This four-year degree enables you to combine a solid foundation in English with the study of one from a choice of languages and cultures, namely Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. You will engage in literary study while developing your language skills and explore innovations in literature in their historical and national context. This programme enables you to experience a new culture and learning environment through a third year at one of our international partner universities, or in approved paid or voluntary employment. The first year gives you a foundational knowledge of English literary studies plus essential language training. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks. In the second year you will advance your grasp of literary knowledge and methods through a choice of optional modules and continue your language training. Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics. The third year is spent abroad, either on a work placement, studying at a university, or in a school working as a language assistant. The focal-point of your final year is the dissertation. This provides you with the opportunity to explore an area of interest and to demonstrate what you have learned over the previous years of your degree. You will also take three other specialist modules to create a programme of work fully reflecting your interests. German, Italian, Russian and Spanish can be studied from A level or beginner’s level, with students reaching degree level in the final year. Chinese and Portuguese can normally only be studied from beginner’s level. French can only be studied from A level, not beginner’s level, to degree level, though it is possible to study French from beginner’s level to a lesser level of proficiency than degree level in the Foreign Language Centre, subject to demand. For full details on degree structure and module selection and details, please refer to the section on modules.