Italian B BA (Full time) 2018 start
Course information for 2019 start
UCAS code: R305
Start date: September 2018
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer: ABB
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
Rich in cultural heritage, Italy is also a leading world economy. This degree allows you to learn Italian from scratch and acquire an in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of this vibrant country.
If you haven’t studied Italian before, core modules will enable you to build your language skills while introducing you to Italian history, culture and society. You’ll then be able to tailor your degree to suit you, selecting from optional modules covering a variety of topics from Renaissance art and Dante to cinema, contemporary literature, linguistic varieties, material culture and Italian for business. You’ll even spend a year in Italy to experience Italian culture first-hand.
Our expert tutors cover a wide range of research interests, all of which inform their teaching. As a result we can offer flexible degrees that give you scope to pursue your interests – and we have excellent facilities to help you make the most of your time at Leeds.
Digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) are all housed in our fully-equipped Language Centre. It also stocks an extensive lending library of foreign films and newspapers among other on-demand resources.
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.Back to top
This programme will introduce you to Italian at beginners’ level and is designed for those who have had no previous or little contact with the language. If you already have some knowledge of the language, you may wish to apply for the advanced programme BA Italian A.
You’ll develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in Italian in your first two years, while selecting modules introducing you to different elements of Italian civilisation, from Medieval and Renaissance Italy to contemporary Italian literature, cinema, culture and history. Through these modules you’ll develop language skills and cultural awareness that you can really cultivate in your third year, which is spent working or studying in Italy.
When you return to Leeds for your final year, you’ll study advanced language modules to refine your skills, while exploring more topics that interest you, such as contemporary literature, the history of the Italian language, Italian cinema or fashion, design, and specialised uses of Italian for marketing and business purposes.
This will help you to develop critical and analytical skills while conducting independent research – skills that you can showcase when you complete an undergraduate dissertation.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
|Beginners Italian 1||20 credits|
|Art and Literature in Medieval and Renaissance Italy: An Introduction||10 credits|
|Beginners Italian 2||20 credits|
|Italy from Fascism to the Present||10 credits|
|Fictions of Fascism (B): Watching the Detectives||10 credits|
|Italian Cinema: An Introduction||10 credits|
|IT for LCS Students||5 credits|
|Italian Language||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|
|Italian Cinema: Genre and Social Change||20 credits|
|Italy: Regions, Identities and Nation||20 credits|
|Linguists into Schools||20 credits|
|Year Abroad in Italy||120 credits|
|Italian Language 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
You’ll benefit from different learning and teaching styles, including lectures, seminars and tutorials, or occasionally workshops.
Independent study will be important throughout your course, since it allows you to develop your research skills and think critically about what you read. The University Library runs training programmes to help you make the most of our library resources.
The most common forms of assessment we use are exams and essays, but in some modules we may also use components such as group work or oral presentations, translations and business reports. Extra classes on issues such as exam technique, public speaking and structuring essays are among the support we’ll offer throughout your time at Leeds.Back to top
Entry requirements, fees and applying
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.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
M1, M1, M1.
34 points overall with 16 at Higher Level.
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
BB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or B in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers, or AABBBB in Highers.
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: 77%
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 BBB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.
We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.
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: BBC at A Level 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 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, 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
A degree in Italian will provide you not only with linguistic fluency, but will also equip you with skills of argument, analysis and effective communication. Employers will particularly value your confidence in different social environments, demonstrated by your year abroad. You’ll also acquire a number of transferable skills, such as teamwork, presentation, written and oral communication, research and critical thinking.
Graduates have plenty of career options as a result, and they’ve gone on to work both in the UK and abroad in a variety of sectors. These include retail, education, IT, marketing and administration, management, international banking, business development and law. Others pursue more traditional careers for language graduates, such as translating, interpreting and teaching, or may move onto postgraduate studies in a variety of areas, ranging from marketing and management to translation and more academic subjects.
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
You’ll 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 undertake a work placement. You could even work as a language assistant in an Italian school under the British Council’s programme.
Whatever you choose to do, you’ll 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, you’ll also return with work experience to increase your appeal to employers. For many of our students, it’s the real highlight of their course.
Read more about Residence Abroad in Italian
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