Course Overview

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

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

This Translation Studies BA Honours gives you professionally oriented training in the skills, knowledge and competencies which will allow you to build a career as a professional translator. You will develop your knowledge of language structure, register, textuality and discourse, through the application of linguistic concepts to practically orientated translation tasks. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

The course offers French and Spanish as main languages, which you can combine with another language (Arabic, Chinese, French or Spanish) depending on your entry point. We accept intermediate (post-A Level) and proficient speakers in French and Spanish. This is a linguistically challenging course and we may need to assess you in order to determine your entry point and suitability.

As well as careers in professional translation, our graduates have also found employment as interpreters, teachers (both in foreign languages and English as a foreign language), and in various other sectors including law, marketing, journalism, and the Civil Service.

 

You will study an integrated curriculum with a focus on professional context and communication skills, bilingual translation skills and theory. Depending on your choice, your studies may include the rigorous development of a new foreign language or modules in cultural studies. Teaching and learning takes place through a combination of formal lectures, seminars and practical workshops; guided self-study and preparation; and exposure to professionally relevant simulations and real-work environments.

Much of your learning will take place during independent study, individually and in groups, in the well-resourced and recently refurbished library, at home and via the online learning provision. Assessment methods include in-class coursework, essays and projects, presentations, and oral and unseen written exams. 

Alongside core modules in translation, the course offers a wide range of option modules, covering topics including global communications, world cultures, current affairs, politics and gender issues. 

For more specific and detailed module information please refer to the full course document.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
  • Introduction to Translation 1
  • Introduction to Translation 2
  • Interpersonal Global Communication: Concepts and Strategies OR
  • The Arab World and the Word 1
  • The Chinese World and the Word 1
  • The French World and the Word 1
  • The Spanish World and the Word 1
  • Intercultural Communication: An Introduction
  • The Arab World and the Word 2
  • The Chinese World and the Word 2
  • The French World and the Word 2
  • The Spanish World and the Word 2
  • Objects and Meaning (Option)
  • Faculty or University Elective

Subjects of study include:

  • Building Translation Competence 1
  • Building Translation Competence 2
  • Language, Power and Institutions: Decoding Dominant Narratives
  • Expressions of Arabic Culture 1
  • Expressions of Chinese Culture 1
  • Expressions of French Culture 1
  • Expressions of Spanish Culture 1
  • Complex Narratives: Representation, Meaning, Identities
  • Expressions of Arabic Culture 2
  • Expressions of Chinese Culture 2
  • Expressions of French Culture 2
  • Expressions of Spanish Culture 2
  • Language, Power and Institutions: Decoding Dominant Narratives
  • Transnational Issues and Local Culture on Film
  • Multilingual e-Collaboration: Transposing Current Affairs
  • Representations of Revolution and Resistance
  • Faculty or University Elective

Subjects of study include:

  • Towards Professional Translation 1
  • Towards Professional Translation 2
  • Translation Project
  • Professionalising Global Communication: Concepts and Strategies
  • Themes in Arabic Studies
  • Themes in Chinese Studies
  • Themes in French and Francophone Studies
  • Themes in Hispanic Studies
  • Happiness Across Cultures
  • People and Things on the Move: Identity, Place and Memory in and across Diasporic Spaces
  • Narrating the Other: Politics and Literature
  • Gender Matters: Femininities, Masculinites and Trans-cultural Practice
  • Career Competencies for Linguists
  • Faculty or University Elective

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.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A Levels - BCC to include a minimum of grade C in Spanish or be a proficient speaker
  • International Baccalaureate - 28 points including a minimum of 4 in Spanish at Higher Level
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma - DMM with evidence of successful modern foreign language learning in Spanish
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma - D*D* with evidence of successful modern foreign language learning in Spanish
  • 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:

  • Minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English at GCSE and evidence of successful modern foreign language learning in Spanish

Mixed qualifications: We consider applications that reflect a mixture of Level 3 qualifications as long as they are equivalent to our standard entry requirements.

We may need to test you to ascertain your language level if you are not doing an A Level in Spanish.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points including a minimum of 4 in Spanish at Higher Level

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Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

Careers

A degree in translation opens multiple doors in the world of work, owing to the transferable skills honed and the eye for detail that translators develop.

Former students on the Translation degree have gone on to work for:

  • Leading translation and transcreation agencies
  • Major museums, galleries and auction houses, such as Sotheby's
  • International institutions like the EU
  • The Foreign Office or in the security service
  • Publishing, editing and marketing

Some have opened their own businesses or gone into teaching languages here and abroad. Others choose to pursue their studies in translation and interpreting and stay on to do our specialised MA courses.

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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

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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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