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University of Leicester

Italian and English

UCAS Code: RQ33

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Including English (Language, Literature or combined) and Italian. Applicants who choose Beginner’s Level Italian, an A-Level in a foreign language is required.

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3. To include 12 credits at Distinction in English Level 3 Modules. Plus A-Level (or equivalent) in Italian. Applicants who choose Beginner’s Level Italian, an A-Level (or equivalent) in a foreign language is required. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information and eligibility: ahladmissions@le.ac.uk

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2

Including English and Italian.

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Including 6 in Higher Level English and Italian. Applicants who choose Beginner’s Level Italian, a Higher Level in a foreign language is required.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2,H3

Including English and Italian.

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Plus A-Level (or equivalent) in English and Italian. Applicants who choose Beginner’s Level Italian, an A-Level (or equivalent) in a foreign language is required.

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

Including English and Italian. Applicants who choose Beginner’s Level Italian, an Advanced Higher in a foreign language is required.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

Including English and Italian. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information and eligibility: ahladmissions@le.ac.uk

Accepted in place of a third A-Level at grade B or above.

UCAS Tariff

128-152

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

100%
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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

English studies

Italian studies

What was Italy like under fascism? How has Italian film changed throughout history? On this degree, you’ll hone your languages skills and deepen your knowledge of Italian cultures, and further explore your love for English literature and critical thought.

Modules

In first year, you will divide your time equally between Italian and English throughout your degree. You can study Italian at either Advanced or Beginner Level. You will also study historical, modern and contemporary Italy, and be introduced to different authors and genres through a variety of modules. In English you will study the development of a major genre (the novel), explore the history of the English Language, and hone your close-reading skills in poetry and prose. An additional feature of the degree is the Summer School during the summer vacation at the end of the first year, consisting of a three-week course in the country of your chosen language. The Summer School is fully funded by the University. In your second year, you will continue to build your understanding of Italian, you will be able to choose from a variety of cultural, linguistic and literary modules. In year three, you will have the chance to spend a year abroad. It will give you the chance to study or work in Italy. Alternatively, you can apply to spend a year working as a British Council language-teaching assistant or on some other work placement of your choice, subject to approval. It is even possible to split the year between study abroad and work placement, giving you the best of both worlds. However, it is possible, in exceptional cases, to complete this degree in three years, without a year abroad. Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester; please see our website for further details. In final year, you will continue to develop your Italian, with advanced language tuition to help you build your written and spoken skills. In addition, you will have a choice of options that allow you to specialise in areas such as film, popular culture, contemporary literature, historical and social issues, and specialist aspects of language, allowing you to focus on the topics that interest you most. For further details, please see the course page on the University website.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed throughout each year by a combination of continuous assessment, seminar presentations, essays, and formal exams at the end of each semester. While final year work is most heavily weighted in determining the degree class, your achievements during your second year and your year abroad are also taken into account.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leicester

Department:

School of Modern Languages

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
low
English studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

English studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

75%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

Italian studies

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

English studies (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,472
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Customer service occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

English is one of the most popular degree subjects and in 2015, more than 11,000 students graduated with English degrees - although this does represent a fall from recent years. As good communication is so important to modern business, you can find English graduates in all parts of the economy, although obviously, you can't expect to get a job in science or engineering (computing is a different matter - it's not common but good language skills can be useful in the computing industry). There's little difference in outcomes between English language and English literature degrees, so don't worry and choose the one that suits you best. More English grads took another postgraduate course when they finished their degree than grads from any other subject - this is an important option. Teacher training was a common choice of second degree, as was further study of English, and journalism courses. But many English graduates changed course and trained in law, marketing or other languages -or even subjects further afield such as computing, psychology and even nursing. This is a very flexible degree which gives you a lot of options

Italian studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Teaching and educational professionals
14%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is one of the less common modern languages for students to take, but graduates from Italian courses have a lot of options available to them when they complete their degrees. About one in five graduates from 2015 got jobs overseas — often as English teachers — which is much higher than for most subjects, and higher than previous years. Nearly half of the rest went to work in London. Those who want to stay at home to work usually find jobs anywhere where good communication skills are a must — and in 2015, that included education, marketing and finance. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

English studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Italian studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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