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Liberal Arts (International Language) BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    This exciting and challenging interdisciplinary degree offers flexibility, with intellectual depth and intellectual diversity.

    You choose a “major” in a modern Language, examples include French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. This strand of the course gives you intellectual depth.

    You also take a bundle of modules from three out of seven broadly defined Topic areas: Literature and the Visual Arts; Society and Politics; Theatre and Performance, Theatre and Music; the Digital World; Living Histories and Heritage; Learning a Language; and Ethics, Science and Religion. This strand of the course enables you to follow your interests across a wide range of subject areas, and teaches you skills of cross-disciplinary inquiry.

    The BA Liberal Arts also provides extended opportunities for engagement with external partners such as businesses, museums and charities. It is a fantastic opportunity to combine intellectual rigour with wide-ranging skills of the kind that employers prize.

    Specialist facilities

    The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections– valuable assets for your independent research. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

    Our fully equipped Language Centre, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). You can use our Electronic Resource Information Centre, which features specialised computing facilities for translation studies, and Interpreter Training Suites offering you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.

  • Course content

    In your first year you’ll spend a third of your time being introduced to the key concepts, approaches and methods of your “major”, which you can choose from a broad range of modern languages. In addition, you choose optional modules from three of seven broadly defined topic areas, and you take a core module on the Liberal Arts approach that gives you a training in the skills of cross-disciplinary enquiry and teaches you how to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.

    Read more about Liberal Arts majors

    Read more about Liberal Arts topics

    You’ll build on this foundation in the following year, when half of the modules you study are in your major subject. You’ll then choose modules from two of the seven topic strands, usually related to your earlier choices, and you’ll undertake a research placement which includes the option of working with external organisations.

    The critical, analytical and research skills you acquire during the degree will be highly developed by the final year. You’ll showcase them when you undertake an independent research project, using your interdisciplinary skills to explore a question of your choice. You’ll also take a module in your chosen topic, and give half of your time to your major.

    You will spend your third year abroad, in a country where the language for your major is spoken. You will gain first-hand experience of life in another culture.

    After the fourth year, you can choose to spend another year at Leeds to complete the Integrated MA in Liberal Arts, combining an independent project with advanced study in your major and one topic area.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Follow the link to the Programme Catalogue to see examples of modules you could study.

    Compulsory modules

    • Introducing Liberal Arts 20 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Whose Past and Which Future? Exploring Living Histories and Heritage Today 20 credits
    • Vision and Narrative: Literature and the Visual Arts 20 credits
    • Exploring the Digital World 20 credits
    • Performance, Theatre and Music: interdisciplinary approaches 20 credits
    • Visions of Humanity: Philosophical, Religious and Scientific Perspectives 20 credits
    • Politics and Social Transformation 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Research Placement 20 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • The Museum 20 credits
    • Heritage and History 1: Whose Heritage? 20 credits
    • The Digital Professional 20 credits
    • Aesthetics and Criticism 20 credits
    • Ethics of Life and Death 10 credits
    • Justice, Community and Conflict 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad 120 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Independent Research Project in Liberal Arts 40 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Citizen Media 20 credits
    • AutobioGraphics 20 credits
    • Yours Sincerely 20 credits
    • Beyond the Book: An Introduction to the Digital Humanities 20 credits
    • Contested Cities 20 credits
    • Advanced Creative Writing Project 20 credits
    • Managing Innovation and Technology 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Liberal Arts (International Language) 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. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    We use a wide range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.

    Independent study is also a vital part of this degree, since it allows you to form and test your own ideas while developing your skills in research, interpretation and analysis.

    Assessment

    We also use varied types of assessment, including exams, essays, presentations and group work. Support will be on hand throughout your time at Leeds – for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on exam technique and public speaking.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAA excluding General Studies and 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 be required.

    • BTEC

      BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, D3, M1.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall with 17 at Higher Level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AA in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or A in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers, or AAAAAA 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: 85%


    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    When 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 AAB at A Level (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) 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: ABB (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.

    International

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate 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.

    Major subjects

    When applying to the BA Liberal Arts programme, please indicate your preferred Major subject using the free format field on the UCAS form. Because there are restrictions on the number of characters you can use, please refer to the table listed on the Liberal Arts website for details of the keywords to use to record your choice of Major.

    Admissions policy

    School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    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 Liberal Arts degree is varied and challenging. It equips you with impressively broad subject knowledge as well as transferable skills that are valued by all kinds of employers. Through your programme, you have the option to work with partners external to the University, so you can make connections between your studies and the world beyond the classroom.

    You’ll be an excellent communicator who can present and defend your views clearly, and you’ll be comfortable working independently or as a team. You’ll also have strong research skills and highly developed skills of analysis and interpretation.

    All of these qualities are attractive to employers, and our graduates have gone on to succeed in areas such as politics, management, the civil service, journalism, the media, education and the charity sector. Many have also pursued postgraduate study.

    We do everything we can to support your career ambitions. Our students particularly benefit from our “directors’ teas” – small seminars which give you the chance to meet and learn from entrepreneurs in the world of business, charities or elsewhere in the third 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

    Residency abroad

    You’ll spend your third year abroad, in a country where the language of your major is spoken.

    Depending on the language you choose, you may spend the full year study at one of our partner universities worldwide. In some languages, you may have the option to do this or to undertake a work placement, or work as an English language assistant at a school.

    Find out more about Residence Abroad in your language