French and Italian B BA (Full time) 2018 start
UCAS code: RRC3
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
French and Italian are both major European languages and have had huge influence within Europe and beyond. If you have an A-level in French, this Joint Honours degree allows you to develop your skills while learning Italian from scratch and exploring the diverse cultures in which each language is spoken.
You’ll develop your language skills through the core modules you study. Because our School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is so large and diverse, we also offer an impressive variety of optional modules which allow you to discover the cultural, political and historical contexts of French and Italian.
You will 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 different media, from literature to cinema. You could cover topics from Dante to antiracism movements in post-war France, try a completely different language or gain practical skills like translating.
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.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 develop your French language skills and take intensive Italian language classes in your first year, while you’ll also be introduced to the history and culture of France and Italy. To help you bring together aspects of your two subjects, you’ll study one of our unique Cornerstone modules. 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.
You’ll continue with language classes in your second year, while choosing from a range of optional modules introducing you to aspects of Francophone and Italian life. You can choose from a remarkably wide range of options which cover, from a French perspective, literature, theatre, cinema, history, politics, immigration, francophone studies and linguistics. Italian modules reflect the diversity of our research interests - not only will you study a core of language and of literary texts, but you’ll be able to explore Italian history and society, art, cinema, fashion and design.
At the same time, you’ll prepare to spend a term of Year 2 and the whole of the following year abroad, 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’ll research independently.
|Language Awareness and Skills||20 credits|
|Introduction to French Studies (Resistance and Desire)||20 credits|
|Beginners Italian 1||20 credits|
|Beginners Italian 2||20 credits|
|IT for LCS Students||5 credits|
|Art and Literature in Medieval and Renaissance Italy: An Introduction||10 credits|
|Italy from Fascism to the Present||10 credits|
|Fictions of Fascism (B): Watching the Detectives||10 credits|
|Italian Cinema: An Introduction||10 credits|
|Language: Structure and Sound||20 credits|
|World Histories||20 credits|
|Worlds of Literature||20 credits|
|A variety of beginner-level language modules|
|Language in Contexts||15 credits|
|Term Abroad||30 credits|
|Italian Language||15 credits|
|The Age of Extremes: Culture, Crisis and Commitment between the Wars||15 credits|
|The Seventh Art - Cinema in France||15 credits|
|Francophone Africa and the Caribbean||15 credits|
|Introduction to Professional Translation and Interpreting||15 credits|
|Linguistic Variety in Modern Italy||15 credits|
|Italian Cinema: Genre and Social Change||15 credits|
|Linguists into Schools||15 credits|
|Year Abroad in Italy||120 credits|
|Advanced Language Skills||20 credits|
|Italian Language 3||20 credits|
|Final Year Project|
|Antiracism in France since 1945||20 credits|
|The Art of Romance: Love, Marriage and Gender in Medieval France||20 credits|
|Francophone Voices - Textual and Cultural Analysis||20 credits|
|Italian Terrorisms/Italian Film||20 credits|
|Minority Languages and Dialects in Italy from Fascism to the Present||20 credits|
|Bad Christmas Films: The Italian Cinepanettone||20 credits|
|Made in Italy. Italian for Business||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
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.Back to top
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in French.
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 French.
35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in French at Higher Level.
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in French
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AB in Advanced Highers including A in French and AABBB in Highers, or A in French in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers.
European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in French.
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 grade A in the EPQ.
We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level including French 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 requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
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.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
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 awareness of cultures where these languages are spoken. 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.
You’ll spend a term of Year 2 and the whole of the following year in Italy and France. 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 term in France, completing a work placement or studying a dedicated language course at a French university. Then you’ll spend a year in Italy, where you can work or study but may also decide to teach English. Whatever you decide, you’ll gain a new perspective and valuable experience.
Read more about French Residence Abroad
Read more about Italian Residence Abroad
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