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French and Italian

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

Including French or Italian. Applicants who choose to study both languages at Advanced Level, both French and Italian at A-Level is required.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3. Plus A-Level (or equivalent) in French or Italian. Applicants who choose to study both languages at Advanced Level, both French and Italian at A-Level (or equivalent) is required. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information and eligibility: [email protected]

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2

Including French or Italian. Applicants who choose to study both languages at Advanced Level, both French and Italian Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects is required.

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Including 6 in Higher Level French or Italian. Applicants who choose to study both languages at Advanced Level, both French and Italian at Higher Level is required.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2,H3

Including French or Italian. Applicants who choose to study both languages at Advanced Level, both French and Italian at Higher Level is required.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*DD

Plus A-Level (or equivalent) in French or Italian. Applicants who choose to study both languages at Advanced Level, both French and Italian at A-Level (or equivalent) is required.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

Including French or Italian. Applicants who choose to study both languages at Advanced Level, both French and Italian at Advanced Highers is required.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

Including French or Italian. Applicants who choose to study both languages at Advanced Level, both French and Italian at Highers is required. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information and eligibility: [email protected]

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

128-152

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

French studies

Italian studies

Achieve linguistic fluency in French and Italian as well as developing an in-depth knowledge of two highly influential and internationally relevant cultures.

Our French and Italian BA is for you if you have studied either or both French and Italian to A-level, and wish to study both of those languages to degree level while developing your understanding of the social, political, and cultural forces that have shaped contemporary France, the Francophone world, and Italy. This course allows you to take French or Italian from Beginners level if you wish to. You will divide your time equally between both Italian and French and by the end of the course you will reach an equivalent standard of knowledge and ability in both languages.

Leicester is one of the top ten places in the UK to study Modern Languages (The Guardian University Guide 2020) and we rank high for student satisfaction in the annual National Student Survey.

At the end of your first year, you will spend three weeks in one of our fully funded Summer Schools where you will be able to immerse yourself in the language and culture you are studying. If you choose to study one of the two languages at beginners level you will spend the summer school in the country of your beginners language. If you are studying two languages at advanced level you may choose which one of those countries to visit.

Throughout the course you will develop your written skills in French and Italian through the production of short pieces of creative writing and other activities such as online language learning and the use of materials taken from French and Italian television and radio, with oral teaching conducted in small groups, mostly by native speakers. We have state-of-the-art language laboratories which can help you learn through interaction with a range of audio and visual media, plus interpreting booths and open access space to study.

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.

As part of the degree 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, and Canada. Alternatively, you can take up an approved work placement.

Here at 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.

Modules

In first year, in Italian, you will be introduced to a range of historical periods and texts through modules on modern and contemporary Italy, and you will study different key authors and genres in the Italian literary canon. In French, you will take modules that will focus on different aspects of French and Francophone society. An additional feature of the degree is the Summer School during the summer vacation at the end of the first year, consisting of a three-week course in the country of your chosen language. The Summer School is fully funded by the University. In second year, in addition to the development of language skills, you will be able to choose from option modules on a variety of cultural, linguistic and literary topics. In year three, you will have the chance to spend a year abroad. It will give 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. Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester; please see our website for further details. In your final year, you will continue to develop your Italian and French, with advanced language tuition to help you build your written and spoken skills. In addition, you will have a choice of options that allow you to specialise in areas such as film, popular culture, contemporary literature, historical and social issues, and specialist aspects of language. For further details, please see the course page on the University website.

Assessment methods

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.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leicester

Department:

School of Modern Languages

TEF rating:
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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.

100%
high
French studies
79%
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.

French studies

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
97%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

97%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
98%
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?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
D
A

Italian studies

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
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

72%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
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?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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.

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
51%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Childcare and related personal services

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.

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

£28k

£28k

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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