Italian and English, BA, 4 years

This is for you if... you want to become proficient in Italian with a comprehensive understanding of Italian culture as well as to continue developing an in-depth knowledge of English language and literature.

Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
RQ33
Start date
September 2018
Department
Modern Languages, English

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

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

Modern Languages website

Course description

Course description

The Italian and English BA is designed for students who want to explore Italian and English to degree level, with the course divided equally between both languages. You will have the chance to combine study of the Italian language and cultures alongside study of English literature and critical theory.

You can study Italian at either Beginners or Advanced level. If you have already taken an A-level in Italian you would start at Advanced level. If you have an A-level in another foreign language then you can begin studying Italian at Beginners level.

As part of the course, you will study abroad for a year, where you can live as a student, at one of several universities in Italy, or work as a teaching assistant with tutors on hand to help throughout the year. Alternatively, you can take up an approved work placement in an Italian-speaking country. 

In addition, at the end of your first year, you will spend three weeks in one of our fully funded special summer schools so that you can immerse yourself in the language and culture that you are studying. 

Throughout the course you will develop your written skills in Italian through the production of small pieces of creative writing and a range of other activities, including online language learning and the use of materials taken from Italian TV and radio. Spoken Italian is taught in small groups, mostly by native speakers.

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 the University of 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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB including English (Language, Literature or combined) and Italian. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies is accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB including English (Language, Literature or combined) and Italian + EPQ at grade B.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. To include 12 credits at Distinction in English Level 3 Modules. Plus grade B at A-level (or equivalent) in Italian.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, including 6 in Higher Level English and Italian.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM. Plus grade B at A-level English (Language, Literature or combined) and A-level (or equivalent) Italian.

You can study Italian at Beginner level if you have an A-level (or equivalent) in any foreign language.

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

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

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 page

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2018

  • £9,250 in your first year. After 2018/19, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations.
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    International Students

    Starting in 2018

    • £15,980 per year
    • Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,995 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.
      Find out more about scholarships and funding.

      Accreditation

      Accreditation

      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.

      When you study in Massa Marittima or Florence (Italy), 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.

      Careers and employability

      Careers and employability

      We organise annual employability workshops to help you realise your career ambitions and consider what progress you should be making towards employment at each stage of your degree.

      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.

      Related courses

      Related courses

      Course structure

      Year 1

      Year 1

      You will study:

      You will also study these three modules:

      Then you will choose one module from:

      As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

      Year 2

      Year 2

      You will study:

      You will also study these three modules:

      You will attend the Modern Languages Summer School.

      Then you will choose two modules from:

      As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

      Year Abroad

      Year Abroad

      The Year Abroad is a fundamental element of our joint degrees, during which time you will study or work in Italy. 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 cases, 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, whist 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 are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

      • 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:


      As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

      Final Year

      Final Year

      You will study these two modules:

      You will also study:

      You will also study:

      Finally you will choose two modules from:


      As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

      Why Leicester?

      A fully-funded Summer School abroad at the end of your first year lets you immerse yourself in a different culture and language, building your confidence in your language skills.

      Each year we organise Literary Leicester, a festival showcasing the best of local and internationally renowned talent. This is your opportunity to learn from, and ask questions of, some of the greatest writers of our time.

      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.

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

      Teaching and learning

      Teaching

      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 mixture of lectures and seminars, which encourage discussion and debate around prepared topics and texts.

      Your teaching for English modules makes use of traditional methods and the latest technology to offer you a variety of learning experiences. Lectures, given by subject specialists, are designed to introduce you to important debates and contexts for understanding an author’s work. Weekly seminars, in which a tutor leads a small group of students in discussion, will allow you to explore a text or topic in depth.

      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.

      Assessment

      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 they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

      Independent learning

      When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

      Overall workload

      Typical workload hours for Modern Languages courses in 2016/17:

      Year 1: 22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

      • Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
      • Independent learning: 936 hours

      Year 2: 17% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

      • Teaching, learning and assessment: 204 hours
      • Independent learning: 996 hours

      Year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.

      Final year: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

      • Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
      • Independent learning: 996 hours

      While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

      Academic support

      Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

      • study and exam skills
      • academic writing
      • presentations
      • dissertations
      • numerical data skills
      • referencing sources

      Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

      Teaching staff

      You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

      Major/Minor degrees

      Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject). 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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