Our BA Modern Languages is designed to allow you to study two or three languages, from French, Italian and Spanish. It is a highly flexible course, allowing you to tailor your degree according to your interests. You'll build your linguistic skills while developing your understanding of the social, political, and cultural forces that have shaped contemporary France and the Francophone world, Italy, Spain and Latin America.
Leicester is one of the top ten places in the UK to study Modern Languages (The Guardian University Guide 2021) and we rank high for student satisfaction in the annual National Student Survey. In addition, at the end of your first year, you will attend 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 beginner’s level you will spend the summer school in the country of your beginner’s language.
If you are studying two languages at advanced level you may choose which one of those countries to visit. 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.
This course will replace the following courses:
Modern Language Studies BA
French and Spanish BA
French and Italian BA
Italian and Spanish BA
A/AS-levels: AAB-ABB including at least two relevant languages from French or Spanish or Italian. Two AS-levels may be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies is accepted
EPQ with A-levels: ABB-BBB including at least two relevant languages from French or Spanish or Italian EPQ at grade B
Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at distinction. Plus grade B in two A-levels (or equivalent) from French or Spanish or Italian
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including grade 6 in two Higher Level languages from French or Spanish or Italian
BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at D*DD. Plus grade B in two A-levels (or equivalent) from French or Spanish or Italian
If you want to study all three languages at Advanced level, you will need A-levels (or equivalent) in all three languages.
Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year – Society and Culture run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.
Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.
When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.
If your native language is French, Italian or Spanish, and you wish to study this language at Leicester, you will normally be required, in the first year of study, to take English language modules in lieu of the foreign language modules in your native tongue. If you have native speaker fluency in both English and your chosen foreign language(s), you will normally be required to substitute content modules for the relevant language modules.
English Language Requirements
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
You will study modules across topics that include:
Language skills at Beginner or Advanced level, depending on your chosen level
Introduction to French and/or Italian and/or Spanish & Latin American Studies
Optional cultural studies topics across film studies, literature, art, linguistics, history and politics
Optional teaching modules such as Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
UK and EU Students
Starting in 2022
Tuition fees for 2022/23 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2021/22 were: £9,250 in your first year.
Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.
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