Language is how we make sense of the world. It is fundamental to our perception of what’s around us, and our place in society. Understanding how language works can prove invaluable in a range of professions, and the ability to speak a foreign language is more and more sought after in this globalised world. This course could give you crucial skills to move on to a rewarding career. Humour, power, relationships: none of these would be possible without language. We’ll look at linguistics in depth so you can analyse language and assess how it works. You’ll have the chance to develop a range of language styles, and the tools to describe them as well as the different concepts, theories and tools of different branches of linguistics. On your course you could also build up transferable skills that will be useful in the professional environment. We aim to help you develop skills in communication, self-motivation, teamwork, analysis, creative problem-solving and persuasiveness. In your second year, you’ll also have the opportunity to take a placement for five weeks. This will give you the chance to see how the language skills you’ve learnt on the course can be applied to communication in the working environment. Studying a foreign language alongside your linguistics studies will give you a unique perspective on the importance of language. You’ll study two language options from a variety of modern language modules depending on your prior knowledge and experience. Options include French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Urdu and Chinese. You’ll have the chance to gain an understanding of how language shapes us and shapes cultures too. Studying a foreign language will also give you the opportunity to look at the society and cultures of the countries where the language is spoken.