BSc International Hospitality / BSc International Tourism – Language opportunities
Students following this pathway will study a language in each year of their programme. French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese are offered at a variety of levels. Point of entry will depend on previous qualifications as detailed in the table below:

Complete beginners or those who have achieved grades C, D, E at GCSE:  
FREX01 (French 1)
GERX01 (German 1)
SPNX01 (Spanish 1)
MANX001 (Mandarin 1)

Plymouth University modules French 1/Spanish 1/German 1 or grades A and B at GCSE:
FREX02 (French 2)
SPNX02 (Spanish 2)
GERX02 (German 2)

Plymouth University modules French 2/Spanish 2 or AS level (or equivalent):
FREX03 (French 3)
SPNX03 (Spanish 3)

Plymouth University modules French 3/Spanish 3 or A level (or equivalent):
FREX400 (Advanced French 1)
SPNX400 (Advanced Spanish 1)

Plymouth University modules Advanced French 1/Advanced Spanish 1 (or equivalent):
FREX500 (Advanced French 2)
SPNX500 (Advanced Spanish 2)

Plymouth University modules Advanced French 2/ Advanced Spanish 2 (or equivalent):
FREX600 (Advanced French 3)
SPNX600 (Advanced Spanish 3)

For students who have spent time abroad in a French or Spanish speaking country:
FREX700 (Advanced French 4)
SPNX700 (Advanced Spanish 4)

Students may focus on one language or develop their portfolio and study up to three over the duration of their course. In addition to language learning, students will also take modules over the course of their entire programme relating to international communication and culture. Language competence goes hand-in-hand with intercultural awareness and understanding and so the development of language skills together with the fostering of insights into different cultures provide a competitive edge in the labour market. The language/culture components of BSc International Hospitality/Tourism management are detailed below:

Year 1
Irrespective of your level, language classes are of an interactive nature, focussing on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
 
In addition to building your linguistic competency, you will follow a series of lectures and seminars based on cultural difference and improving intercultural communication. These sessions are designed to prepare you for working life in a world in which interaction with other cultures is crucial to your success. 

Year 2
In your second year you will continue to develop your language skills, either building upon existing knowledge or choosing a language with which you are not yet familiar. In addition, you will further develop your understanding and appreciation of other cultures through examining French and Spanish speaking countries. You will achieve this through both academic study and the personal experience of a field trip either to Madrid or Paris. 

Final Year  
In your third year you will continue to develop your language skills, either building upon existing knowledge or choosing a language with which you are not yet familiar. You will continue to examine cultural aspects relating to the Spanish and French speaking worlds and will engage actively in independent research and analysis. 

Spanish Fast-Track option: SFTX01A/SFTX01B
Students can also opt for an accelerated ab initio course, available in Spanish only. Little or no previous knowledge of Spanish is required but students should be able to demonstrate that they have engaged in foreign language learning (e.g. GCSE or acceptable standard in English if it is not your mother tongue). Given the intensive nature of this course, the programme of study for these students is slightly different.

Year 1 - An intensive language module covers the whole year and replaces the module on international communication. 
Year 2 - An intensive language module covers the whole year and replaces the module on Franco/Hispanic culture.
Year 3 - You continue to develop your language skills but also examine cultural aspects relating to the Spanish speaking worlds. You will engage actively in independent research and analysis.

Features of Languages at Plymouth University

  • Small, interactive classes taught in the attractive and well-equipped Faculty of Business.
  • Expert teaching from an experienced team of linguists whose research interests include aspects of modern French and Spanish culture and society, language acquisition, e-learning and cultural studies.
  • The opportunity, not solely to develop your ability to speak a foreign tongue (s), but to enhance your communicative and transferable skills, thereby increasing your chances of employability. 
Meet the Team
Programme Manager: Dr Danielle Bishop
Spanish: Dr Chelo de Andrés Martínez, Philip Edwards, Blanca Del Cerro-García and Irene García Ruiz