Course Overview

Attendance
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) or the Global Communication route, 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. An optional year abroad is available.

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.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

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/Chinese/French/Spanish World and the Word 1
  • Intercultural Communication: An Introduction OR
  • The Arab/Chinese/French/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 OR
  • Expressions of Arabic/Chinese/French/Spanish Culture 1
  • Complex Narratives: Representation, Meaning, Identity OR
  • Expressions of Arabic/Chinese/French/Spanish Culture 2
  • Language, Power and Institutions: Decoding Dominant Narratives
  • Transnational Issues and Local Culture on Film
  • Multilingual e-Collaboration: Transposing Current Affairs
  • Culture(s) and Conflict(s): Representations of War, Conflict and Revolution Across World Cultures
  • Faculty or University Elective

Subjects of study include:

  • Towards Professional Translation 1
  • Towards Professional Translation 2
  • Translation Project
  • Professionalising Global Communication OR
  • Themes in Arabic/Chinese/French/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.

Professional recognition

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

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BCC to ABB  (with C in French or speaking French proficiently)

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points including a minimum of 4 in French at Higher Level. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme

  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM with evidence of successful modern foreign language learning in French

  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D* D* with evidence of successful modern foreign language learning in French

  • Access – 104 to 128 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course with evidence of successful modern foreign language learning in French

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

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points including a minimum of 4 in French at Higher Level

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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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.

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: Our fees for 2020/21 will be published in April 2019 (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

You should budget between £50-£100 for additional materials at Level 4, £50-£100 at Level 5 and £50-£100 at Level 6.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: Our fees for 2020/21 will be published in April 2019 (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

You should budget between £50-£100 for additional materials at Level 4, £50-£100 at Level 5 and £50-£100 at Level 6.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites, situated on and around one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London. Our Humanities subjects are based at 309 Regent Street which includes recently refurbished social spaces, gym facilities and our Regent Street Cinema. Criminology, Sociology and Politics students 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.

Contact us

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+44 (0)20 7915 5511

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