Modern Languages BA, 4 years

Start date:

2022

Course information

Typical offer AAB-ABB

UCAS code R900

Institute code L34

Taught by Modern Languages

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Top 20 in the UK for Modern Languages (The Guardian University Guide 2022)

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96% of students in work or further study six months after graduating (The Uni Guide 2021)

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Our highly flexible Modern Languages BA is designed to allow you to study two or three languages, from French, Italian and Spanish. You'll build your linguistic skills while developing your understanding of the social, political, and cultural forces that have shaped contemporary France and the Francophone world, Italy, Spain and Latin America.

Course description

Course description

Please note: this course is being advertised subject to approval.

Our BA Modern Languages is designed to allow you to study two or three languages, from French, Italian and Spanish. It is a highly flexible course, allowing you to tailor your degree according to your interests. You'll build your linguistic skills while developing your understanding of the social, political, and cultural forces that have shaped contemporary France and the Francophone world, Italy, Spain and Latin America.

Leicester is one of the top ten places in the UK to study Modern Languages (The Guardian University Guide 2021) and we rank high for student satisfaction in the annual National Student Survey. In addition, at the end of your first year, you will attend 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 beginner’s level you will spend the summer school in the country of your beginner’s language.

If you are studying two languages at advanced level you may choose which one of those countries to visit. Of the two or three languages 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.

This course will replace the following courses:

  • Modern Language Studies BA
  • French and Spanish BA
  • French and Italian BA
  • Italian and Spanish BA

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: AAB-ABB
    • If studying three languages, this must include at least a grade B in two language A-Levels (French and/or Spanish and/or Italian)
    • If studying two languages, this must include grade B at A-Level in at least one language (French or Spanish or Italian), and the second language can be taken from beginner level.
    • Two AS-levels may be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies is accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: ABB-BBB+ EPQ at grade B 
    • If studying three languages, this must include at least a grade B in two language A-Levels (French and/or Spanish and/or Italian)
    • If studying two languages, this must include grade B at A-Level in at least one language (French or Spanish or Italian), and the second language can be taken from beginner level.
    • Two AS-levels may be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies is accepted.
  • 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 D*DD. 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 – Society and Culture run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic 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

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2022

Tuition fees for 2022/23 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2021/22 were:

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2022

Tuition fees for 2022/23 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2021/22 were:

  • £17,450 per year
  • Year Abroad: £4,362.50, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee

You will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

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.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from our Modern Languages degrees have gone on to work for a wide range of employers including:

  • Amazon Emirates
  • Airlines Ford Credit
  • Europe Ministerio de Educación
  • Cultura y Deporte (Spain)
  • Resilient PLC
  • STA International
  • Sweet Cherry Publishing

After graduating from Leicester, Joanna went on to work for one of the largest translation services in the world.

Career Development Service


Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to providing skills and knowledge to help prepare you tackle global challenges. We have mapped our undergraduate degrees for learning which aligns to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This degree includes learning which relates to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Find out more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Course structure

Modules

Modules

You will study modules across topics that include:

  • Language skills at Beginner or Advanced level, depending on your chosen level
  • Introduction to French and/or Italian and/or Spanish & Latin American Studies
  • Optional cultural studies topics across film studies, literature, art, linguistics, history and politics
  • Optional teaching modules such as Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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.

Why Leicester?

Job prospects are excellent: 96% of our language students are employed (or studying for a Masters degree) six months after graduating. (DLHE)

We were ranked 9th in the UK for modern language teaching in the Guardian University Guide 2021.

The summer school in your chosen country between Years 1 and 2 is part of your course so there's no extra cost. This experience will immerse yourself in a different culture and language, building your confidence in your language skills.

You will definitely want to join the Students' Union's Modern Languages Society which organises academic and social events including film screenings, nights out, guest speakers, language-themed nights, sports events and even a weekend in Paris.

Teaching and learning

Summer School

When you take one of our Modern Languages courses, you'll attend 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.

Teaching

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.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

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.

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