International Communication and Culture

BA, 3 years

This is for you if... you are studying English as a Foreign Language and you aspire to work in international media and communication.

Course Description

The BA in International Communication and Culture aims to provide you with a broad understanding of the forces that shape the way we communicate in a globalised world. During the course you will study modules that provide you with advanced skills in both writing and speaking.

This degree combines the study of international media with that of English as a foreign language. You will develop a broad understanding of communication in a globalised world, providing you with the skills required to critically explore the transformation and effects of media messages and their impact.

You will also learn how to produce media texts and images and to interpret their reception by an international audience through enhancing your linguistic and intercultural fluency. When you graduate, you will be fully equipped to succeed in a world of global communication.

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.

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 chance to build your international communication skills.

Key Facts
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
9Q84
Start date
October 2016
Contact

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
ahladmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2620
modernlang@le.ac.uk

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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 the first year, you will take modules in global studies of communication and culture and in key issues in international communications. You will be introduced to media production and communication practice aimed at preparation for film or news production. If you are studying English as a foreign language, you will study modules that provide you with advanced skills in writing and speaking.

Modules

At the end of the first year, you will join a two-week, fully funded Summer School in the UK.

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 the second year, you will consolidate the knowledge, understanding, and skills acquired in the first year in the field of international media and media practice/production. New aspects of your learning in Year 2 include an introduction to methodologies in communications research as well as courses on global TV and international news.

Modules

During the Easter break in Year 2, you will attend a workshop in Leicester, 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 3

Year 3

In the final year, you will gain practice in, and acquire a good understanding of, more specialised topics such as international media campaigns or corporate communication in a global context. You may complete a creative media project or write a dissertation on a topic of your choice (subject to approval by your course tutor) in place of one of your options.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option modules from:

Plus one further option module from:

You may complete a creative media project or write a dissertation on a topic of your choice in place of one of your options.

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 get a unique opportunity to 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 choose to study in Montpellier (France), Massa Marittima or Florence (Italy), 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, predominantly 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 issues.

Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass the diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3, including some at distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM.

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.

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. 
    Find out more about scholarships and funding.
  • Starting in 2016

    • £14,630 per year
    • The fee for a year abroad is £3,657.50, rather than £14,630.
    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Career Opportunities

In most cases your Year Abroad can include teaching assistantships as well as work placements.

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

You will have a tailored Personal Development Plan outlining your goals and the steps needed to achieve them, which is supported by your personal tutor.

Careers

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.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
International Communication and Culture BA 3 years full-time 9Q84 Apply Now
Course
International Communication and Culture
Qualification
BA
Duration
3 years full-time
UCAS Code
9Q84
Availability