Italian A and Spanish BA (Full time) 2018 start
UCAS code: RR34
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)
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes
If you have A-level Italian or equivalent, Italian A will allow you to become fluent in a major European language while exploring Italys fascinating history and rich culture. Core modules will develop your language skills and introduce you to Italian cinema, art, literature or history. But youll also choose from an array of optional modules that reflect our diverse research interests, from Dante and Renaissance art to the writings of Italo Calvino, or specialised uses of Italian in business.
At Leeds, you can become fluent in Spanish while gaining an insight into the history, culture and politics of Spain and Latin America. Core modules will develop your language skills and introduce you to the history and culture of Spain and Hispanic America, and youll choose optional modules on topics that interest you. Youll also benefit from the Spanish governments cultural arm, the Instituto Cervantes, and the Catalan governments Ramon Llull Institute, which are based on campus.Back to top
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects. You’ll study one of our Cornerstone modules in Year 1 to draw your two subjects together, and apply your knowledge and skills to a major research project in either subject in your final year.
In your first year core studies will improve your language skills and introduce you to Italian history and visual culture. Following this youll mix language study with optional modules on topics such as regional identities in Italy. Youll then spend your time abroad working or studying in Italy, and bring a new perspective to advanced language classes in your final year. Youll also choose further optional modules from Italian in business contexts to Italian history and culture.
In your first year youll improve your language skills and explore the history or culture of Spain and Latin America. Following this youll develop your knowledge as you choose from optional modules on topics such as translation or Spanish literature. Youll also continue with language study to prepare for studying or working in a Spanish-speaking country. When you return youll take advanced language classes and choose further optional modules on topics that span Hispanic and Latin American politics, history and culture.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
|Italian Language||20 credits|
|IT for LCS Students||5 credits|
|Practical Language Skills in Spanish 1||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|
|Italian Language||15 credits|
|Practical Language Skills in Spanish 2||15 credits|
|Linguistic Variety in Modern Italy||15 credits|
|Power, Pain and Beauty: Introduction to the Art and Literature of the Italian Renaissance||15 credits|
|Italy: Regions, Identities and Nation||15 credits|
If you spend your term abroad in year 2 in Italy, your third year will be spent in Spain or a Spanish-speaking country. If you spend your term abroad in year 2 in Spain, your third year will be spent in Italy.
|Italian Language 3||20 credits|
|Practical Language Skills in Spanish 3||20 credits|
|Final year project|
|Italian Cinemas/Italian Histories||20 credits|
|'Giocare al Romanzo': Italo Calvino and the Novel, from Neorealism to Postmodern||20 credits|
|Dark Italy: Italian Crime Fiction||20 credits|
|A Year With 366 Days: A Journey Through Petrarch's Canzoniere||20 credits|
|Made in Italy. Italian for Business||20 credits|
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
Our tutors are experts in their fields, and their teaching is informed by their own cutting-edge research.
We use a range of teaching methods to help you benefit from their expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials or occasionally workshops. However, independent study is also central to this degree, since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. You will be able to apply your skills and knowledge in a Final Year Research Project on a topic of your own choice.
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Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in Spanish 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.
We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
D3, M1, M1 including D3 in Spanish and M1 in Italian.
35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in Italian at Higher Level and 6 in Spanish at Higher Level
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in Spanish and H3 in Italian
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
Scottish Highers accepted in combination with Advanced Highers. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.
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.
European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in Spanish and 80% in Italian.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools 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 Spanish and B in Italian and grade A in the EPQ.
Were 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 Spanish and Italian and pass Access to Leeds.
We accept a wide range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.
English language requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme 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 youre 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.
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.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
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, youll 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.
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.Back to top
Studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of two subjects, including proficiency in a major world language. As well as demonstrating that youre intellectually versatile, your degree will equip you with a wide range of skills across different disciplines that employers actively seek.
Youll have good research skills, and youll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. Youll then be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, youll have strong research and organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team. You will also have a strong understanding of cultural diversity, allowing you to work effectively with people whose backgrounds differ from yours.
All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and graduates have pursued careers across the globe that reflect the diversity of their degrees. Theyve gone on to be successful in education, the media, law, publishing, the civil service, business and finance and the charity sector to name a few. Many others have also pursued postgraduate study, including further training in language-based careers such as translating and interpreting.
To find out more about graduate destinations in your subjects, please see the relevant Single Honours pages.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats 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.Back to top
Italian A and Spanish
You’ll spend a term of Year 2 and the whole of the following year between Italy and a Spanish-speaking 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.
It’s up to you where you spend the longer period. On an Italian term abroad you can either study on a dedicated course for foreign learners of the language at the Scuola Dante Alighieri in Rome or apply for a work placement. On a Spanish term abroad you will study on a dedicated course for foreign learners of the language in one of our partner institutions in Spain.
For your year abroad, we have partnerships with a number of Spanish, Latin American and Italian universities where you could study through an exchange agreement, or you could apply for a work placement. You could even work as a language assistant in a school under the British Council’s programme.
Whatever you decide, you’ll gain a new perspective and valuable work experience.Read more about Residence Abroad in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Read more about Italian Residence Abroad
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