Modern Languages

We are renowned for our research and our welcoming yet rigorous academic atmosphere.

Course TitleUCAS CodeDurationTypical Offer
BA European Studies RL99 Four years full-time ABB
BA French and Italian RR13 Four years full-time ABB
BA French and Spanish RR14 Four years full-time ABB
BA Italian and Spanish RR34 Four years full-time ABB
BA Modern Language Studies T901 Four years full-time ABB
BA Modern Languages with Management R9NF Four years full-time  ABB 
BA Languages with Management and English as a Foreign Language  R9NG  Four years full-time  ABB 
BA Modern Languages with Film Studies  R8P3  Four years full-time  ABB 
BA French and English  RQ13  Four years full-time  ABB 
BA Italian and English  RQ33  Four years full-time  ABB 
BA Spanish and English  RQ43  Four years full-time  ABB 
BA Translation and Interpreting 2Q00 Three years full-time, or four years with placement ABB
BA Modern Languages and Translation 16Q9 Four years full-time ABB
BA Modern Languages with Translation 7Q19 Four years full-time ABB
BA International Communication and Culture 9Q83 Three years full-time, or four years with placement ABB
LLB Law with a Modern Language
Four years full-time with a year abroad
AAB (to include a modern language)

Full entry requirements

Modern Languages at Leicester

The School of Modern Languages at Leicester offers French, Italian and Spanish, and Translation Studies (as of 2013-14), as well as combined programmes with a wide range of other academic disciplines. These include Joint Honours, Honours degrees with two or three languages, or a combination of one or two languages with an additional subject such as Politics (European Studies), Management, Management and English as a Foreign Language, and Film Studies or History of Art. While all our programmes normally last four years (including a year abroad), there is also the possibility of completing them in three years in exceptional circumstances. French, Italian and Spanish can all be studied from Beginner’s or Advanced level.

Why study at Leicester?

Position in 2013 Subject League Tables: Guardian 4th, Independent 9th.
Example Jobs: Consultant at a Public Relations Company, Interpreter at a Multinational Organisation, Chartered Accountant, TV Researcher, Customer Service and Sales Agent; European Accounts; Fraud Investigation Specialist, Graduate Management Trainee; Language Specialist; Learning Support Officer; Library Customer Adviser, Project Manager; Teacher; Teaching Assistant; Translation Coordinator.
Example Employers: Amazon; Ancyra Health Ltd; Balfour Beatty Workplace; Bombardier Transportation Limited; East Midlands Health Innovation and Education Cluster; Emirates Airline Contact Centre; Leicestershire LEA, Pharmaquest; P and L Systems; Worcestershire County Council.
Example Postgraduate Courses: Graduate Diploma in Law/Common Professional Examination; MA Human Rights and Global Ethics; MA Interpreting; MA Translation and Interpreting Studies; MSc International Business; PGCE (postgraduate teacher training) Secondary Modern Languages; Postgraduate Diploma in Education; Professional Graduate Diploma in Education.
Example jobs and employers information comes from the University’s ‘Where Did They Go?’ survey, and shows destinations of 2010/11 graduates six months after graduation.

Full entry requirements

The modules on offer at Leicester embrace both core language classes, with an important emphasis on communication and presentation skills, and a wide variety of cultural areas. Our staff includes a high proportion of native speakers. Teaching is research-led and informed by expertise spanning across a range of cultural studies disciplines and areas in language studies. The School is particularly strong in the visual arts, including art and film, as well as literature from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century. Other primary specialisms include translation, interpreting, linguistics, gender studies and post-colonial studies. The combination of these research specialisations ensures a comprehensive range of high-quality teaching.

Modern Languages at Leicester has an excellent track-record of student satisfaction. French at Leicester was voted top in the country in the 2011 National Student Survey, which measures student satisfaction. Spanish came top nationally in 2009. We are also consistently highly ranked in National League Tables – we were placed 4th in the 2013 Guardian University Guide and 9th in the Independent (Complete University Guide). Our small-scale teaching consistently ensures a high-standard learning experience.

Course Opportunities

Living and studying abroad: Summer schools

The School of Modern Languages at Leicester is unique in offering its first-year students the opportunity to attend a Summer School abroad in one of the countries of their target language(s). The Summer Schools are fully funded by the University and offer invaluable experience in terms of linguistic and cultural immersion, as well as essential preparation for the year abroad. The Summer Schools take place in Montpellier (France), Massa Marittima (Italy) and Santiago de Compostela (Spain). You will usually live with local host families to ensure full immersion in the target language and culture. The School of Modern Languages organises all practical arrangements and you are usually accompanied by a member of academic staff for the first week of the trip.

Living and studying abroad: the year abroad

As another essential component of your learning experience, you spend the third year of your course either studying or working abroad. The year abroad offers you the opportunity to develop not only your language skills but also your social and cultural awareness. Our students find studying and living abroad an invaluable experience both academically and personally. Most students split their time between two countries.

Study abroad: You can study at partner universities in different countries in Europe, North America and Latin America where we provide a substantial range of university links. These include (in France) Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon, (in Switzerland) Geneva, (in Belgium) Louvain-la-Neuve and Liège, (in Spain) Salamanca, Granada, (in Italy) Bologna, Padua, as well as different destinations in Quebec, Mexico and Colombia. Our great variety of university links facilitates linguistic and cultural immersion and maximises opportunities to learn about linguistic and cultural differences throughout the world. If you study two foreign languages you usually split your year abroad between two countries. If you study at a university under the Erasmus scheme, you will receive an Erasmus grant (€370 per month in 2012/13). You continue to receive practical and academic support from the School during your time away through contact with a year abroad tutor.

Teach or work abroad*: In addition to university study placements, the year abroad also offers you the possibility to gain experience as a language teaching assistant in a country of your choice or to develop professional skills through a work placement relevant to your course. It is possible to take up a teaching or work placement for one or for two semesters.

*Particular regulations may apply for the BA Modern Languages with Management and English as a Foreign Language and the BA Translation and Interpreting.

Teaching and Assessment

Language skills are taught in small groups, predominantly by native speakers. Our courses stress the importance of communicative ability as well as linguistic accuracy, and oral skills are highly valued.

Cultural studies modules are taught through a mixture of lectures and seminars, which encourage discussion and debate around prepared topics and texts.
The use of online tutorials and exercises on Blackboard, the University’s virtual learning environment, allows us to include interactive training in our courses and to facilitate learning in specific areas such as essay writing and grammatical terminology.

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


We have state-of-the-art language laboratories which allow you to learn through interaction with a range of visual and aural materials from broadcast and internet sources. Alongside this, the Modern Languages Study Centre (MLSC) provides an open access space available only to Modern Languages students for self-study time and is equipped with PCs, printing facilities, TVs with satellite channels, DVD players, a selection of language learning materials including dictionaries, magazines, current newspapers, novels in French, Spanish and Italian, and other language-learning resources such as guides to pronunciation, phonetics, listening skills practice and grammar reference books.

Different Courses offered within the School

Our courses are for you if are you are enthusiastic about exploring foreign languages and cultures and you aspire to become proficient in one or more modern languages, possibly in combination with additional subjects in specific areas of interest. Our degrees offer you a solid qualification for working in a variety of social, political, business and educational sectors where foreign language and communication skills represent a distinct competitive advantage. We offer Honours degree programmes in two or three subject combinations.

  • Joint Degrees include any two languages offered within the School. In addition we offer joint degrees in French, Italian or Spanish and English, taught in collaboration with the School of English.
  • Modern Languages with Management is offered jointly with the School of Management at the University of Leicester, as is the Modern Languages with Management and English as a Foreign Language degree. The latter programme also comprises classes within the English Language Teaching Unit aimed at the enhancement of skills in the use of academic English.
  • Further inter-departmental study is available through Modern Languages with Film Studies.
  • Languages are also offered as part of the BA in European Studies, taught jointly by the School of Modern Languages and the Department of Politics.
  • The degree in Modern Language Studies offers you the possibility to study three languages (or two languages and another subject) for the first two year before specialising in two languages in the final year.

Skills Gained

Acquiring high-level language proficiency alongside interpersonal and intercultural skills, our graduates are autonomous, resourceful and adaptable, hence demonstrating qualities which are vital for the modern workplace. Modern Languages graduates are enterprising, skilled communicators in both English and their foreign languages; they possess analytical, research, writing and presentation skills, and are therefore fully equipped to work in a great range of work environments in the UK, Europe, and beyond.

Graduate Opportunities

In this globalised world, in which 75% of the world’s population does not speak English as its first language and where so many organisations have an international scope, the linguistic proficiency and global outlook of Modern Languages graduates gives them a vital edge.

Graduates in Modern Languages from the University of Leicester have excellent employment prospects, as confirmed in recent league table rankings for graduate employment. French and Spanish take the top spot for “Graduate Prospects” in the Complete University Guide 2013 with Italian holding a strong joint second position nationally. Many of our graduates enter competitive fields such as industry, business, marketing and PR, as well as the professions and the arts.

In order to support our students’ plans for a future beyond university we provide a consistent programme of career-oriented activities in close collaboration with the University Careers Development Service and offer the opportunity to undertake a Certificate in Employability and Career Management on a voluntary basis. A substantial number of graduates each year go into postgraduate training, or enter the teaching profession. Others proceed to further study on Masters and PhD programmes. The School of Modern Languages offers different postgraduate programmes, including an internationally renowned Masters in Translation and a Masters in Film and Film Cultures.

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