Modern Languages with Management

BA, 4 years

This is for you if... you want to combine language skills with cultural insight and in-depth knowledge of management theory and practice.

Course Description

This course offers you a great opportunity to gain maximum fluency in the language (or languages) of your choice whilst gaining a thorough understanding of national cultures and learning the skills and concepts of modern management.

You can choose whether you study one or two languages from French, Italian or Spanish. If you study two languages then you can choose to study one at beginner 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. After your first year you can choose to continue studying two languages or choose only one.

You will study abroad for a year, where during which time 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 universities in Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, and Latin America. Alternatively, you can take up an approved work placement. 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.

As you study your chosen language(s), you will pay special attention to modern, contemporary language, along with development of your written skills and study of the society, culture and literature of your chosen nation(s). You will develop your written skills through the production of 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.

At Leicester we approach management and organisation so far as it affects not only upon the lives of managers, but also the lives or more or less everyone. We are known for the ‘Leicester Model’ of management studies – an approach that challenges the status quo and seeks to give voice to those individuals, groups and societies who are traditionally overlooked in global management and organisational processes. With our distinctive approach to the study of management, you can be certain that we will provide you with a wealth of exciting learning experiences.

 

Key Facts
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
R9NF
Start date
September 2017
Department
Modern Languages, School of Business
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?

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.

We are ranked 8th for Modern Languages by the Guardian University Guide 2017.

Our multi-disciplinary approach to management draws on anthropology, cultural studies, economics, sociology, politics and psychology – as well as traditional management theories.

Our small group teaching means you will have a greater opportunity to participate in debates and receive more personal feedback on your progress.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year you will study one or two languages from those on offer from Modern Languages at Leicester, one of which may be taken from beginners level. You will also be able to choose from a wide variety of option modules.

Core modules

  • Language modules (in either one or two languages)
  • Foundations of Management
  • Introduction to Marketing

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 enter your second year, you can choose whether to continue studying two languages or concentrate on only one. For each language option, you’ll also have a range of cultural, linguistic and literary modules to choose from.

Core modules

  • Language modules (in either one or two languages)
  • European Texts in Translation 1
  • European Texts in Translation 2
  • Organisational Behaviour

Option modules

Choose your option modules from the following lists:

French option modules

    Italian option modules

    Spanish option modules

    Management option modules

    Choose one or two option modules from:

    • Operations Management
    • International Marketing Communications
    • Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Practice
    • Global Branding: Theory and Practice
    • Crisis/Management
    • Human Resource Management

    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:

    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.

    Final Year

    Final Year

    In your final year, once again you can choose to continue studying two languages or focus on just one, alongside your management studies. You'll continue with advanced language tuition in your chosen languages and you'll also choose from a range of option modules.

    Core modules

    • Language modules (in either one or two languages)
    • Strategy

    Option modules

    Choose your option modules from the following lists:

    French option modules

    Italian option modules

    Spanish option modules

    Management option modules

    Choose one or two option modules from:

    • Consumer Culture: Globalisation, Materialism and Resistance
    • Critical Analysis for Management
    • Business Ethics
    • Managing Knowledge in Organisations
    • Cultural Producers of Taste

    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.

    In your Management studies you will attend both lectures and seminars each week. You will also attend a number of small-group tutorials in which contemporary issues are discussed, drawing on the tools and theories taught in other parts of the curriculum.

    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, group work 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.
    • GCSE: English and Maths at grade C.
    • 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. Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications. 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 2017

      • £15,290 per year
      • If you take a Year Abroad, your fee will be £2,293.50 which is 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.

    Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on the demands of employers for critical and analytical problem solving skills, team working and the ability to present and communicate ideas, along with the personal and professional skills that you require to keep pace with rapid changes in the workplace and an ever-changing world.

    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
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    Course
    Modern Languages with Management
    Qualification
    BA
    Duration
    4 years full-time
    UCAS Code
    R9NF
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