyldro, Diwylliant a Radicaliaeth, 1789–1914HS622520 credits
Introduction to Specialised TranslationML220130 credits

Year three: Sandwich year

Your third year will be spent in a foreign language-speaking country enabling you to develop your language skills, deepen your understanding of the culture and develop your independence, resourcefulness and resilience. Studying or working abroad is excellent preparation for your final year and gives you a level of self-confidence and maturity that has proven popular with employers.

You’ll spend a full academic year in the country of the language you are studying.

There are 3 options for your year abroad.

  1. We have established exchange programmes which provide opportunities to study in institutions in cities in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan.
  2. A teaching placement - placements for teaching assistants on a scheme run by the British Council can take you to either a major city or a small, rural town in a wide variety of countries. This option provides first-hand teaching experience and allows you to earn a salary sufficient to live on, although you only work on a part-time basis. Prior to the start of your placement, the British Council provides a training weekend in the destination country. In addition, the school you have been assigned to should also guide you in your role as a teacher and help you to find a place to live.
  3. A work placement - available to students studying French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. You’ll undertake a work placement with an organisation or company in the modern language-speaking world. The necessary arrangements can be made through personal contacts you may have or by approaching organisations directly. The school may also advertise suitable work placements. To ensure that your work placement affords you plenty of opportunity to speak your chosen language and provides you with a beneficial experience, such arrangements will require prior approval by the school.

No matter what you choose, the year abroad is a fantastic opportunity for you to improve your understanding of the language, immerse yourself in another culture, and gain international study or work experience.

Students who do not have citizenship rights in the relevant country must acquire a visa in order to work or study abroad. We have no control or influence over VISA application processes but will work with you to support and guide you in your preparations for visa applications and for your Year Abroad more broadly.

Year four

When we welcome you back to Cardiff in your final year, you’ll develop your linguistic, critical thinking and research skills further.

You’ll study 60 credits from the School of History, Archaeology and Religion and 60 credits from the School of Modern Languages.

In the final year history modules, you are challenged to think more deeply about the nature of historical developments. You develop your skills at analysing sources and writing history through studying a range of specialist modules on offer.

On the language side of the programme, you’ll study a 30-credit advanced language module and one 30-credit optional module. You'll have the option to expand your skills base and horizons through cultural-historical modules and through a wealth of extra-curricular choices. Final year optional modules may vary from year to year, but they generally feature an array of contemporary topics and themes pertinent to one language or presented in a comparative, transnational framework. Themes and topics may include literature, film and visual culture, history, colonialism, and gender studies. You may also take part in our very popular teaching module, during which you’ll undertake a teaching placement at one of our partner schools in the area.

On both sides of the programme, you’ll have the opportunity to write a dissertation, in which you’ll design and carry out a research project on a topic of your choice. Supervised and supported by one of our expert staff, you’ll plan and undertake a research dissertation on a topic that is linked to an area you study as part of your degree. The dissertation provides an opportunity for you to develop advanced independent research skills and an in-depth knowledge of a research topic, fully supported by an academic supervisor and a programme of workshops. Our students generally find the dissertation to be the most enjoyable and exciting part of their studies.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Final Year Dissertation - Spanish (in Spanish)ML036030 credits
Final Year Dissertation - Spanish (in English/Welsh)ML036130 credits
Spanish AdvancedML037030 credits
Specialised ChineseML137130 credits
Final Year Dissertation Chinese (in English/Welsh)ML137330 credits
Mandarin Chinese AdvancedML138030 credits
Final Year Dissertation - Portuguese (in Portuguese)ML436330 credits
Final Year Dissertation - Portuguese (in English/Welsh)ML436430 credits
Portuguese AdvancedML437030 credits
Final Year Dissertation - Japanese (in English/Welsh)ML536330 credits
Japanese 3ML537030 credits
Final Year Dissertation - French (in English/Welsh)ML626230 credits
Final Year Dissertation - French (in French)ML636130 credits
French AdvancedML637130 credits
Final Year Dissertation - German (in English/Welsh)ML735930 credits
Final Year Dissertation - German (in German)ML736130 credits
German AdvancedML738030 credits
Final Year Dissertation - Italian (in Italian)ML836230 credits
Final Year Dissertation - Italian (in English/Welsh)ML836330 credits
Italian AdvancedML837030 credits
Catalan Language & SocietyML036230 credits
The Falklands War in Argentine CultureML036530 credits
Revolutionaries & Nationalists in SpainML036830 credits
Culture, Political Protest & Dissent in the 1960sML136030 credits
European Cinema: Thinking the Real of FictionML136230 credits
Student Teaching ModuleML136330 credits
Global Narratives of Colonialism, Slavery & Their LegaciesML136530 credits
Sinophone Cultures: Hong Kong, Taiwan & Chinese DiasporasML137230 credits
Memory & Symbols in JapanML536430 credits
The French Avant-Garde: From Art to RevolutionML637030 credits
United but Divided? Exploring German UnificationML736730 credits
Italian Women's WritingML836430 credits
Researching History: DissertationHS630040 credits
Digital Games and the Practice of HistoryHS631020 credits
Spies and Espionage in the Medieval WorldHS631120 credits
Kingship: Image, Power and Portrayal, c.1100-1399HS631220 credits
Gender, Identity and Experience in Medieval EuropeHS631320 credits
Witchcraft and Witch-Hunting in Early Modern Europe, 1400-1750HS631420 credits
An Information Revolution: Politics and Communication in Early Modern BritainHS631520 credits
An Information Revolution: Politics and Communication in Early Modern BritainHS631520 credits
Health and Illness in Early Modern BritainHS631620 credits
Mobile Lives: Travel, Exile, and Migration in the Early Modern WorldHS631720 credits
Slavery and Enslaved Life in the United States, 1775-1865HS631820 credits
Native American HistoryHS631920 credits
Utopias of Extremism: Revolutions in Comparative ContextHS632020 credits
Czechoslovakia: The Twentieth Century in MiniatureHS632120 credits
France under OccupationHS632220 credits
Inside the Third ReichHS632320 credits
Violence and Ideology in the Inter-War Soviet UnionHS632420 credits
War and Freedom in the postcolonial SudansHS632620 credits
Gender and Imperialism, India c.1800- c.1900HS632720 credits
Change, Conflict, and Mass Mobilisation in Republican China, 1911-1945HS632820 credits
The Dark Valley of Fascist Japan, 1930-1945HS632920 credits
Peripheral Reverberations of the French RevolutionHS633020 credits
Mayhem and murder: Investigating the Victorian UnderworldHS633120 credits
The Making of British SocialismHS633220 credits
Britain at War: Culture and Politics on the Home Front, 1939-1945HS633320 credits
Public and Private: Gender, Identities and Power in Twentieth Century BritainHS633420 credits
Jews, Europe and the WorldHS633520 credits

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

We employ a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, language classes, and workshops. 

Lecture content provides an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you with the skills to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop and try out your own ideas. These materials may be delivered to you in face-to-face format or provided in a digital format so that you can study them at your own pace and convenience.

Seminars are interactive classes that consist of a small group of students and a member of the module teaching team. They may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small group work and student-led presentations. Seminars provide a dynamic environment in which you can explore and critically engage with the ideas and debates outlined in lectures. 

Our language teaching focuses on active learning and meaningful student participation. Ample opportunities are provided to regularly practise and develop the key language competencies and skills. Classes are designed to expand your linguistic proficiency and enhance your confidence and communication skills in a friendly and supportive environment. 

Class preparation and independent study form a key part of your learning. Between classes, you’ll prepare material, evidence and arguments, and complete language tasks individually or in groups. 

Research is central to the student experience at Cardiff University and all our teaching is informed by the latest findings.

Our teaching methods foster intellectual skills, such as critical thinking, close analysis, evaluating evidence, constructing arguments, using theory and the effective deployment of language in writing and in debate. We also help you gain experience in team working, independent research and time management in a supportive environment.

How will I be supported?

You’ll be guided through your studies by a Personal Tutor, who is able to advise you on academic issues. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact. You’ll meet with your personal tutor twice during each academic year, but you are encouraged to get in touch with them at any other time if you need help or advice. All academic staff have designated hours where they are available to meet with students.  

During your year of study or work abroad you’ll be assigned a Year Abroad Coordinator, who will keep in touch with you and monitor your progress.

Each module has its own dedicated space on the Cardiff University Virtual Learning Environment where you’ll be guided through the weekly activities and tasks you need to complete. You’ll have access to shared learning materials and resources such as lecture recordings, language tasks and resources, information about assessments and links to digital resources including the library materials available in electronic format. 

Professional Services staff in our Undergraduate Student Hub are available to answer your questions.

The School of Modern Languages has a dedicated Student Support Officer who can provide you with the necessary advice and guidance in a supportive, caring and confidential environment.

Student Life services, located in the Centre for Student Life, offers a range of services. These support services encompass: Advice and Money, Student Futures, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing, the Student Disability Service, Academic Study Skills and Student Mentoring, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

How will I be assessed?

Our assessments are designed to support you in developing your ideas, skills and competencies. They encourage you to be innovative and creative, to think critically about the texts and cultures you encounter and to present evidence-based arguments both in English and through the medium of the language you study. 

You’ll study the building blocks of the language, including grammatical and lexical patterns and structures. These skills will be regularly assessed over the course of your language modules, which reflects the progressive and accumulative nature of language learning.

We use traditional assessment formats (such as essays, exams, quizzes, oral exams, presentations and dissertation) as well as more innovative forms of assessment, (the creation of vlogs, podcasts, video and audio projects, interviews, portfolios and poster presentations). Assessments also include source criticisms, research projects, reviews, creative-critical portfolios and blog posts.  

Some of our assessments allow you to work collaboratively on a project, while others include writing and creating for different audiences. For example, you might be asked to design a museum exhibition or create a guide for using sources. Long essays allow you to address fundamental historical questions or explore an historical issue or debate in more depth.

In all cases, our assessments are designed to support you in developing your ideas, skills and competencies. They help equip you with skills to link your knowledge to local, national and global issues, and encourage you to be innovative and creative; to find new ways to address problems or ask questions; to collaborate in solving problems and presenting findings; and to present evidence-based arguments. The skills developed and assessed throughout the programme prepare you for entry into a range of graduate careers. Individual and group feedback on assessments and other learning provides you with the opportunity to reflect on your current or recent level of attainment.

Individual feedback is provided on all assessed work to help you improve performance for future assessments, and you’ll have opportunities to discuss this feedback with your tutors. In addition, you’ll do various practice exercises such as quizzes, presentations and essay or project plans.  You’ll receive formative feedback from tutors, in order to improve your learning and understanding before you complete your summative assessments.

What skills will I practise and develop?

On successful completion of your programme, you’ll be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:

KU1 Speak, write, and understand a modern foreign language to degree standard.  

KU2 Understand the structures, registers and varieties of the language you are learning and use them flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes, as appropriate.

KU3 Critically analyse aspects of the cultures, histories and societies of the countries in which your language is spoken by drawing on a range of materials and approaches. 

KU4 Demonstrate an in-depth, critical knowledge, awareness and understanding of the similarities and dissimilarities of cultures and societies other than your own.

KU5 Apply an in-depth intercultural understanding including specific knowledge of other cultures, to navigate and mediate between more than one culture.

KU6 Engage critically and conceptually with the changing assumptions and methods that historians use to explain the past.

KU7 Demonstrate systematic knowledge and understanding of the complexity and diversity of the past in relation to a geographic, thematic or textual context.

KU8 Demonstrate a critical awareness of the limits of disciplinary knowledge and the evolving nature of that knowledge and understanding.

Intellectual Skills:

IS1 Communicate clearly, concisely and effectively to diverse audiences, in writing and speech, in English and in a modern foreign language.

IS2 Adopt a range of strategies to initiate and undertake analysis of information.

IS3 Formulate conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of views and arguments, justifying these with sound reasoning and detailed interpretations of source material.

IS4 Critically evaluate ideas and arguments, through the coherent presentation of information and ideas using a plethora of written and oral skills. 

IS5 Draw on relevant and effective research techniques to plan and write or deliver academic texts (essays, presentations, audio-visual texts) using evidence and the correct referencing conventions.

IS6 Utilise knowledge and appropriate skills and methods to identify and critically evaluate historical and cultural change.

IS7 Formulate and justify arguments about a range of historical issues, problems and debates using historiographical and/or literary ideas and methods.

IS8 Identify appropriate primary sources, reflect upon their nature and analyse them critically to address questions and solve problems.

Professional Practical Skills:

PS1 Use digital media effectively as a source of information, a means of communication and as an aid to learning. 

PS2 Apply enhanced linguistic skills in a professional setting. 

PS3 Identify and describe problems and work collaboratively towards their resolution.

PS4 Demonstrate resilience, adaptability and independence through time spent in immersive modern language contexts.

PS5 Demonstrate critical thinking, reasoning and the ability to assimilate and summarise complex information and ideas though the independent selection and critical analysis of an appropriate range of evidence.

PS6 Ask cogent and focused questions and pursue answers to these questions through structured enquiry, selecting and interrogating an appropriate range of evidence.

PS7 Summarise and critically appraise the relative merits and demerits of alternative views and interpretations and evaluate their significance.

Transferable/Key Skills:

KS1 Employ critical thinking and reasoning to analyse and evaluate diverse and complex texts and ideas. 

KS2 Apply practical research skills. 

KS3 Generate original ideas and apply creative, imaginative and innovative thinking in response to identified needs and problems   

KS4 Learn from constructive feedback and incorporate its insights.

KS5 Be resourceful and take responsibility for your own guided and independent learning and professional development.

KS6 Utilise a range of employability and enterprise skills, such as creativity, initiative, organisation, time management, independent and team working.

KS7 Act as a global citizen, engaging with and valuing cultural difference through practical experience of other countries.  

KS8 Demonstrate leadership, teamwork and self-management skills.


Career prospects

Graduating with a range of academic and practical skills – including teamworking, leadership and communication – the confidence to use them and the ability to see the big picture, you’ll be valued by employers and ideally placed to progress into a range of careers.

We’re committed to helping you achieve your professional ambitions and to make your mark in a competitive job market. Whether you have a clear idea of what you would like to do after university, or no idea at all, we have the tools and support to guide you.

We encourage our students to think about life beyond university from day one, offering modules and support to give you a competitive advantage on graduating no matter what path you choose to follow.

Our History and a Modern Language (BA) programme equips you with a lively and critical understanding of the past, its enduring legacies, and how it connects to the present, and important skills which employers’ value from collaborative working and communicating with a wide range of audiences to critical thinking and finding new ways to address problems. We provide you with opportunities to attain and develop enterprise skills as you progress from pitching your ideas on global history on first year modules and working collaboratively on a project in year 2 to credit-bearing placements in year 2, year abroad and your final year. A range of option modules extend these opportunities and support you to develop these skills further.

Work experience and placements are great opportunities to enhance your employability and career prospects and can help you make decisions about your future career plans. The programme includes placement learning as an integral element of your degree.

Training and careers events are delivered in and out of the curriculum with a focus on developing skills while in university and articulating those skills successfully in future applications. We work closely with Student Futures who not only deliver training and workshops on our core modules, but also offer a wealth of opportunities. Beyond your formal studies we run programmes that provide you with opportunities to engage with local schools and communities or work with local heritage organisations to develop your own skills and profile whilst allowing you to make a difference.

The Cardiff Award provides you with a framework through which to develop your employability, while you can take advantage of a wide range of university programmes from Languages for All (to try out a further language) to support from the Enterprise and Start Up team to bring your ideas to life.

We ensure that placements can be incorporated into your learning. Opportunities for diverse, bespoke placements are offered in year 2 on a module which focuses on translating the skills you gain through your degree into the workplace. In your final year, we offer the opportunity to take a module through which you can develop your enterprise skills, and which equips you with the skills to communicate and collaborate with external organisations. Staff also have close links with a range of local heritage and other organisations, which offer placement opportunities both in and outside semesters.

Our graduates flourish in the job market. Their language degrees lead them into a diverse and exciting range of careers which have included finance, international sport liaison roles, business consultancy, education, health, the civil service, the heritage and museums sector, the media, politics, diplomacy, interpreting, translation, law and teaching.

Many graduates enjoy their year overseas so much that they take time out for more travel or go abroad on graduation in search of employment.

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