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Russian A BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: R710

Start date: September 2018

Duration/Mode
4 years full time

Typical A-level offer: ABB
(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: No

Overview

If you already have some knowledge of Russian, this advanced course will combine language learning with the chance to study Russian culture, history and politics. You’ll improve and refine your written and spoken Russian, while gaining a deeper insight into the context and development of Russian society.

Core modules will allow you to build your language skills and introduce you to key aspects of Russian culture, such as music, literature or the nation’s modern history. You’ll also choose optional modules to pursue your interests, from Fyodor Dostoevsky to gender identity in Russian society. You’ll even spend a year at a Russian university to gain first-hand experience.

With an active student-led Slavonic society and much of our teaching conducted by native Russian speakers, Leeds is home to a strong community of individuals with an interest in Russian and Slavonic studies. It’s a great environment in which to explore a unique part of the world.

Leeds has great facilities to support language students, with digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in our fully-equipped Language Centre.

If you’re interested in translation studies, we also offer specialised computing facilities in our Electronic Resource Information Centre. Our Interpreter Training Suites also offer you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.

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Course content

This programme will introduce you to Russian at a more advanced level and is aimed at those with A-level Russian or equivalent. A placement test is available if you want to be sure that this level is suitable for you. If you have little or no previous knowledge of Russian, you may wish to apply for the beginners’ programme BA Russian B.

Your first year will develop your Russian language skills while introducing you to key aspects of the nation’s cultural history and literature. This will ensure you have a good foundation of knowledge and skills, which you will then cultivate during a year at a Russian university.

When you come back to Leeds, you’ll have improved language skills and a fresh perspective to bring to your studies. You’ll take advanced core language modules to refine your spoken and written Russian, while you’ll also choose from a range of optional modules to explore topics such as Russian media and literature, or practical skills such as translation.

Throughout your studies, you’ll develop critical, research and communication skills, which you’ll put into practice in your final year when you produce an independently researched dissertation.

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

IT for LCS Students 5 credits
Core Russian Language 1 20 credits
Text and Context: Introduction to Russian Literature 20 credits
From Icons to iPods: Approaches to Russian Culture 20 credits

Optional modules

Introduction to Audio-Visual Culture 20 credits
Language: Structure and Sound 20 credits
World Histories 20 credits
Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application 20 credits
Politics, Culture and Society 20 credits
Worlds of Literature 20 credits
Discourse, Culture and Identity 20 credits
Developing Russian Language 1 20 credits
Introduction to Russian Folklore: Fairy Tales and Cultural Practice 20 credits
Beginners Czech 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Year Abroad 120 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Core Russian Language 2 20 credits

Optional modules

Research Placement 20 credits
Applied Russian Language 2 20 credits
Ideology and Imagination: Prose Literature in 19th Century Russia 20 credits
Not by Bread Alone: Everyday Culture under the Soviet Regime 20 credits
Postcommunist / Postmodernist Identities 20 credits
The Sounds of Russian 20 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Core Russian Language 3 20 credits
Final Year Project: Extended Essay

Optional modules

Fyodor Dostoevsky: Artist and Prophet 20 credits
Gender Identity in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia 20 credits
Russian (New) Media 20 credits
Russian Advanced Translation 20 credits
Imagining the Post-Soviet Realm: Popular Culture and Representation of Russia and the Newly Independent States since 1991 20 credits
Out of the frying pan into the fire: Russian society from perestroika to the Crimean annexation (1985-2015) 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Russian 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 enable you to benefit from the expertise of our tutors through different learning and teaching styles. These will include lectures, seminars and tutorials, or occasionally workshops.

Independent study is an important element of your course. It allows you to develop your research skills, and encourages you to think critically about the material you find. The University Library runs a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of our excellent library resources.

Assessment

Exams and essays are the most common forms of assessment we use, but in some modules you may also be assessed on components such as group work or oral presentations. Extra classes on issues such as exam technique, public speaking and structuring essays are available throughout your time at Leeds to help you handle this.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB including B in Russian.

  • 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

    M1, M1, M1 including Russian

  • International Baccalaureate

    34 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in Russian at Higher Level

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 including H3 in Russian

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    Please 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: 77% including 80% in Russian.


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 BBB at A Level including Russian 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: BBC at A Level including B in Russian and pass Access to Leeds.

International

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.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

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

Fees

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

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 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 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 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

Russian graduates have proficiency in a major world language, as well as an appreciation of the culture in which it is spoken. They are also equipped with valuable transferable skills that are highly sought by employers.

For example, you’ll be able to research topics independently and think critically about what you find. You’ll also be able to draw your own conclusions and present them effectively, both verbally and in writing. You’ll be a strong communicator, comfortable in a team and on your year abroad you will learn to adapt to new environments and situations.

Recent graduates have progressed into a wide range of careers as a result, working in countries such as the United States, Russia, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Japan and Georgia. Employers have included Shell, GCHQ, the BBC Russian Service, the NHS, Reuters, HSBC and the Russian Chamber of Commerce.

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Placement opportunities

Residence abroad

You’ll spend your second year studying at the Institute of Russian Language and Culture at Moscow State University. It’s a fantastic opportunity to benefit from expert instruction in intensive language classes, as well as optional seminars on topics such as history, grammar and the media. Of course, you’ll also have plenty of time outside the classroom to travel and explore the real Russia.

Read more about the Residence Abroad in Russia

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