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University of Leicester

Modern Languages and Translation

UCAS Code: 16Q9

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

Including either French or Spanish or Italian

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3, including some at distinction. Plus A-Level (or equivalent) in either French or Spanish or Italian. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information and eligibility: [email protected]

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2

Including either French or Spanish or Italian.

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Including 6 in Higher Level in either French or Spanish or Italian.

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

H2,H2,H2,H2,H3

Including either French or Spanish or Italian. 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 A-Level (or equivalent) in either French or Spanish or Italian.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

Including either French or Spanish or Italian.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

Including either French or Spanish or Italian. 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

Translation studies

Modern languages

Combine the in-depth study of a foreign language and its culture with the acquisition of advanced skills in translation.

A career in translation or interpreting can be exciting and rewarding, and our Modern Languages and Translation BA will help you gain the skills you need while studying a foreign language in depth. As an advanced language learner you will immediately start translating and interpreting into your target language.

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.

You will study one language at Advanced level (choose from French, Italian, or Spanish). Or, if you are native speaker of Chinese or Arabic, you will be able to take up either French, Spanish or Italian from Beginner level and combine the study of the new language with the acquisition of high-level skills in translation and interpreting of your first language. Throughout the course you will divide your time equally between studying translation and interpreting in theory and in practice, and developing your language proficiency, whilst learning about the social, political, and cultural forces that have shaped that country.

At the end of your first year, you will spend three weeks in one of our fully-funded summer schools. This immersive experience includes language tuition, cultural and social activities and accommodation with a local family.

Developing your foreign language skills gives you a powerful advantage in business and opens up a wide and exciting range of careers. You will enjoy 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 also spend a year abroad 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, 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.

**What's the difference?**
Our Modern Languages and Translation degree focuses on translation and interpretation with half of the course being spent on translation and half on your chosen language (French, Italian or Spanish).

Alternatively, you can take Modern Languages with Translation which involves the study of two languages (chosen from French, Italian, Spanish; at least one language is studied at Advanced level, the other can be taken from Beginners level), with one third of the course being spent on the theory and practice of translation and interpretation.

Modules

In your first year, you will receive tuition in one language from French, Italian, or Spanish, along with a range of modules focusing on the contemporary culture and history of your country of choice. Alongside this, you will take modules introducing you to theory and practice in the world of translation and interpreting. Or, if you are native speaker of Chinese or Arabic, you will be able to take up either French, Spanish or Italian from Beginner level and combine the study of the new language with skills in translation and interpreting of your first language. 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 your second year, you will continue to study your chosen language and culture while choosing from a range of modules on a variety of cultural, linguistic and literary topics. You will also have a chance to explore new areas such as electronic translation tools or intensive practice in consecutive interpreting. 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 be developing your written and spoken skills in your chosen language with advanced language tuition, and you will be able to choose from a range of specialist modules in areas of particular interest to you. 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
Translation studies
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?

47%
UK students
53%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
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
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

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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Languages

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

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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