Modern Language Studies

BA, 4 years

This is for you if... you want to develop your linguistic abilities in three different languages and acquire an in-depth insight into their respective cultures.

Course Description

This Modern Language Studies BA is designed to allow you to study up to three languages, from French, Italian, and Spanish. It is a highly flexible course, allowing you to tailor your degree according to your interests. You can either study three languages in your first and second years and then focus on just two of these languages in your final year, or study three languages throughout the duration of your degree.

Of the two or three language that you will study during this course, only one can be studied at Beginners level. When you study a language at Beginners level you will receive an intensive language course that brings you up to post-GCSE standard within a year.

In all language classes special attention is paid to contemporary language, both written and spoken. Your writing skills will be developed through creating short pieces of creative writing and other activities, including online language learning. Oral classes in each language are conducted in small groups predominantly by native speakers. You will also take cultural studies modules on topics related to historical and contemporary societies, literature, film and the visual arts and cultural histories.

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.

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. We have links with several universities in Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Canada and Latin America. Alternatively, you can take up an approved work placement.

Here in 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 unique chance to study abroad and build your international communication skills.

Key Facts
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
T901
Start date
September 2018
Department
Modern Languages
Contact

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

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

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Why Leicester?

We are ranked 8th for Modern Languages by the Guardian University Guide 2017.

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

You will study three languages, only one of which can be at Beginners level. So you will choose two Advanced modules and one pair of Beginners modules from:

  • Modern French Language (Advanced)
  • French Language (Beginners) 1 + 2
  • Italian Language (Advanced)
  • Italian Language (Beginners) 1 + 2
  • Spanish Language (Advanced)
  • Spanish Language (Beginners) 1 + 2

You will also study one ‘Introduction to…’ module:

  • Introduction to French Studies
  • Introduction to Italian (Post-Unification)
  • Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Studies

Then you will choose one module from the lists below. This should not relate to the same language as your ‘Introduction to…’ module.

French modules

  • Textual Analysis
  • 20th Century French
  • Introduction to Francophonie

Italian modules

  • Authors and Genres
  • Italy Since 1945

Spanish modules

  • Introduction to Latin American Literature and Film
  • Introduction to Spanish Literature and Film

General language modules

  • Language and Society
  • The Making of the Modern European World

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

You will continue to study three languages, two at Advanced level and one at Beginners level. So you will choose two Advanced modules and one Beginners module from:

  • Second Year Modern French Language (Post-Advanced) 3/4
  • French Language Post-Beginners Year 2
  • Italian Language Post-Advanced Year 2
  • Italian Language Post-Beginners Year 2
  • Post-Advanced Spanish Language
  • Post-Beginners Spanish Language

You will attend the Modern Languages Summer School.

Then you will choose two modules from the lists below. At least one must relate to a language which you did not select in Year 1.

French modules

  • Introduction to French Linguistics
  • Challenging Perspectives: Conflict and Relations in French Culture
  • Bande Dessinee
  • Media and Cultural Practices in France
  • French Urban Space
  • History and Memory in French Literature

Italian modules

  • Italian Linguistics
  • History of Italian Cinema
  • Italian Society and Culture Under Fascism

Spanish modules

  • The Mexican-US Border
  • The Spanish Civil War in Literature and Film
  • Argentina: From Perón to Kirchner
  • Federico Garcia Lorca
  • Contemporary Mexican Cinema
  • Hispanic Documentary Film
  • Latino/a Literature and Culture in the United States

General language modules

  • The Latin World: Ancient, Medieval and Modern
  • Nations and Narrations
  • Languages in the Classroom

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 Modern Languages degrees, during which time you will study or work in 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 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. 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:

France

Belgium

Spain

Italy

We also have links with some universities outside Europe and the EU. 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:

Canada

Colombia

Mexico

Switzerland

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 (three languages)

Final Year (three languages)

If you choose to continue with all three languages, you will study these three modules:

  • Final Year French Language
  • Final Year Italian Language
  • Final Year Spanish Language

Finally you will choose two modules from the lists below, which must not both relate to the same language.

French modules

  • Bilingual Writing and Self-Translation: Literature in a Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • Immigration and Ethnicity in Colonial and Post-Colonial France
  • Norms and Margins in French Cinema
  • Interpreting French
  • Narratives of the Self in Literature and Film
  • Gender and Power in Contemporary France

Italian modules

  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Postwar Directors
  • Visions of Modernity

Spanish modules

  • Cinematic Representations of Latin America: Local Versus Global
  • The Cinema of Luis Bunuel
  • Putumayo: The History and Culture of a Latin American Conflict Zone
  • Gender in the Spanish American Development Novel: Selfhood and Society
  • Contemporary Women’s Writing in Spain
  • Spanish Horror Cinema

General language modules

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 1
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 2
  • Extended Essay

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 (two languages)

Final Year (two languages)

Alternatively you can choose to drop one language and just concentrate on the other two, in which case you will study two of these modules:

  • Final Year French Language
  • Final Year Italian Language
  • Final Year Spanish Language

Finally you will choose four modules from the lists below. You should choose no more than two for each of your languages.

French modules

  • Bilingual Writing and Self-Translation: Literature in a Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • Immigration and Ethnicity in Colonial and Post-Colonial France
  • Norms and Margins in French Cinema
  • Interpreting French
  •  Narratives of the Self in Literature and Film
  • Gender and Power in Contemporary France

Italian modules

  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Postwar Directors
  • Visions of Modernity

Spanish modules

  • Cinematic Representations of Latin America: Local Versus Global
  • The Cinema of Luis Bunuel
  • Putumayo: The History and Culture of a Latin American Conflict Zone
  • Gender in the Spanish American Development Novel: Selfhood and Society
  • Contemporary Women’s Writing in Spain
  • Spanish Horror Cinema

General language modules

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 1
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 2
  • Extended Essay

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.

Whether you study in Montpellier (France), Massa Marittima (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 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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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. 

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: 28% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 336 hours
  • Independent learning: 864 hours

Year 2: 18% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
  • Independent learning: 984 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: 16% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
  • Independent learning: 1008 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.

Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB including at least two relevant languages from French or Spanish or Italian. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies is accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB including at least two relevant languages from French or Spanish or 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. Plus grade B in two A-levels (or equivalent) from French or Spanish or Italian.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including grade 6 in two Higher Level languages from French or Spanish or Italian.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM. Plus grade B in two A-levels (or equivalent) from French or Spanish or Italian.

If you want to study all three languages at Advanced level, you will need A-levels (or equivalent) in all three languages.

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.

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.

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Fees and Funding

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

    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.

    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
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    Course
    Modern Language Studies
    Qualification
    BA
    Duration
    4 years full-time
    UCAS Code
    T901
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