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  • Overview

    Rich in cultural heritage, Italy is a leading world economy. This degree allows you to become fluent in Italian and acquire an in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of this vibrant country.

    If you have an A-level in Italian, core modules will enable you to improve 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 contemporary literature, linguistic varieties, cinema, material culture and Italian for business. You’ll also 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.

    Specialist facilities

    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.

  • Course content

    This course will introduce you to Italian at an advanced level and is aimed at those with A-level Italian or equivalent. A placement test is available if you’re not sure whether this is right for you. If you haven’t studied the language before, you may want to apply for our beginner-level course, BA Italian B.

    You’ll build on your Italian language skills through core modules 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. As advanced-level students, you’ll also be able to choose from a range of more general options, covering topics such as approaches to audio-visual culture and world histories that go beyond the boundaries of Italian.

    Through all of these modules you’ll enhance your language skills and cultural awareness to prepare you for 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.

    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

    • Italian Language 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
    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits

    Optional modules

    • Introduction to Audio-Visual Culture 20 credits
    • Language: Structure and Sound 20 credits
    • World Histories 20 credits
    • Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application 20 credits
    • Politics, Culture and Society 20 credits
    • Worlds of Literature 20 credits
    • Discourse, Culture and Identity 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Italian Language 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • 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 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad in Italy 120 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Italian Language 3 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • 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

    For more information on typical modules, read Italian A 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

    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, 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.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: ABB including B in Italian.

    • 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

      M1, M1, M1 including Italian.

    • International Baccalaureate

      34 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in Italian at Higher Level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 including H3 in Italian

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      BB in Advanced Highers including Italian and AABBB in Highers, or B in Italian in Advanced Highers and AAABB 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: 77% including 80% in Italian.

    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 BBB at A Level including Italian 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: BBC at A Level including B in Italian 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.

    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 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 have 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.

    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 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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