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 course 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
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UCAS code
Start date
September 2017
History of Art and Film, Modern Languages

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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

Year 1

In the first year, you study either one or two languages from those on offer within Modern Languages at Leicester (Spanish, French or Italian), one of which may be taken at beginner’s level. Special attention is paid to living, contemporary language, both written and spoken.

Your Film Studies modules will introduce you to the main approaches to film analysis. In semester one you will learn how to ‘read’ a film at the level of narrative and visual style and you will be introduced to critical approaches to film studies. In semester two you will explore how realism has been understood in different historical and national contexts, examining films from American, European and non-Western cinemas.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose your 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, Spain or Italy, 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

As you move into your second year, you can choose to continue with two languages or instead concentrate on only one. You will also have a variety of option modules on offer, including modules on European and Latin American national cinema. In Film Studies you will study important cinemas from across the world, looking at how American Films and Television have responded to issues in American society and politics. You will also take Study of World Cinema, including Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose your option modules from the following lists:

French option modules

Italian 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 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. 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:





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:





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

In the final year, students who have taken two languages in the second year can continue to do so, or concentrate on one language. Alongside your advanced language tuition, you will be able to choose from a wide range of option modules.

Core modules

Language modules (in either one or two languages)

Option modules

Choose your option modules from the following lists:

French option modules

Italian option modules

Spanish option modules

Film Studies option modules

You may also choose to write a dissertation in place of one your 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 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.

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 grade 6 in either Higher Level French, Spanish or Italian.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM. Plus A-Level (or equivalent) in either French, Spanish or Italian.

You can choose to study and focus on just one language only; either at advanced or beginner. If you choose to study at advanced level, then ABB at A-Level including A-Level (or equivalent) in either French, Spanish or Italian is required. If you choose to study at beginner level, ABB at A-Level including a GCSE or AS/A-Level (or equivalent) in a foreign language is required. 

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
    • If you take a Year Abroad, your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee.

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.


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 with Film Studies BA 4 years full-time R8P3 Apply Now
Modern Languages with Film Studies
4 years full-time