We are happy to consider applications with any pattern of school subjects. A background of study in Modern Languages, English, or Classics is obviously suitable, but we are also enthusiastic about historians, mathematicians, and natural or social scientists. A working knowledge of a language other than English is a distinct advantage.
We normally expect applicants to have at least three good passes at A level or combination of A and AS levels. We welcome equivalent qualifications, and consider alternative qualifications on their merits, especially in the case of mature and overseas applicants. If you want to study French, German or Spanish then we normally require you to have a grade B or higher in that language at A level or equivalent.
For more information, see Typical offers.
If English is to be your language specialism then A level or equivalent qualifications in English language or literature are desirable but are by no means essential.
If you have studied English language at A level and have enjoyed the ‘language investigation’ component then you will enjoy our take on the study of English, which deals mostly with spoken language data.
If you haven’t studied English language at A level, don’t worry, as our first year modules take you back to first principles, and other subjects such as languages, (social) sciences or maths will also give you an edge.
We want students who are strongly motivated towards our courses: you should be keen to study language and have an aptitude for its study. You must be interested in language as a natural and social phenomenon and the linguistic approach to the study of modern languages.
In our initial selection process a good deal of weight is given to the report of the confidential referee and to the applicant’s own personal statement. An interview in York may follow, although it is more likely that a decision will be made without interview. Applicants to whom places are offered are invited to visit the Department on Visit Days held in the spring.
Yes! If you are thinking of applying to York, we strongly encourage you to visit the University on an Open Day. Each department has an information stand at these events, and you will be able to take home literature about our degrees, and speak to a few current staff and students. You will also be able to look round the University campus.
If we make you an offer for one of our degrees, you will be invited to a post-application visit to the Department. This will be a more in-depth opportunity to see the department and its facilities, hear presentations about our degree programs, and speak to a wider range of current staff and students.
We recommend that you visit on organised Open Days, as you will then be able to experience the full planned program of activities. However, if you are unable to make it to a set Open Day, you are welcome to contact the Admissions Tutor to arrange an Independent Visit.
We take approximately 120 undergraduates each year, spread across our 22 different degree programmes.
How are modules taught, and how many students will there be in my class?
Teaching methods vary according to the type and level of the module.
You can usually expect an average of three contact hours per module per week for a 20 credit module that lasts one term. In French, German, Italian and Spanish weekly totals vary but typically range from three to five contact hours a week. In the first year English language and linguistics modules run all through the year, with one lecture hour and one seminar hour per module per week (12 contact hours weekly).
Bear in mind that this is classroom contact time. At university much more of your learning takes place in your own time than in the classroom. You will have assignments and reading to do outside of class, and are also expected to explore wider reading around the subject using library resources.
A variety of assessment methods are used. Timed written examinations are mostly used in introductory modules. Higher level modules involve submission of exercises, essays, practical projects or dissertations, with some closed or open (take-home) exams. French, German, Italian and Spanish modules, and some phonetics modules, include oral and aural exams.
For the current Home/EU and Overseas fee rates:
The Department does not offer any undergraduate funding, but the University offers several bursaries for lowincome home students. Please see the further information about other University awards and maintenance loans/grants.
Overseas students are not eligible for the above awards and grants, but the Department offers Scholarships for Overseas Undergraduate students, and there are competitive scholarships for partial funding are offered through the International Office.