This programme allows you to combine the study of a modern foreign language and English literature to a high level. If you choose either French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish you can start the programme at the level of language learning that suits you, whether you are a complete beginner or a native speaker of your chosen language. If you wish to study Portuguese you must have at least post-A Level/B2 (CEFR) or equivalent language competence. Not only will you attain a good level of competence in the language, you will also have a chance to learn about the culture of the language-speaking area, choosing from a range of modules covering literature, film, history, visual culture and philosophy, amongst other cultural fields. You will also have the opportunity to study a number of cross-cultural modules which will allow you to explore specific themes across a variety of language-speaking areas. The English literature component of the programme will allow you to engage imaginatively in the reading and analysis of literary texts from all periods, from the Anglo-Saxon to the present day, to develop independent critical judgement and to write lucid, well-structured and analytical prose. You will also have the opportunity to study a number of cross-cultural modules which will allow you to explore specific themes across a variety of language-speaking areas. The third year is normally spent abroad at a partner institution to allow you to develop your language skills and your knowledge of the culture of the language-speaking area you are studying. You can also apply for a three-year version of the programme without a year abroad and you will normally also be able to transfer to this version of the programme during your first or second year of study if you decide you do not wish to study outside of the UK.