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Is there a list anywhere of degrees with ab initio languages, i.e French/Spanish?

Just wondering if there was an official list anywhere with degrees that have ab initio languages with them. French and Spanish in particular.

Thanks.
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Scottish unis will let you do them ab initio, the ancient Scottish uni's (St.Andrews, Glasgow, Ed, Aber) allow you to take 3 subjects in first year and second year so you could take both Spanish and French AND an extra subject, then even graduate with joint honours in Spanish and French if you wished. Also, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leicester, Lancaster but most unis that are (I don't know how to put this without sounding like a complete ****) lower down the uni rankings will allow you entry for ab inito. Just have a look on their websites. e.g. Hull, Reading, Aberystwyth, Bangor.
No there is no official list. What exactly do you want to study? You won't be able to study both beginners French and beginners Spanish at any university. Not many universities do ab initio French, some do, you will need to do some research to find them.

Original post by lime-jelly
Scottish unis will let you do them ab initio, the ancient Scottish uni's (St.Andrews, Glasgow, Ed, Aber) allow you to take 3 subjects in first year and second year so you could take both Spanish and French AND an extra subject, then even graduate with joint honours in Spanish and French if you wished. Also, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leicester, Lancaster but most unis that are (I don't know how to put this without sounding like a complete ****) lower down the uni rankings will allow you entry for ab inito. Just have a look on their websites. e.g. Hull, Reading, Aberystwyth, Bangor.


You can't do beginners French at St Andrews, Liverpool, Reading, Aberystwyth or Bangor. You can't do beginners Spanish at Aberystwyth or Bangor either. You need at least a GCSE (grade B) in French to do French at Edinburgh. Hull and Lancaster both offer beginners French/Spanish but you need to have an A level in another language.
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Original post by Snufkin
No there is no official list. What exactly do you want to study? You won't be able to study both beginners French and beginners Spanish at any university. Not many universities do ab initio French, some do, you will need to do some research to find them.



You can't do beginners French at St Andrews, Liverpool, Reading, Aberystwyth or Bangor. You can't do beginners Spanish at Aberystwyth or Bangor either. You need at least a GCSE (grade B) in French to do French at Edinburgh. Hull and Lancaster both offer beginners French/Spanish but you need to have an A level in another language.


I'm thinking of taking GCSE French or Spanish (probably Spanish) in September along with 3 AS levels so I have the opportunity to become competent in another language by taking it with another subject, probably Sociology or Geography, maybe English Lit if I take it to A2.
I'd recommend Spanish: it's pretty much phonetic to read, and has fewer grammar rules than French, plus you have the advantage of relevance throughout South America.
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Original post by DrSocSciences
I'd recommend Spanish: it's pretty much phonetic to read, and has fewer grammar rules than French, plus you have the advantage of relevance throughout South America.


Thanks!

I can already read most Spanish I see, I just can't speak it, and I need to practice my listening as well. I'd like to learn both languages at some point but it does make more sense to me to start with the 'easier' language, as my friends doing A-Level French like to call it. :unimpressed:
Original post by eoj89
Thanks!

I can already read most Spanish I see, I just can't speak it, and I need to practice my listening as well. I'd like to learn both languages at some point but it does make more sense to me to start with the 'easier' language, as my friends doing A-Level French like to call it. :unimpressed:


I read both Spanish and French at uni: relatively, Spanish was a doddle.
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Original post by DrSocSciences
I read both Spanish and French at uni: relatively, Spanish was a doddle.


Yep. I can read and write in Spanish but I just need to get over the initial embarrassment of speaking it, especially with an extremely thick scouse accent as well.
Original post by eoj89
Yep. I can read and write in Spanish but I just need to get over the initial embarrassment of speaking it, especially with an extremely thick scouse accent as well.


Just go for it: it's an uninhibited language and culture.
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Original post by DrSocSciences
Just go for it: it's an uninhibited language and culture.


I think I definitely will do, if my college will let me. Don't know how much work it'd be though doing 1 A2, 3 AS & then 1 GCSE on top of that.
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I know this is an old thread, but U of Buckingham allows ab initio Spanish or French with Law. Maybe with other subjects, not sure
are there more vacancies for French or spanish at uni

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