Typical offer: A*AA- A*A*A with an A* in History and/or the relevant language (for languages to be studied post-A-Level) (or equivalent)
Required subjects: History and a Language (if to be studied post A-Level)
Useful subjects: Languages
Number of students per year: Up to 2
The new BA in History and Modern Languages will accommodate many different interests and approaches, including language, culture, film, and political thought, alongside modern British, European, American and world history. Students will spend the third year abroad, studying or working in a foreign country, and the course is likely to prove a springboard into a huge variety of careers, from journalism and broadcasting to law, business and finance.
Our four-year degree encompasses intensive study in language, culture, film, the history of political thought and a wide variety of modern British, European, American and world history. Like other language students, you spend the third year abroad – studying or working in a foreign country, and immersing yourself in the language, culture and history.
History and Modern Languages is a four-year course, comprised of Part I and Part II.
In Part Ia, students enhance their written and spoken language skills abd study a related course. Alongside this, student choose one ‘Outline’ course from History Part Ia, which introduce students to broad themes within a specific historical period. In Part 1b, students continue to advance their language study and take three further courses. The three further courses are a further course related to your language, a History ‘Topic’ course, and either an additional MMLL paper or the History Ib ‘Research Project’.
The first-year of Part II is a year abroad, during which students will prepare a Year Abroad Project which will cover culture, thought, history or politics of a country. At the start of the final year, students take an Advanced Oral examination. Students will also study advanced language courses in your chosen language and three other advanced courses from wither faculties. Students have the option of submitting a dissertation in place of one of these papers.
Typical offers require
- A Level: A*AA-A*A*A, with A* in History (if taken) and/or the relevant language to be studied post-A-Level. Typical offers will be based on subjects taken - for those wanting to study a language post-A-Level, the offer will usually be A*A*A, with A* in History and A* in the language to be studied post-A-Level.
- IB: 42 points, with 776 at Higher Level including HL 7 in History (if taken) and/or the relevant language to be studied post-HL. Typical offers will be based on subjects taken - for those wanting to study a language post-HL, the offer will usually be A*A*A, with A* in History (if taken) and A* in the language to be studied post-HL.
- Advanced Highers: A1, A2, A2-A1, A1, A2, with A1 in History (if taken) and/or the relevant language to be studied post-Advanced Highers. Typical offers will be based on subjects taken - for those wanting to study a language post-Advanced Highers, the offer will usually be A*A*A, with A* in History (if taken) and A* in the language to be studied post-Advanced Highers.
For other qualifications see the main entrance requirements pages on the University website.
Required: A relevant Language (if wanting to continue with a Language currently studied)
Highly recommended: Languages, History
Required: A relevant Language at Higher Level (if wanting to continue with a Language currently studied)
Highly recommended: Higher Level Languages, Higher Level History
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Students will be required to submit two pieces of written work. Please see our guidance document for more information on the submission of written work.
Applicants shortlisted for interview will be required to take two Cambridge College registered assessments: a Language assessment (format depending on whether language is to be studied from scratch or post A Level) and a History Admissions Assessment (HAA). Applicants do not need to register themselves for this assessment in advance. More information is available here.
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