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University of Leicester

French and Spanish

UCAS Code: RR14

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

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

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

H2,H2,H2,H2,H3

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

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

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

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

Including French or Spanish. Applicants who choose to study both languages at Advanced Level, both French and Spanish 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

Spanish studies

French studies

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

Our French and Spanish BA is ideal for you if you have studied either or both French and Spanish to A-level, and wish to study both of those languages to degree level while discovering and developing an understanding of the social, political, and cultural forces that have shaped contemporary France and the Francophone world, Spain, and Latin America. This course is suitable for students with an A-level in French and Spanish, as well as those who wish to take one of those languages from Beginners level. The course is divided equally between both languages and you will reach an equivalent standard of knowledge and ability in both by the end of the course.

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.

Throughout the course you will develop written skills in French and Spanish through the production of short pieces of creative writing and other activities, including online language learning and the use of materials taken from French and Spanish television. Oral teaching is 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.

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, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, and Latin America. Alternatively, you can take up an approved work placement. In addition, 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.

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, you will take introductory modules in both French and Spanish and Latin American Studies as well as option modules in each subject. 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 developing your language skills, you will be able to choose from optional 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 final year, you will continue to develop your Spanish 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.

80%
med
Spanish studies
100%
high
French 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

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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
87%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
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?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

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?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
A

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
97%
med
Employed or in further education
51%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
10%
Customer service occupations

It's often said there's a shortage of modern language graduates, and graduates from Spanish courses have a lot of options available to them when they complete their courses. In 2015, nearly 1300 UK graduates got degrees in Spanish and the subject is seeing its popularity increase. About one in five got jobs overseas — often as English teachers. If you want to put your degree to work in the UK, teacher training is a common option, and businesses see Spanish-speaking countries as important markets, leading to graduate opportunities in marketing, human resources, sales and project management. 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.

£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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