History and Italian A BA (Full time) 2018 start
UCAS code: RV31
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
History gives you the chance to explore all aspects of human activity across cultures and over time. Core modules will introduce you to historiography and working with primary sources, developing your skills and knowledge. Youll then choose from a wide range of optional modules to pursue topics that interest you, from the fall of Rome to the 20th century and the US to India. Youll also gain a wide range of transferable skills that are very attractive to employers.
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.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 youll study core modules that introduce you to concepts such as historiography, and develop historical skills like working with primary sources. In the following year, youll choose from a wide range of optional modules, keeping a balance between earlier and later periods. You could study the Crusades, Imperial Germany or Mao Zedong and China since 1949. In your final year, youll focus on a specific theme or topic in your special subject and develop your research and critical skills.
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.
|Historiography and Historical Skills||20 credits|
|Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study||20 credits|
|Italian Language||20 credits|
|IT for LCS Students||5 credits|
|World Histories||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||20 credits|
|Small Change and Big Changes: Money and Power in Europe, 284-1000||20 credits|
|The Crusades and Medieval Christendom||20 credits|
|The Tudors: Princes, Politics, and Piety, 1485-1603||20 credits|
|Britain and the Atlantic World||20 credits|
|Britain and the Industrial Revolution||20 credits|
|Heretics, Witches and Conspirators: Toleration and Persecution in Early Modern Europe||20 credits|
|The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union, 1921-1993||20 credits|
|History in the Media||20 credits|
|Linguistic Variety in Modern Italy||20 credits|
|Power, Pain and Beauty: Introduction to the Art and Literature of the Italian Renaissance||20 credits|
|The Italian Renaissance: Ideals and Realities||20 credits|
|Italian Cinema: Genre and Social Change||20 credits|
|Italy: Regions, Identities and Nation||20 credits|
|Tall Tales: An Introduction to the Italian Short Story||20 credits|
|Year Abroad in Italy||120 credits|
|Italian Language 3||20 credits|
|Final Year Project|
|Thinking about History||20 credits|
|History on the High Street||20 credits|
|The Norman Kingdom of Sicily||40 credits|
|Chartism: Popular Politics and Authority in Northern England, 1838-1858||40 credits|
|Europe in an Age of Total Warfare||40 credits|
|The Cultural History of Venice, 1509-1797||40 credits|
|Consumer Society in Historical Perspective||20 credits|
|Memories: Autobiographies and Memoirs as Historical Sources||20 credits|
|Pastors and Prelates: Bishops in England, France and Germany, 950-1100||20 credits|
|The Breaking of Contemporary Britain: Challenges from the Post-War Period||20 credits|
|Secret Service: The World of British Intelligence||40 credits|
|Changing Enemies: Germany Occupied and Divided, 1945-55||20 credits|
|Language and Identity in Twentieth-Century Italian Novels||20 credits|
|'Giocare al Romanzo': Italo Calvino and the Novel, from Neorealism to Postmodern||20 credits|
|Specialised Uses of Italian in Consecutive Interpreting||20 credits|
|Dark Italy: Italian Crime Fiction||20 credits|
|Made in Italy. Italian for Business||20 credits|
|Family Novels: Life Stories, Gender and Social Change in Modern Italy||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
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 History and A in Italian, excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking.
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 for History. 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 History and M1 in Italian
35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in History at Higher Level and 6 in Italian at Higher Level
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in History and H2 in Italian
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AB in Advanced Highers including A in History and B in Italian and AABBB in Highers
European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in History and 85% in Italian.
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 AAC at A Level including A in History and A in Italian (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level including History and Italian (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and pass Access to Leeds.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate 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.
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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 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
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.
Youll spend your third year in Italy, immersing yourself in local culture and cultivating your language skills.
We have partnerships with a number of Italian universities where you could study, or you could apply for a work placement either with our partner company or with an organisation of your choice. You could even work as a language assistant in an Italian school under the British Councils programme.
Whatever you choose to do, youll gain a new insight into Italian society as well as valuable experience of adapting to another culture. If you choose to work during your time there, youll also return with work experience to increase your appeal to employers. For many of our students, its the real highlight of their course.
Read more about Residence Abroad in Italian
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