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When looking at the BA Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham, I see that they require three A-Levels.

One of them has got to be the target language (Spanish). That makes sense... but what about the other two? Can I take ANY A-level or BTEC? Why is this even a thing? Shouldn't an A-Level in Spanish be enough? Any insight would be appreciated!
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On the course page it states clearly that they will accept :
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM, plus a B at A-level in the required subject/s mentioned above.
BTEC Diploma: DD, plus a B at A-level in the required subject/s mentioned above.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma: D, plus AB at A-level, including the required subject/s mentioned above.


Where only one required subject is mentioned, then the other subjects are open - they can be any subject.
But, if you think about the reality of doing a language degree, you will study Spanish culture/literature as well as the language, and you will write essays/read texts. Therefore any 'essay based' subject especially History or Literature will be useful.
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(Original post by Juniring)
When looking at the BA Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham, I see that they require three A-Levels.

One of them has got to be the target language (Spanish). That makes sense... but what about the other two? Can I take ANY A-level or BTEC? Why is this even a thing? Shouldn't an A-Level in Spanish be enough? Any insight would be appreciated!
Which A Levels are you taking or hoping to take yourself?
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(Original post by Juniring)
When looking at the BA Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham, I see that they require three A-Levels.

One of them has got to be the target language (Spanish). That makes sense... but what about the other two? Can I take ANY A-level or BTEC? Why is this even a thing? Shouldn't an A-Level in Spanish be enough? Any insight would be appreciated!
Hi Juniring,

We accept a range of qualifications including BTEC. In terms of the other subjects for your A level/BTEC qualifications, we don't specify any particular subjects. Essay based subjects might be useful for you in terms of developing your skillset, but this is in no way required, so you should just opt for the subjects you feel you will enjoy and do well in.

The three A level requirement is an institutional standard, as we want to make sure our students are well rounded and prepared for the academically rigorous nature of degree level study.

I hope this helps, but if you have any more questions let me know. - Molly
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As indicated it's standard for unis to require students to have done a "full academic workload" in 6th form before going to uni. Bear in mind on a languages degree you won't be spending all your time learning the language, but also studying the literature, history, politics and culture of countries speaking the target language. So you do also need to have good general academic skills in critical thinking, research skills, revision and exam taking ability etc. Some essay writing background may also be helpful.
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