Translation and Interpreting

BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if...you aspire to become a translator working between Mandarin Chinese and English or between Arabic and English. You will also take French, Italian, or Spanish, which can be studied at beginners or advanced level, or take English as a foreign language.

Course Description

The demand for translators and interpreters has grown considerably in recent years, due to the increasingly global economy. Employment for translators and interpreters is projected to increase much faster than the average of many occupations.

This degree has been tailored for students who wish to become translators, interpreters, editors, or journalists working with Arabic or Chinese and English. Not only will you have the opportunity to acquire valuable translating and interpreting skills, but you will also get the chance to learn or enhance your understanding of a European language (French, Italian, or Spanish) of your choice, or to learn English as a foreign language.

Our courses are designed not only to equip our students with essential skills in translation and interpreting but also to enhance their skills using a variety of specialised tools, such as computer-assisted translation software and subtitling software.

This degree includes a three-week summer school, fully funded by the university. You will also have the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad or in a placement within the UK. Alternatively you can choose to skip this placement year and complete your studies over three years.

Our language classes are taught predominantly by native speakers who therefore have insight into the languages they teach and the cultures they represent. Meanwhile, you can choose to study a variety of modules, including conference interpreting, consecutive interpreting, electronic tools for translators, and audio-visual translation.

Here at the University of 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 codes
2Q00, 2Q11
Start date
September 2017
Department
Modern Languages
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?

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 (Beginners)

Year 1 (Beginners)

You will take modules in the theory and practice of interpreting and translating, and be introduced to close textual analysis aimed especially at preparation for translating or interpreting. If you study French, Italian, or Spanish at beginners level, you will take a module on aspects of contemporary culture, alongside intensive language tuition.

Core modules

  • Language module
  • Core Skills for Language Learners 
  • Introduction to Translating
  • Introduction to Interpreting
  • English Text Analysis
  • Introduction to Translation Studies
  • General Translation

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

An additional feature of the degree is the Summer School during the summer vacation at the end of the first year, consisting of a two-week course in the country of your chosen language. This 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.

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 (Advanced)

Year 1 (Advanced)

You will take modules in the theory and practice of interpreting and translating, and be introduced to close textual analysis aimed especially at preparation for translating or interpreting. If you have advanced skills in French, Italian, or Spanish you will also undertake textual analysis in that language and take a module on aspects of the contemporary culture of the related countries, alongside advanced language tuition.

Core modules

  • Language module
  • Core Skills for Language Learners
  • Introduction to Translating
  • Introduction to Interpreting
  • English Text Analysis
  • Introduction to Translation Studies
  • General Translation

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Plus

Or two option modules from

An additional feature of the degree is the Summer School during the summer vacation at the end of the first year, consisting of a two-week course in the country of your chosen language. This 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 1 (EFL)

Year 1 (EFL)

If you are studying English as a foreign language, you will take different modules from the students who are studying a European Language:

  • Introduction to Translating
  • English Text Analysis
  • Introduction to translation studies
  • General Translation
  • Studying Language
  • Advanced Speaking 1
  • Advanced Speaking 2
  • Advanced Writing 1
  • Advanced Writing 2

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

In your second year you will be introduced to the use of electronic translation tools and have intensive practice in consecutive interpreting. You will consolidate the knowledge, understanding, and skills acquired in the first year in the field of translation and interpreting, and in your foreign language.

If you are studying a European language, you will take the following modules:

Modules

  • Language module
  • Advanced English Text Analysis 1
  • Advanced English Text Analysis 2
  • Consecutive Interpreting
  • Electronic Tools for Translators
  • Practical Translation
  • Translation Studies

If you are studying English as a Foreign Language, you will take the following modules:

Core modules

  • Advanced English Text Analysis 1
  • Advanced English Text Analysis 2
  • Consecutive Interpreting
  • Electronic Tools for Translators
  • Practical Translation
  • Translation Studies 

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • English Pronunciation
  • Words and Meaning: English Vocabulary Development
  • English Grammar in Use
  • English Listening Skills

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 (optional)

Year Abroad (optional)

The Year Abroad is available to students taking the European option and gives you the chance to study or work in the country 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 the final year, both advanced and beginners students will study together. You will build on the expertise you have gained, as well as receiving practice and understanding of conference interpreting and translating in various contexts other than written texts, such as subtitling and dubbing for films and translating websites. You will complete a translation or interpreting project and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Modules

  • Advanced Translation
  • Audiovisual Translation
  • Conference Interpreting 1
  • Conference Interpreting 2
  • Translation Project

Plus your Dissertation

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 study in Montpellier (France), Massa Marittima or Florence (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.

If you take the pathway of studying English as a foreign language, your summer school will be in Edinburgh. You will stay at a university student hall, and enjoy a range of language enhancement classes and cultural activities. 

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 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. If you are a native English speaker, you will need Grade B in Arabic or Mandarin Chinese. If you are a native Mandarin Chinese or Arabic speaker, you will need Grade B in English. If you are taking the advanced language route you will need Grade B in French, Italian or Spanish. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies accepted. Please indicate in section 3 (f) of your UCAS form which languages you wish to study.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B. If you are a native English speaker, you will need A-level grade B in Arabic or Mandarin Chinese. If you are a native Mandarin Chinese or Arabic speaker, you will need grade B in A-level English. If you are taking the advanced language route, you will need grade B in A-level French, Italian or Spanish. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted. Please indicate in section 3 (f) of your UCAS form which languages you wish to study.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass the diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3, including some at distinction, plus A-level (or equivalent) in Mandarin Chinese or Arabic.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Full Diploma with 30 points overall, plus any subject requirements.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM, plus any subject requirements.

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 University.

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
    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Career Opportunities

In most cases your Year Abroad can include teaching assistantships as well as work placements.

Our annual Careers Week includes seminars exploring diverse career paths. Speakers have come from European embassies and the EU.

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
Translation and Interpreting BA 3 years full-time 2Q00 Apply Now
Translation and Interpreting with Year Abroad BA 4 years full-time 2Q11 Apply Now
Translation and Interpreting with Year in Industry BA 4 years full-time 2Q11 Apply Now
Course
Translation and Interpreting
Qualification
BA
Duration
3 years full-time
UCAS Code
2Q00
Availability
Course
Translation and Interpreting with Year Abroad
Qualification
BA
Duration
4 years full-time
UCAS Code
2Q11
Availability
Course
Translation and Interpreting with Year in Industry
Qualification
BA
Duration
4 years full-time
UCAS Code
2Q11
Availability