Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £1,540 *
International Fees £2,125 *
Duration 5 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

At Westminster we train competent linguists in modern languages ready to enter graduate employment. We place particular emphasis on employability and the contemporary cultural context, and offer high-quality teaching in all language skills.

This course will enable you to achieve a good or high level of linguistic competence in Arabic in all four skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking), enhance your skills in using English, and develop linguistic and cultural knowledge and understanding. You will be able to function in different cultural situations and acquire the generic qualities and skills of a humanities graduate. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Our Arabic courses are only available to beginner or 'false beginner' entrants – false beginners are students who may be able to read the Arabic script, and/or have the equivalent to one or two years' part-time study. Please note that we may need to test you to determine your entry point.

You will study an integrated curriculum with a focus on applied language skills and cultural studies, supported by a rigorous development of your foreign languages skills in all areas. You will develop a high level of competence in oral and written communication in Arabic, proficiency in language transfer skills, a thorough knowledge of Arabic culture, and the ability to function linguistically in diverse cultural situations.

English Language focuses on the relationship between language and non-literary and literary texts, and on the history of the English language and the ways in which it currently varies around the British Isles and the world as a global language. You will develop your understanding of the English language and, at a wider level, the ways in which it reflects and contributes to wider meanings in society. You will also have the opportunity to consider the theoretical tools of both literary analysis and language research in detail.

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, seminars and workshops, but most of your learning is independent, conducted beyond the classroom (individually and in groups) in the library, at home, and via online learning.

You will have the opportunity to spend a full academic year abroad at a partner institution and/or approved form of employment in a country where Arabic is the official language. You can also study an elective module from across the University in each year.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. The programme below is for a three-year course. If you study part time you will study the same content, spread over four years. Please note, each Level corresponds to one Year in the full-time version of the course (Level 4 is equivalent to Year 1, Level 5 is equivalent to Year 2, and Level 6 is equivalent to Year 3).

Subjects of study include:

  • English Language and Literature Tutorial
  • Intercultural Communication: an Introduction
  • Introduction to Language and Literature
  • Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
  • Language Myths
  • Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums
  • Poetry and Politics
  • Shakespeare and Performance
  • The Arabic World and the Word
  • Words, Meaning and Texts

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Child Language Acquisition
  • Culture(s) and Conflict(s): Representations of War, Conflict and Revolution across World Cultures
  • Expressions of Arabic Culture
  • History and Discourse
  • Language Power and Institutions: Decoding Dominant Narratives
  • Literary Linguistics
  • Making Memory: Culture History and Representation
  • Monsters
  • Screening Memory through Food, Music and Childhood
  • Multilingual e-Collaboration: Transposing Current Affairs
  • Travel Sickness
  • Work Placement/Work Shadowing Experience in a Language/Culture Setting
  • Writing Revolutions

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Discourse Analysis
  • Applied Language Studies
  • Developing Career Competences for Linguists
  • Dissertation
  • Dreaming the Same Dream? Concepts of Happiness across Cultures
  • Gender Matters: Femininities, Masculinities and Trans-Cultural Practice
  • Internship and Personal Professional Development
  • Issues in Linguistics
  • Language Contact and Change
  • Narrating the Other: Politics and Literature
  • People and Things on the Move: Identity, Place and Memory in and Across Diasporic Spaces
  • Studies in Literary Language
  • Themes in Arabic Studies

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Professional recognition

The University of Westminster is a Higher Education Language partner of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A Levels – BCC
  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma – DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

All applicants should be able to present evidence of successful modern foreign language learning but please note that these courses are designed for students only at Beginners or False Beginners level in Arabic and we may need to test you to determine your language level.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points

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Careers

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £1,540 (Price per 20-credit module)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £2,125 (Price per 20-credit module)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites all situated on and around one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is based at 309 Regent Street and includes recently refurbished social spaces and gym facilities. Students in the faculty are also taught at our Wells Street site. Westminster Law School resides at Little Titchfield Street. Alongside a full mock courtroom, hi-tech learning spaces and a pro-bono clinic, it also houses our state-of-the-art, 382-seat lecture theatre. For more details, visit our locations page.

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