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Italian and Portuguese

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

ABB to include a foreign language (not necessarily one of the named languages). Applicants seeking to study two languages at beginner level should seek advice from the departments concerned.. Contextual Offers: please visit the course webpage for further details bout our Access UCL scheme

Access to HE Diploma

M:28

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 28 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M1,M1

D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects to include a foreign language (not necessarily one of the named languages). Applicants seeking to study two languages at beginner level should seek advice from the departments concerned.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects to include a foreign language (not necessarily one of the named languages), with no higher level score lower than 5. Applicants seeking to study two languages at beginner level should seek advice from the departments concerned. Contextual Offers: please visit the course webpage for further details about our Access UCL scheme

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher) to include a foreign language at Advanced Higher (not necessarily one of the named languages). Applicants seeking to study two languages at beginner level should seek advice from the departments concerned.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades ABB, to include a foreign language (not necessarily one of the named languages). Applicants seeking to study two languages at beginner level should seek advice from the departments concerned.

UCAS Tariff

128-152

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with time abroad | 2022

Subjects

Portuguese studies

Italian studies

The four-year BA Italian and Portuguese is a joint honours programme split equally between your two languages. You will take modules not only in language (speaking, listening, reading, writing and translation) but also in cultural topics including literature, history, film, linguistics, politics and other relevant field designed to complement your language learning. With a wide variety of modules on offer, you will be able to tailor your modern languages degree to your areas of interest.
You will spend a Year Abroad in the third year, split between two countries where your languages are spoken.

Studying Italian at UCL you will experience innovative teaching in every area of study. Examples include language projects using e-learning, historical Italian cookery, dedicated visits to museums and galleries in London, hands-on access to UCL rare books collections (for example Dante incunables) and extra-curricular activities such as film club screenings.
We are one of the biggest Italian departments in the UK. We have leading experts in all periods of Italian literature, from Dante to the present day. But we're also famous in the world of Italian studies for the broad range of other courses we offer. Our students can explore interests as diverse and fascinating as Renaissance art, Italian history, modern and contemporary Italian art, linguistics and the structure of human language, cinema and documentary films, graphic novels, the Mafia....

Portuguese is taught in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at UCL, allowing the study of Portuguese language and culture beyond Europe, with expertise ranging from Renaissance Portugal to Modernist Brazil and Lusophone Africa. Modules will include the study of literature, history and film.

UCL is ranked 3rd in the UK for Modern Languages in the 2018 QS World Rankings and offers outstanding opportunities to language students and graduates.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£23,300
per year
International
£23,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

UCL (University College London)

Department:

School of European Languages, Culture and Society

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

71%
low
Portuguese studies
77%
med
Italian studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Iberian studies

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
58%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

67%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
66%
Course specific equipment and facilities
38%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
98%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

Italian studies

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
58%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

67%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
64%
Course specific equipment and facilities
38%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

72%
UK students
28%
International students
26%
Male students
74%
Female students
100%
2:1 or above
18%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A*
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Iberian studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
70%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

Very few graduates take this subject and so we can't say anything definitively about what graduates go on to do with these degrees - teaching, marketing and the arts and media were the most common jobs for graduates in Portuguese from 2015. That said, modern language grads usually have a range of opportunities available to them, both home and abroad. If you are interested in studying this subject, then it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what you might expect from the course and what previous graduates did.

Languages and area studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
high
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
67%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Business, research and administrative professionals
8%
Teaching and educational professionals

This is one of the less common modern languages for students to take, but graduates from Italian courses have a lot of options available to them when they complete their degrees. About one in five graduates from 2015 got jobs overseas — often as English teachers — which is much higher than for most subjects, and higher than previous years. Nearly half of the rest went to work in London. Those who want to stay at home to work usually find jobs anywhere where good communication skills are a must — and in 2015, that included education, marketing and finance. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Languages and area studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£28k

£28k

£34k

£34k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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