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University of Leicester

Modern Language Studies

UCAS Code: T901

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

Including two of either French or Spanish or Italian. Applicants who wish to study all three languages at Advanced level, then A-levels in all three languages is required.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass relevant diploma with 45 credits at Level 3. Plus two A-Levels (or equivalent) of either French or Spanish or Italian. Applicants who wish to study all three languages at Advanced level, then A-levels (or equivalent) in all three languages is required. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information and eligibility: [email protected]

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2

Including two either French or Spanish or Italian. Applicants who wish to study all three languages at Advanced Level, then Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects in all three languages is required.

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Including grade 6 in either two of Higher Level French or Spanish or Italian. Applicants who wish to study all three languages at Advanced Level, then Higher Level in all three languages is required.

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

H2,H2,H2,H2,H3

Including two of either French or Spanish or Italian. Applicants who wish to study all three languages at Advanced Level, then Higher Level in all three languages is required. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information and eligibility: [email protected]

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

D*DD

Plus two A-Levels (or equivalent) of either French or Spanish or Italian. Applicants who wish to study all three languages at Advanced level, then A-levels (or equivalent) in all three languages is required.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

Including two of either French or Spanish or Italian. Applicants who wish to study all three languages at Advanced Level, then Advanced Highers in all three languages is required.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

Including two of either French or Spanish or Italian. Applicants who wish to study all three languages at Advanced Level, then Highers in all three languages 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

Subject

Modern languages

Develop your linguistic abilities in French, Italian and Spanish (with the possibility of starting one of those languages as a beginner), and acquire an in-depth knowledge of their respective related cultures around the world. This flexible degree gives you the chance to take all three of those languages to degree level, or to choose to focus on two languages from the Year Abroad onwards.

Our Modern Language Studies BA is designed to allow you to study up to three languages, from French, Italian, and Spanish. It is a highly flexible course, allowing you to tailor your degree according to your interests. You can either study three languages in your first and second years and then focus on just two of these languages in your final year, or study three languages throughout the duration of your degree.

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.

Of the two or three languages that you will study during this course, only one can be studied at Beginners level. When you study a language at Beginners level you will receive an intensive language course that brings you up to post-GCSE standard within a year.

In all language classes special attention is paid to contemporary language, both written and spoken. Your writing skills will be developed through creating 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. You will also take cultural studies modules on topics related to historical and contemporary societies, literature, film and the visual arts and cultural histories.

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 course 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. We have links with several universities in Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Canada and Latin America. Alternatively, you can take up an approved work placement.

Here in 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 your first year, you will study either three languages, or two languages. Of the two or three languages that you will study during this course, only one can be studied at beginners level. 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, you will continue with your three or two main languages and choose from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and literary options on offer. 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 have the opportunity to study two or three languages. You will develop your written and spoken skills in your chosen languages, and you will have a choice of options to allow you to specialise in areas of particular interest to you, 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.

84%
high
Modern languages

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.

Others in language and area studies

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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

92%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
85%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

73%
UK students
27%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


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Others in language 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

23%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Teaching and educational professionals

This is a broad subject for a variety of European languages. No matter which you take, the general theme is that some graduates go to that country to work, often as English language teachers, some go into further study, often to train as teachers or translators, but most get jobs in the UK in education - most often as language tutors, unsurprisingly, or translators. Modern language grads can also be in demand in business roles where communication and language skills are particularly useful, such as marketing and PR, and in finance or law. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills.

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