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.

Course Description

This degree 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.

Key Facts
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
RQ33
Start date
September 2017
Department
Modern Languages, English
Contact

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

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

Modern Languages website



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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.

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.

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.

Course Structure

Year 1 (Beginners)

Year 1 (Beginners)

You will divide your time equally between Italian and English throughout your degree.

In your Italian studies, you will be introduced to a range of historical periods and texts. If you are a beginner in Italian, you will also receive an intensive language course which brings you up to GSCE standard within a year. You will also study modern and contemporary Italy, and be introduced to different authors and genres through the following modules.

In English you will study the development of a major genre (the novel), explore the history of the English Language, and hone your close-reading skills in poetry and prose. 

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one or two option modules from:

At the end of the first year you will attend a three-week Summer School in Italy, 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 1 (Advanced)

Year 1 (Advanced)

You will divide your time equally between Italian and English throughout your degree. 

In your Italian studies, you will be introduced to a range of historical periods and texts. You will also study modern and contemporary Italy, and be introduced to different authors and genres. In English you will study the development of a major genre (the novel), explore the history of the English Language, and hone your close-reading skills in poetry and prose.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one or two option modules from:

At the end of the first year you will attend a three-week Summer School in Italy, 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

As you enter your second year and continue to build your understanding of Italian, you will be able to choose from a variety of cultural, linguistic and literary modules.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one Italian option module from:

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 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 attend one of these, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. 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:

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.

Final Year

Final Year

You will continue to develop your Italian, 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, allowing you to focus on the topics that interest you most.

Core module

Option modules

Choose one Italian option module from:

English Special Subject modules:

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

    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.

    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.

    Find out more

    Teaching and Assessment

    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.

    Entry Requirements

    • A/AS-Levels: ABB at A-Level including English (Language, Literature or combined) and Italian. Applicants who choose Beginner’s Italian, a GCSE or AS/A-Level in a foreign language is required. Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted.
    • EPQ with A-Levels: BBB at A-Level including English (Language, Literature or combined) and Italian + EPQ at grade B. Applicants who choose Beginner’s Italian, a GCSE or AS/A-Level in a foreign language is required. Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is 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 Italian. Applicants who choose Beginner’s Italian, a GCSE or AS/A-Level (or equivalent) in a foreign language is required.
    • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, including 6 in Higher Level English and Italian. Applicants who choose Beginner’s Italian, a GCSE or Standard/Higher Level in a foreign language is required.
    • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM. Plus A-Level (or equivalent) in English and Italian. Applicants who choose Beginner’s Italian, a GCSE or AS/A-Level (or equivalent) in a foreign language is required.

    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.

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    Fees and Funding

    • 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.)

      • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

      Find out more about scholarships and funding.

       

    • Starting in 2017

      • £15,290 per year

      Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,822.50 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.

    Career Opportunities

    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.

    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
    Italian and English BA 4 years full-time RQ33 Apply Now
    Course
    Italian and English
    Qualification
    BA
    Duration
    4 years full-time
    UCAS Code
    RQ33
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