What will I learn?
This course allows you to study the language, culture, politics and history of one of Europe's most ancient civilisations in all its variety and range, offering specialist teaching from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to today's multicultural Italy. You will develop high-level skills in language, communication, critical thinking and analysis.
In your first year you will study Italian language at beginner's, intermediate or advanced level, building up skills in written and spoken Italian. You will also take modules focusing on modern Italian political history or the development of literary and cinematic expression from the Renaissance to the present. Your second year is usually spent abroad taking courses at one of our 20 partner universities across Italy (including Turin, Genoa, Bologna, Siena, Rome). As part of your year abroad, you will attend a funded residential course in Venice at our Italian base, the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava.
In your final two years, you will continue your study of Italian language. You will work in a truly bilingual environment, often sharing classes with Italian native speakers who join us from our partner universities in Italy. You will also choose from a broad variety of literary, historical, and cultural modules, taught by leading experts. Examples include Dante, the Italian Renaissance, political thought, the development of Italian and English short fiction, nineteenth-century poetry, Italian cinema, contemporary women's writing, Italian migration, applied linguistics and history of the Italian language.
On the Italian and Linguistics course you will study 50% Italian and 50% Linguistics. After beginning the course, you may be able to transfer to Italian with Linguistics, which would enable you to study 75% Italian and 25% Linguistics.
Linguistics is the study of how language works. In the first year you will learn how language is structured (syntax), how we use it to construct meaning (semantics), how context contributes to meaning (pragmatics) and the part that sounds and sound patterns play (phonetics and phonology). You will have the chance to explore examples from different cultural, historical and linguistic contexts and to develop practical analytical skills.
If you choose to spend half of your time on Linguistics, in the first year you will also study a module on Language in Society. This will give you an insight into the relationship between language, culture and identity and you will study issues related to language and media, politics and education.
In your second year you will focus on developing further your skills and knowledge about language and the tools which enable you to collect data about language use. If you choose to spend 50% of your time on Linguistics, you will also develop further your knowledge of the social contexts of language, on how we acquire language and you will learn about cultural differences and intercultural communication in international professional contexts.
In the final year you can develop a research project and /or have the opportunity to study option modules that match your own interests.
Find out more on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.
How will I learn?
Teaching approaches depend on the kind of material to be covered, but will usually involve a combination of lectures, seminars, lab-based language classes and reading groups. Language learning relies heavily on small group teaching by core staff, native speakers and government-sponsored lectors. You can expect around 10-12 hours of teaching per week. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, writing essays and working on your language skills.
How will I be assessed?
We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and
examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
You will normally spend either the second or third year of your course abroad. You will experience life in Italy at first hand through study abroad at one of our 20 partner universities, while developing high-level language, communication and intercultural skills. You will be taught by leading experts in the field of Italian culture, both past and present.
A level AAB including a foreign or classical language
International Baccalaureate: 36 points including 5 in Higher Level in a foreign or classical language.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
All candidates must offer A Level or Higher Level qualifications in a modern foreign language.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews We do not normally interview candidates for any of our degree courses but may do so if we receive an application from someone with 'non-standard' qualifications.
Department offer holder days Candidates will be invited to one of four departmental offer-holder Open Days once they have been offered a place. Open Days take place during the spring term.
Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
We offer a wide variety of modules exploring Italian language, culture, society and history, as well as Linguistics.
More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.
*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
Recent graduate destinations include:
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FRENCH STUDIES AND LINGUISTICS (R1Q1)
GERMAN STUDIES AND LINGUISTICS (R2Q1)
HISPANIC STUDIES AND LINGUISTICS (R4Q1)
MODERN LANGUAGES AND LINGUISTICS (R9Q1)
ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS (Q311)
LINGUISTICS WITH ARABIC STUDIES (Q2T6)
LINGUISTICS WITH CHINESE STUDIES (Q2T1)
LINGUISTICS WITH FRENCH STUDIES (Q2R1)
LINGUISTICS WITH GERMAN STUDIES (Q2R2)
LINGUISTICS WITH ITALIAN STUDIES (Q2R3)
LINGUISTICS WITH HISPANIC STUDIES (Q2R4)
LINGUISTICS WITH JAPANESE STUDIES (Q2T2)
LINGUISTICS WITH PORTUGUESE STUDIES (Q2R5)
LINGUISTICS WITH RUSSIAN STUDIES (Q2R7)
ITALIAN R300 BA/Ital
ITALIAN WITH FRENCH R3R1 BA/ItwFr
ITALIAN WITH GERMAN R3R2 BA/ItwGe
ITALIAN WITH SPANISH R3R4 BA/ItwSp
ITALIAN STUDIES WITH PORTUGESE R3R5
ITALIAN STUDIES WITH RUSSIAN R3R7
ITALIAN STUDIES WITH CHINESE R3T1
ITALIAN STUDIES WITH JAPANESE R3T2
ITALIAN STUDIES WITH ARABIC R3T6
ITALIAN STUDIES AND ECONOMICS R3L2
ITALIAN WITH THEATRE STUDIES R3W4 BA/ItThS4
ITALIAN WITH FILM STUDIES R3W6 BA/ItFS4
ENGLISH AND ITALIAN LITERATURE QR33 BA/EIL4
FRENCH AND ITALIAN STUDIES RR13 BA/FrIt
GERMAN STUDIES AND ITALIAN RR23 BA/GeIt
HISTORY AND ITALIAN VR13 BA/HI
ITALIAN AND CLASSICS RQ38 BA/ItalC
ITALIAN AND HISTORY OF ART RV33 BA/ItalHA
FRENCH STUDIES WITH ITALIAN R1R3 BA/FrwIt
GERMAN WITH ITALIAN R2R3 BA/GewIt
HISTORY OF ART WITH ITALIAN V3R3 BA/HAwIt
HISPANIC STUDIES AND ITALIAN RR43 BA/HSIt
HISPANIC STUDIES WITH ITALIAN RR4H BA/HSwIt
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS WITH ITALIAN N1R3 BSc
POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND ITALIAN (M165)
A level: AAB, including a modern or classical language
IB: 36 points, including 5 at Higher Level in any modern or classical language
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.
For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
This information is applicable for 2018 entry.