Major in Italian Studies (Advanced)

BA, 4 years

This is for you if... you would like to learn about Italian language and culture at an advanced level and combine these studies with another subject.

Course Description

If you choose Italian Studies (Advanced) as your Major, you will study a rich and varied programme developing both your language skills and your knowledge of Italian culture. By the end of your degree you will have acquired the level of proficiency needed to use the language professionally, as well as a thorough knowledge of Italian history, film, and literature.

If you do not have an A-level in French you might be interested in the Major in Italian Studies (Beginners) instead.
Key Facts
Typical offer
UCAS code
Start date
September 2017
Modern Languages

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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.

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.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year you will take Italian language classes and study a range of cultural studies modules which examine Italian cultures and literatures. Your written skills in Italian will be developed through the production of short pieces of creative writing and other activities, including the use of online language learning and materials taken from the Italian media. Oral classes are conducted in small groups.

At the end of the first year, you will attend a three-week fully-funded Summer School in Italy. This fully immersive experience includes language tuition, cultural and social activities, and accommodation with a local family.


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 your second year you will continue to develop your language skills in the four key areas of listening, reading, writing, and speaking. You will also choose from a range of modules on a variety of cultural, linguistic, and literary topics.


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 the country 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 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. You will be expected to produce a photographic essay of your time abroad.

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:


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

In your final year you will continue to develop your language skills and choose from a range of modules that allow you to specialise in areas of particular interest to you, such as film, contemporary literature, or historical and social issues.

By the end of the final year, you will have reached a level of Italian that will allow you to use it professionally (C1 and above of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)).


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 will 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.

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

On a Major/Minor degree, 75% of your course will be your Major - in this case Italian Studies (Advanced) - and 25% will be your Minor.


Please note that you cannot study a Major in Italian Studies (Advanced) with a Minor in:

  • Italian Language (Beginners)
  • Italian Language (Advanced)
Now choose your Minor

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 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.

In language work you will be assessed by spoken and listening tests as well as by reading and writing exercises. In cultural modules you will be assessed by oral and group presentations, posters, short pieces of writing, essays, and literature reviews. In all modules there will be a balance of continuous assessment and end of semester assignments or examinations.

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 at A-Level including Italian. Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted.
  • EPQ with A-Levels: BBB at A-Level including Italian + EPQ at grade B. 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.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, including 6 in Higher Level Italian.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM. Plus A-Level (or equivalent) in Italian.

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 is not available.

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 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.

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
    • If you take a Year Abroad or Year in Industry, your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee.
    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.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Major in Italian Studies (Advanced) BA 4 years full-time R301 Apply Now
Major in Italian Studies (Advanced)
4 years full-time