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French and Italian A BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: RR13

Start date: September 2018

4 years full time

Typical A-level offer: AAB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


French and Italian are both major European languages and have had huge influence within Europe and beyond. If you have an A-level in each language, this joint honours degree allows you to become fluent in each while exploring different aspects of Francophone and Italian culture.

You’ll develop your language skills through core modules. Because our School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is so large and diverse, we also offer an impressive range of optional modules exploring the cultural, political and historical contexts in which the languages are spoken.

You’ll develop skills of interpretation and analysis by engaging with French and Italian culture and society through time, from the Middle Ages to the present, and across media from literature to cinema. You could cover antiracism movements in post-war France, Dante, linguistic varieties and contemporary culture in Italy. You could even try a completely new language or study translation methodology.

Specialist facilities

Leeds offers great facilities for language students. Digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) are all available in our fully-equipped Language Zone. There’s also an extensive lending library of foreign films and newspapers as well as other on-demand resources.

Our Interpreter Training Suites also offer you the chance to explore a career in interpreting, and our Electronic Resource Information Centre houses specialised computing facilities to support translation studies.

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Course content

A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

Core modules in your first year will allow you to consolidate your language skills, while you’ll also be introduced to the history and culture of France and Italy. You’ll also study a Cornerstone module to help you bring together aspects of your two subjects. You could also try one of the many other languages we offer – from Spanish and German to Punjabi, Turkish and Thai – or take discovery modules from elsewhere in the university.

Once you have this foundation, you’ll continue with language classes in your second year. But you’ll also choose from a range of optional modules, introducing you to different aspects of Francophone and Italian life. At the same time, you’ll prepare to spend a term of Year 2 and the whole of the following year abroad, sharpening your skills and immersing yourself in local culture.

When you return to Leeds for your final year, you’ll enjoy even more choice in your optional modules and take advanced language classes. You’ll also have the chance to work on skills like translating or interpreting. You’ll also apply the critical skills you’ve developed to a dissertation on a topic of your choice, which you will research independently.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Language Awareness and Skills 20 credits
Introduction to French Studies (Resistance and Desire) 20 credits
Italian Language 20 credits
IT for LCS Students 5 credits

Optional modules

Introduction to Skills in French Translation 20 credits
Art and Literature in Medieval and Renaissance Italy: An Introduction 10 credits
Italy from Fascism to the Present 10 credits
Skills and Issues in Italian Studies 10 credits
Italian Cinema: An Introduction 10 credits
Introduction to Audio-Visual Culture 20 credits
Language: Structure and Sound 20 credits
World Histories 20 credits
Discourse, Culture and Identity 20 credits
A variety of beginner-level language modules

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Language in Contexts 15 credits
Italian Language 15 credits

Optional modules

Aspects of French History 1789-1914 15 credits
The Seventh Art - Cinema in France 15 credits
Francophone Africa and the Caribbean 15 credits
Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French Fiction 15 credits
The Italian Renaissance: Ideals and Realities 15 credits
Italy: Regions, Identities and Nation 15 credits
Tall Tales: An Introduction to the Italian Short Story 15 credits

Year 3

Optional modules

Year Abroad 120 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Advanced Language Skills 20 credits
Italian Language 3 20 credits
Final Year Project

Optional modules

Bilingual Liaison Interpreting 20 credits
Francophone Voices - Textual and Cultural Analysis 20 credits
Paris in Revolt. The May 1968 events, past and present 20 credits
Italian Terrorisms/Italian Film 20 credits
The Making of the Italian Language: From Dante to the Present 20 credits
Specialised Uses of Italian in Consecutive Interpreting 20 credits
Dark Italy: Italian Crime Fiction 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read French and Italian A BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from the expertise of our tutors. These include lectures, seminars and tutorials, but workshops may also be included in some modules. However, we put a lot of emphasis on independent study, since this is where you really develop your skills. We have excellent library resources to help with this, and the University Library runs training programmes so you can get the best from them.


We also use different types of assessment. Exams and essays are among the most common, but in some modules oral presentations, group work, translations and business reports may also be treated as assessed components. We’ll support you through your assessments throughout your time at Leeds – for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on issues such as public speaking and exam technique.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB including A in French and B in Italian.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • BTEC

    We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, M1, M1 including D3 in French and M1 in Italian.

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in French at Higher Level and 6 in Italian at Higher Level.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in French and H3 in Italian

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    Scottish Highers accepted in combination with Advanced Highers. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in French and 80% in Italian.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in French and B in Italian and grade A in the EPQ.

We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level including French and Italian and pass Access to Leeds.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

A degree in French and Italian equips you with a range of valuable skills. You’ll be fluent in two important European languages, and you’ll have a real cultural awareness of cultures where the languages are spoken worldwide. Those qualities will open doors to a wide range of careers, and you’ll also acquire important transferable skills that are valuable to employers.

You’ll be an independent researcher who can think critically and analytically about complex information, them communicate and defend your ideas effectively both verbally and in writing. You’ll also have skills such as teamwork and presentation, and spending a year abroad will demonstrate that you are adaptable and self-reliant. Because you’ve juggled two different subjects, you’ll also have excellent organisational skills.

As a result, graduates have gone into a range of careers. Many have pursued language-based roles such as translating or interpreting, or gone onto postgraduate training in these areas. Others have succeeded in areas such as business and finance, education, journalism, law, publishing, advertising and marketing and the charity sector.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Residency abroad

You’ll spend a term of Year 2 and the whole of the following year in Italy and a Francophone country. It’s the perfect opportunity to surround yourself with another culture while sharpening and refining your language skills every day. For many of our students, it’s the highlight of their degree.

You’ll spend a year in one country and a term in the other, but it’s up to you where you spend the longer period. If you spend the term in Italy, you’ll study at the British Institute in Florence, while in France you can either complete a work placement or study at a partner university. In the year-long residence, you can work or study but you can also decide to teach English. Whatever you decide, you’ll gain a new perspective and valuable work experience.

Read more about French Residence Abroad

Read more about Italian Residence Abroad

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