French and Spanish

BA, 4 years

This is for you if... you wish to achieve linguistic fluency in French and Spanish as well as develop an in-depth knowledge of two highly influential and internationally relevant cultures.

Course Description

This degree is designed for students who have studied either or both French and Spanish to A-level, and wish to study both of those languages to degree level while discovering and developing understanding of the social, political, and cultural forces that have shaped contemporary France and the Francophone world, Spain, and Latin America. This course is suitable for students with an A-level in French and Spanish, as well as those who wish to take one of those languages from beginners’ level. The course is divided equally between both languages and you will reach an equivalent standard of knowledge and ability in both by the end of the course.

Throughout the course you will develop written skills in French and Spanish through the production of short pieces of creative writing and other activities, including online language learning and the use of materials taken from French and Spanish television. Oral teaching is conducted in small groups, mostly by native speakers. We have state-of-the-art language laboratories which can help you learn through interaction with a range of audio and visual media, plus interpreting booths and open access space to study.

Developing your foreign language skills gives you a powerful advantage in business and opens up a wide and exciting range of careers. You will be able to immerse yourself in a rich culture of learning-led experience in a supportive and tailored learning environment, and you will be supported by our team of personal tutors to help you make the best of your time here.

You will study abroad for a year, where you can live as a student or work as a teaching assistant, with tutors on hand to help throughout the year. We have links with several universities in Belgium, France, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, and Latin America. Alternatively, you can take up an approved work placement. In addition, at the end of your first year, you will spend three weeks in one of our fully funded Summer Schools  where you will be able to immerse yourself in the language and culture you are studying. If you choose to study one of the two languages at beginners level you will spend the summer school in the country of your beginners language. If you are studying two languages at advanced level you may choose which one of those countries to visit.

Here at Modern Languages at Leicester, we offer a rich and diverse learning experience, with great facilities, knowledgeable staff who are experts in their fields, and a unique chance to study abroad and build your international communication skills.

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Start date
September 2017
Modern Languages

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Why Leicester?

We are ranked 8th for Modern Languages by the Guardian University Guide 2017.

Languages at Leicester is an in-house, extracurricular scheme teaching a wide range of languages at different levels including Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Latin, Russian and Arabic.

Our small group teaching means you will have a greater opportunity to participate in debates and receive more personal feedback on your progress.

Our Modern Languages Society organises academic and social events including film screenings, nights out, guest speakers, language-themed nights, sports events and a weekend in Paris.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

In both subjects you will study language at either advanced or beginners level. You will also take core introductory modules in both French and Spanish and Latin American Studies as well as one option module in each subject.

Beginners in French or Spanish take an intensive language course in written and spoken language which brings them up to post-GCSE (A2) level by the end of the first year of study.

Core modules

  • French language modules
  • Spanish language modules
  • Core Skills for Language Learners (in the language that you are taking at advanced level)

Option modules

Choose your option modules from the following lists:

French option modules

Spanish option modules

    At the end of the first year you will attend a three-week Summer School in France or Spain, which is fully funded by the University.

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Year 2

    Year 2

    In addition to developing your language skills, you will be able to choose from optional modules on a variety of cultural, linguistic, and literary topics.

    Core modules

    • French language modules
    • Spanish language modules

    Option modules

    Choose your option modules from the following lists:

    French option modules

      Spanish option modules

      Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

      Year 3

      Year 3

      The Year Abroad is a fundamental element of our Modern Languages degrees, during which time you will study or work in one or two countries related to your course. Alternatively, you can apply to spend a year working as a British Council language-teaching assistant or on some other work placement of your choice, subject to approval. It is even possible to split the year between study abroad and work placement, giving you the best of both worlds. However, it is possible, in exceptional circumstances, to complete this degree in three years, without a year abroad.

      Studying abroad is central to what makes our graduates stand out. You will acquire life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. You will have the chance to perfect your spoken and written language and engage with new societies, whilst all the time building your independence and becoming more employable. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation, or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

      Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

      Modern Languages at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you attend one of these, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. In addition, if you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them.

      • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

      We have links with the following universities:




      We also have links with some universities outside Europe and the EU. There is no monthly grant when you attend one of these universities, however if you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:





      Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

      Year 4

      Year 4

      You will continue to develop your Spanish and French, with advanced language tuition to help you build your written and spoken skills. In addition, you will have a choice of options that allow you to specialise in areas such as film, popular culture, contemporary literature, historical and social issues, and specialist aspects of language.

      Core modules

      • French language modules
      • Spanish language modules

      Option modules

      Choose your option modules from the following lists:

      French option modules

      Spanish option modules

        You may also choose to write a dissertation in place of one of your option modules.

        Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

        Additional Information

        Summer School

        When you take one of our Modern Languages courses, you’ll spend three weeks in one of our fully-funded summer schools during the summer vacation at the end of your first year, which is an integral part of your degree.

        Whether you study in Montpellier (France) or Santiago de Compostela (Spain), you will live with selected local families and hosts and enjoy language tuition in small groups each morning. In the afternoons, and some evenings and weekends, you’ll take part in cultural and social activities for a complete immersion in the heart of the society, country and region you are visiting.

        The benefits you’ll gain are invaluable - you’ll build your confidence in your chosen spoken and written language, gain crucial transferable skills (on completion of the summer school you will receive a HEAR certificate), discover new cultures, and build life-long friendships.

        Major/Minor Degrees

        Major/Minor options allow you to create your own degree. You can concentrate on one subject as your Major (75% of your course) while broadening your knowledge with a Minor subject (25% of your course).

        Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

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        Teaching and Assessment


        Language skills are taught in small groups, mostly by native speakers. Our courses stress the importance of communicative ability as well as linguistic accuracy, and oral skills are highly valued.

        Cultural studies modules are taught through a mix of lectures and seminars, which encourage discussion and debate around prepared topics and texts. The use of online tutorials and exercises on Blackboard, the University’s virtual learning environment, allows us to include interactive training in our courses and to facilitate learning in specific areas such as essay writing and grammatical terminology.


        You will be assessed throughout each year by a combination of continuous assessment, seminar presentations, essays, and formal exams at the end of each semester. While final year work is most heavily weighted in determining the degree class, your achievements during your second year and your year abroad are also taken into account.

        You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether academic, financial, housing, career or social. 

        Entry Requirements

        • A/AS-levels - ABB with Grade B or higher in French or Spanish. We consider two AS-levels in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
        • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B. A-level subjects to include either French or Spanish at grade B. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
        • Access to HE Diploma: Pass diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3, including some at distinction. Plus A-Level (or equivalent) in French or Spanish.
        • International Baccalaureate - Pass Diploma with 30 points including 6 at Higher Level in French or Spanish.
        • BTEC Nationals- Pass Diploma at DDM, plus any subject requirements.

        Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

        Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

        Selection Process

        Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

        Native Speakers

        If your native language is French, Italian or Spanish, and you wish to study this language at Leicester, you will normally be required, in the first year of study, to take English language modules in lieu of the foreign language modules in your native tongue. If you have native speaker fluency in both English and your chosen foreign language(s), you will normally be required to substitute cultural studies modules for the relevant language modules.

        English Language Requirements

        IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

        International Qualifications

        Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

        Countries list

        Fees and Funding

        • Starting in 2016

          • £9,000 per year
          • The fee for a year abroad is £1,250, rather than £9,000.

          Starting in 2017

          An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18.
          After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations.
          (*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)

        • Starting in 2016

          • £14,630 per year
          • The fee for a year abroad is £3,657.50, rather than £14,630.

          Starting in 2017

          • To be confirmed
          Find out more about scholarships and funding.

        Career Opportunities

        In most cases your Year Abroad can include a year-long teaching assistantship or you could spend one or two semesters on a work placement approved by the University.

        Our annual Careers Week includes seminars exploring diverse career paths. Speakers have come from European embassies and the EU.


        Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering, and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

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