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 course 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. There are several different pathways you can choose:

  • Study three languages in your first and second years and then focus on just two of these languages in your final year.
  • Study three languages throughout the duration of your degree.
  • Study two languages and choose a third non-language subject to study in your first and second year (in the final year you focus on your two languages only). This third subject can be chosen from a number of options offered in Arts and Humanities or even in other disciplines. Popular choices include American Studies, Archaeology, Computer Science, English, Geography, History, Sociology, and Pure Mathematics.

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 2017
Department
Modern Languages
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?

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, or two languages and a third subject. The third subject is an option from a range of disciplines in the humanities and beyond, including English, American Studies, History, Ancient History, History of Art, Geography, Computer Science, Psychology, Sociology and Pure Mathematics.

Core modules

  • Language modules (in either two or three languages)
  • Introduction to French, Italian or Spanish and Latin American Studies

Option modules

Choose your option modules from the following lists (depending on the languages you choose to study):

French option modules

Italian option modules

Spanish option modules

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

    You will continue with your two main languages and your third subject (which may also be a language) and choose from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and literary options on offer.

    Core modules

    • Language modules (in either two or three languages)

    Option modules

    Choose your option modules from the following lists (depending on the languages you choose to study):

    French option modules

      Italian option modules

        Spanish 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.

        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 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. 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:

        France

        Belgium

        Spain

        Italy

        We also have links with some universities outside Europe and the EU. There is no monthly grant when you attend one of these universities, however 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.

        Year 4

        Year 4

        In your final year, you will have the opportunity to study two or three languages. You’ll develop your written and spoken skills in your chosen languages, and you’ll have a choice of options to allow you to specialise in areas of particular interest to you, such as film, popular culture, contemporary literature, historical and social issues, and specialist aspects of language.

        Core modules

        • Language modules (in either two or three languages)

        Option modules

        Choose your option modules from the following lists (depending on the languages you choose to study):

        French option modules

        Italian option modules

          Spanish 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.

          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 options allow you to create your own degree. You can concentrate on one subject as your Major (75% of your course) while broadening your knowledge with a Minor subject (25% of your course).

          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

          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. 

          Entry Requirements

          • A/AS-levels: ABB with Grade B in French, Italian or Spanish. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies accepted.
          • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B. A-level subjects to include either French, Italian or Spanish at grade B. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
          • Access to HE Diploma: Pass the diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3, including some at distinction plus an A-Level (or equivalent) in French, Italian or Spanish.
          • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including 6 at Higher Level in French, Italian or Spanish.
          • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM, plus any subject requirements.

          If you want to study three languages you should have the required grades in two of the relevant languages (French, Italian or Spanish), only one language can be studied at beginner’s level.

          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.

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