Modern Languages with Film Studies

BA, 4 years

This is for you if... you wish to combine language skills with cultural insight and an in-depth knowledge of the world of film, one of the major contemporary art forms.

Course Description

Film is an important part of any country’s culture, and this Modern Languages with Film Studies BA gives you a fantastic opportunity to achieve maximum fluency in the language or languages of your choice, while building a firm grounding in film, film culture and critical approaches to film. One third of your course will be dedicated to film studies, while the remaining two thirds will be spent studying one or two languages from French, Italian and Spanish.

You can study either one or two languages over the course of this degree. If you study two languages, you can choose to take one of them at beginners' level. When you study a language at beginners' level you will receive an intensive language course which brings you up to post-GCSE standard within a year.

Your study of film will teach you to analyse film and the visual arts. You will gain an understanding of, not only how directors and producers approach their work, but how critics and other audiences consume film and give voice to their opinions. No prior knowledge of Film Studies is required for this course.

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.

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 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.

Key Facts
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
R8P3
Start date
September 2018
Department
History of Art and Film, 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

Modern Languages website



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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.

We have excellent facilities, including a fully equipped Film Theatre.

The student-led Film Society allows you to get together with like-minded people to watch and discuss films. Alongside weekly screenings there are socials, including cinema trips, film quizzes and many more.

Course Structure

Year 1 (two languages)

Year 1 (two languages)

If you want to study two languages, one will be at Advanced level and one will be at Beginners level. So you will choose one Advanced module and one pair of Beginners modules from:

(It is also possible to take both languages at Advanced level if you have A-levels in both.)

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

You will study these two modules:

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

French modules

Italian modules

Spanish modules

General language 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 1 (single language)

Year 1 (single language)

Alternatively, if you want to concentrate on just one language, you will study one module from:

  • Modern French Language
  • Italian Language (Advanced)
  • Spanish Language (Advanced)

And the accompanying ‘Introduction to…’ module:

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

You will study these three modules:

Finally you will choose two modules from the lists below:

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

  • 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 (two languages)

Year 2 (two languages)

If you continue with both languages you will take one Post-Advanced module and one Post-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

(It is also possible to continue both languages at Advanced level.)

You will attend the Modern Languages Summer School.

You will choose two modules from:

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

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 2 (single language)

Year 2 (single language)

If you continue with, or decide to concentrate on, a single language, you will choose one module from:

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

You will attend the Modern Languages Summer School.

You will choose two modules from:

Finally you will choose four modules from the lists below:

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, giving you the chance to 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 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

Final Year

Depending on whether you’re studying one or two languages, you will take either one or two of these modules:

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

You will take two modules from:

  • HA3030 Women in Cinema
  • HA3432 Contemporary Hollywood
  • HA3433 Screen Affect
  • HA3436 Stardom and Identities in Chinese and American Cinemas
  • HA3437 New Chinese Cinemas
  • HA3438 Hitchcock and Film Cinemas
  • HA3447 Contemporary European Cinema
  • HA3464 Screen Gothic
  • HA3465 Seriality:  Film, Television and Other Media

Finally you will choose some modules from the lists below.

If you are studying two languages, you will choose two modules (which must not relate to the same language).

If you are studying just one language you will choose four modules.

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.

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 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.

You will be assessed throughout each year by a combination of continuous assessment, projects, 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 they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

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

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
  • Independent learning: 984 hours

Year 2: 20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
  • Independent learning: 960 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: 20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
  • Independent learning: 960 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 at A-level including French or 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 French or Spanish or Italian + EPQ at grade B.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at distinction. Plus grade B in A-level (or equivalent) in French or Spanish or Italian.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including grade 6 in Higher Level French or Spanish or Italian.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM. Plus Grade B at A-level (or equivalent) in French or Spanish or Italian.

You can choose to study and focus on just one language only; either at Advanced level or Beginner level. For Advanced level study you should have an A-level (or equivalent) in your chosen language (French or Spanish or Italian). For Beginners level study you should have an A-level (or equivalent) in a foreign language.

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.

    We have a programme of visiting careers talks by leading experts in the arts and film industries who can provide insights into employment pathways.

    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.

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    Modern Languages with Film Studies
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    Duration
    4 years full-time
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