Italian and Spanish
BA, 4 years
This is for you if... you wish to achieve linguistic fluency in Italian and Spanish as well as develop a really in-depth knowledge of two highly influential and internationally relevant cultures.
- 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 taking into account student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff where this will impact on the delivery of the course. As a result, if there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible and will ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.
The Italian and Spanish BA is designed for students who have studied either Spanish or Italian to A-level and want to study both of those languages at degree level. You’ll build your linguistic skills while developing your understanding of the social, political, and cultural forces that have shaped contemporary Spain, Latin America, and Italy. This course allows you to take one of the languages from beginners level if you wish to. You will divide your time equally between both Italian and Spanish and by the end of the course you will reach an equivalent standard of knowledge and ability in both languages.
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.
As part of the course, 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 Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Latin America. Alternatively, you may take up an approved work placement.
Throughout the course you will develop your written skills in Italian and Spanish through the production of short pieces of creative writing and other activities such as online language learning and the use of materials taken from television and radio, with oral classes conducted in small groups, mostly by native speakers. We have state-of-the-art language laboratories that can help you learn through interaction with a range of audio and visual media, plus interpreting booths and a dedicated open access space for you to study in.
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. You will be able to immerse yourself in a rich culture of research-led experience in a supportive and tailored learning environment.
Developing your foreign language skills opens up a wide and exciting range of careers and gives you a powerful advantage in business.
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.
Alongside language modules, you will take core modules introducing you to Italian and Spanish and Latin American Studies. Our range of option modules gives you the opportunity to explore other aspects of Italian, Spanish and Latin American culture, literature, and film.
You can study both languages at Advanced Level, or one at Advanced Level and the other at Beginners Level. If you are a beginner in Spanish or Italian, you will also take an intensive language course that brings you up to post-GCSE (A2) level by the end of the first year of study.
- Italian Language (Beginners) or Italian Language (Advanced)
- Spanish Language (Beginners) or Spanish Language (Advanced)
- Core Skills for Language Learners (in the language that you are taking at advanced level)
Choose your option modules from the following lists:
Italian option modules
- A History of Spain
- Contemporary Spain
- Latin American Literature and Film
- Latin American Culture and Society: Mexico and Mesoamerica
- Latin American Culture and Society: South America
- Spanish Literature and Film
At the end of the first year you will attend a three-week Summer School in Spain or 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.
As you enter your second year you will continue to build your understanding of Spanish and Italian. You will also have the opportunity to choose from a variety of cultural, linguistic and literary modules.
- Italian Language Post-Beginners or Italian Language Post-Advanced
- Spanish Language Advanced or Spanish Language Post-Advanced
Choose two option modules from each of the following lists:
Italian option modules
Spanish option modules
- Argentina: From Perón to Kirchner
- Contemporary Mexican Cinema
- Federico Garcia Lorca
- Languages in the Classroom
- Latino/a Caribbean Literature from the United States
- The Spanish Silver Age (1900-1950): A Revolution in Language
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 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, whilst 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. 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:
- Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona
- Universidad de Extremadura, Badajoz
- Universidad de Granada, Granada
- Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca
- Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
- Universidad de Sevilla, Seville
- Universitat de València, Valencia
- Universidad de Valladolid, Castile-Leon
- Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza
- Università di Bologna, Bologna
- Universitá degli studi G. D'Annunzio Chieti Pescara, Chieti
- Università degli studi di Padova, Padua
- Università degli studi di Pavia, Pavia
- Università degli studi di Pisa, Pisa
- Università degli studi di Salerno, Salerno
- Università degli studi di Verona, Verona
We also have links with some universities outside Europe. 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:
- Universidad del Rosario, Bogota
- Universidad de las Américas, Puebla
- Benemérita Universidad Autónoma, Puebla
- Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Mexico City
You will continue to develop your Italian and Spanish language skills with advanced tuition to help you build your written and spoken abilities. 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.
- Italian Language Final Year Listening and Speaking and Italian Language Final Year Reading and Writing
- Spanish Language Final Year modules
Choose two option modules from each the following lists:
Italian option modules
- Post-War Italian Cinema
- Contemporary Italian Fiction
- Visions of Modernity
- Dissertation in Italian (only available by appliction to the Director of Studies. Selection is based on academic performance and the strength of you research plans.)
Spanish option modules
- Boom Literature: Language and Creation
- Cinematic Representations of Latin America
- Gender in the South American Development Novel: Selfhood and Social Agency
- Latin American Loudspeakers: Literature and Music
- Spain and its Others
- Spanish Horror Cinema
When you take one of our Modern Languages courses, you’ll get a unique opportunity to spend three weeks on 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 Massa Marittima or Florence (Italy) or Santiago de Compostela (Spain), you will live with selected local host families 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. 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.
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 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).
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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 mixture 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.
- A/AS-Levels: ABB at A-Level including Italian or Spanish. Applicants who choose to study both languages at advanced, both Italian and Spanish at A-Level required. Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted.
- EPQ with A-Levels: BBB at A-Level including Italian or Spanish + EPQ at grade B. Applicants who choose to study both languages at advanced, both Italian and Spanish at A-Level 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 or Spanish. Applicants who choose to study both languages at advanced, both Italian and Spanish at A-Level (or equivalent) required.
- International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including grade 6 in Higher Level Italian or Spanish. Applicants who choose to study both languages at advanced, both Italian and Spanish at Higher Level required.
- BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM. Plus A-Level (or equivalent) in Italian or Spanish. Applicants who choose to study both languages at advanced, both Italian and Spanish at A-Level (or equivalent) 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 onto your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.
Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.
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.
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 content 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.
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Fees and Funding
Starting in 2017
- £9,250 in your first year. 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.
Starting in 2018
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.
Starting in 2018
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.
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