Modern Languages and Translation

BA, 4 years

This is for you if... you wish to combine the in-depth study of a foreign language and its culture with the acquisition of advanced skills in translation and/or interpreting.

Course Description

  • 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.

A career in translation or interpreting can be exciting and rewarding, and this Modern Languages and Translation BA will help you gain the skills you need while studying a foreign language in depth. As an advanced language learner you will immediately start translating and interpreting into your target language.

You will study one language at advanced level (choose from French, Italian, or Spanish). Throughout the course you will divide your time equally between studying translation and interpreting in theory and in practice, and developing your language proficiency, whilst learning about the social, political, and cultural forces that have shaped that country.

At the end of your first year, you will spend three weeks in one of our fully-funded summer schools. This immersive experience includes language tuition, cultural and social activities and accommodation with a local family.

Developing your foreign language skills gives you a powerful advantage in business and opens up a wide and exciting range of careers. You will enjoy 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.

You will also spend a year abroad 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 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.

What's the difference?

This course, Modern Languages and Translation, focuses on translation and interpretation with half of the course being spent on translation and half on your chosen language (French, Italian or Spanish).

Alternatively, you can take Modern Languages with Translation which involves the study of two languages (chosen from French, Italian, Spanish; at least one language is studied at advanced level, the other can be taken from beginners level), with one third of the course being spent on the theory and practice of translation and interpretation.

Key Facts
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Start date
September 2018
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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

In your first year, you will receive tuition in one language from French, Italian, or Spanish, along with a range of modules focusing on the contemporary culture and history of your country of choice. Alongside this, you will take modules introducing you to theory and practice in the world of translation and interpreting:

Core modules

Option modules

Choose three option modules from the following lists:

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 to study your chosen language and culture while choosing from a range of modules on a variety of cultural, linguistic and literary topics. You will also have a chance to explore new areas such as electronic translation tools or intensive practice in consecutive interpreting.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from the lists below:

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 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:





    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:





    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

    Your final year will be spent developing your written and spoken skills in your chosen language with advanced language tuition, and you will be able to choose from a range of specialist modules in areas of particular interest to you.

    Core modules

    Option modules

    Choose one option module from the following lists:

    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 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.

    Whether you choose to 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. 

    Entry Requirements

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

    Countries list

    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

      • TBC
      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

      • TBC
      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
    Modern Languages and Translation BA 4 years full-time 16Q9 Apply Now
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    4 years full-time
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