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French and Italian B BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    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.

    Specialist facilities

    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.

  • Course content

    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.

    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

    • 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

    Optional modules

    • 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

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Language in Contexts 15 credits
    • Term Abroad 30 credits
    • Italian Language 15 credits

    Optional modules

    • 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 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad in Italy 120 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Language Skills 20 credits
    • Italian Language 3 20 credits
    • Final Year Project

    Optional modules

    • 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

    For more information on typical modules, read French and Italian B 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 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.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    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.

    • BTEC

      We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, M1, M1 including D3 in French.

    • International Baccalaureate

      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.

    • 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: 80% including 85% in French.

    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 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.

    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: 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.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    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


    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, 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.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    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.

  • Career opportunities

    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.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s 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.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Residence abroad

    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