The course

UCAS code
Q194
Duration
4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

The Languages Interpreting and Translating (LINT) degree at Heriot-Watt University allows you to study German and British Sign Language to degree level.

Students with only one language at post-Higher/A-Level follow an accelerated intensive language course during Year 1 and join the mainstream language courses from Year 2. The degrees focus on practical language skills, communication studies, European studies and linguistics/ translation studies.

In Year 3 of this course you will spend 1 semester abroad at one of our partner institutions immeresed in the German language. The other semester of Year 3 will be spent on an in-work placement in the UK signing community immersed in British Sign Language.

Accreditation

The Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies is a member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI).

Accredited by the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) for the purpose of fulfilling the educational requirements to become a Registered Sign Language Interpreter.

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Language and Intercultural Studies
  • German: Intermediate (1)
  • British Sign Language: Intensive for Beginners (1)

Semester 2

  • Introduction to European History and Culture
  • German: Intermediate (2)
  • British Sign Language: Intensive for Beginners (2)

British Sign Language: Intensive for Beginners is the equivalent of two standard 15 credit courses. 

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Societies and Institutions in Contemporary Europe
  • German: Advanced (1)
  • British Sign Language: Advanced (1)

Semester 2

  • General Linguistics
  • German: Advanced (2)
  • British Sign Language: Advanced (2) 

Year 3

Students taking BSL and a European language also complete two five-month placements. One placement is in the country where their foreign language is spoken (France, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Mexico). The other placement is work-based within the UK signing community with an organisation in the field, further developing sign language skills and cultural awareness. 

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Dissertation (1)
  • Translation and Language Proficiency (1)
  • Advanced Interpreting Skills (1)
  • International Politics and Organisation

Semester 2

  • Dissertation (2)
  • Translation and Language Proficiency (2)
  • Advanced Interpreting Skills (2)
  • Option

Semester 2 Course Options

  • Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Sustainable Development and Intercultural Context
  • National Perspectives and EU Context

Employability

Work and study

This is what our MA (Hons) Languages (Interpreting and Translating) (German/British Sign Language) students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 65% are working
  • 30% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 80% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £20000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £19000

Jobs

These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Artistic, literary and media occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements
  • Highers AAAB including main language at A (over two sittings)
  • A-Levels BBB (including main language)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points (with main language at Higher Level 5)
  • BTEC DDM (Main language at A-Level B or equivalent required)
  • HNC B in graded unit (with main language Higher A or A-Level B grade or equivalent)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC including main language at B (over two sittings)
  • A-Levels BCC including main language at B

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Year 2

As our languages courses include a compulsory year abroad at Level 3, the normal entry route for all languages courses is to Year 1 of a four-year Honours course. However, candidates with outstanding Advanced Highers or A-Level results may be considered on an individual basis.

Year 3

As our languages courses include a compulsory year abroad at Level 3, the normal entry route for all languages courses is to Year 1 of a four-year Honours course. However, candidates with outstanding Advanced Highers or A-Level results may be considered on an individual basis.

Additional information

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £15,080

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020

In addition to government loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.