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English and Italian (BA) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

English and Italian is a degree with a strong and distinctive comparative approach. This degree has been specially designed for those who wish to begin or pursue a study of Italian language and culture while continuing to study the English tradition, as well as exploring interactions between the two.

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A challenging but exhilarating degree programme, this course is aimed at students who wish to unite linguistic proficiency with sophisticated literary and cultural analysis. There is a core Italian language module in every year of study and, in your first year, core modules will also introduce you to Italian literature
and culture, English literature and comparative literature. In your final year, you can choose to write a dissertation on comparative Italian and English
literature. You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.

Throughout your degree you will study Italian language at an appropriate level. Optional modules range from studying contemporary Italian culture to comparative literature modules. You will spend either the second or third year of your course abroad in Italy.

We employ a variety of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars (in which the emphasis is on student participation) and written and spoken language classes. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading or watching primary texts, engaging with secondary sources, writing essays and working on your language skills.

Class sizes

Seminars approx 15; oral classes 8-10.

Contact hours

Around 10-12 hours of teaching per week.

Italian Language modules are usually assessed by 100% examination. Cultural modules in Italian are either assessed fully by coursework or offer a choice of 50% coursework, 50% examination.

The first year does not count towards the final mark. The intermediate and final year are equally weighted.

Second or third year abroad is normally spent studying at an Italian university, working alongside Italian staff and students, improving your knowledge and understanding of the country and culture which you have chosen to study. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant (year 3 only), or to set up an independent work placement.

You will spend your year abroad doing one of three things:

1. Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school

2. Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country

3. On a work placement

The most popular option is to work as a language assistant teaching English since the posts are reasonably well-paid and they help you integrate into the community fairly quickly. Most students apply through the British Council's English Language Assistant scheme during the first term of their second year at Warwick.

The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the individual subject pages for more details.

Entry requirements

A level: AAB to include English Literature and a modern or classical language

IB: 36 to include 5 at Higher Level in English Literature and 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language

    • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

    • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units, and grade A in A level Mathematics or equivalent.
    • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
    • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
    • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

      Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference. We are considering innovative ways to broaden how we assess candidates, so you are advised to check our website prior to applying in case we have introduced any changes.

      Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Modern Italian Language 1 (at beginners, intermediate or advanced level)
  • The History of Modern Italy or Introduction to Italian Culture
  • Modes of Reading

One option in English:

  • Epic into Novel
  • Medieval to Renaissance English Literature
  • Modern World Literatures
Intermediate Year
  • Modern Italian Language 2 (pre year abroad) or 3 (post year abroad)
Final Year
  • Modern Italian Language 4
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
  • Introducing Dante’s Hell
  • Medieval and Renaissance Short Fiction in Italy and England
  • Modern Italian Culture in Dialogue with Europe
  • Italian Cinema: Envisioning the Nation
  • Renaissance Rivalries: Power, Magic, and Language
  • Short Stories and Storytelling (17th-21st centuries)
  • Italian Women’s Writing: Voices of Protest
  • Italian Cinema: Individual Perspectives
  • English and German
  • Romanticism US Writing and Culture, 1780-1920
  • Romantic and Victorian Poetry
  • Screenwriting
  • Chaucer
  • Devolutionary British Fiction
  • Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of his Time
  • Crime Fiction
  • States of Damage: Twenty-First Century US Writing and Culture
  • Russian Narratives
  • Queering the Literary Landscape: LGBTQ+ Literature and Culture in the Contemporary World
  • Small Press Publishing: History, Theory, Practice
  • Restoration Drama
  • Writing Out Loud: Slam, Spoken Word, and Performance Poetics

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: France 24 TV, American Express, Apple, The Lonely Planet, HSBC Private Bank, Next plc.

Examples of graduates’ job roles include: Assistant Producer, Fraud Investigator, Translator, Assistant to the Governor of the Banca Italia, International Marketing Assistant, International Graduate.

Entry Requirements

A level: AAB to include English Literature and a modern or classical language

IB: 36 to include 5 at Higher Level in English Literature and 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full-time, including a year abroad

Start Date

September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry. Overseas study at a partner institution in Italy.

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs

The course of textbooks may vary. Students should expect to spend around £120 per year on language textbooks and core texts.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

  • Italian and Classics
  • Italian and Economics
  • Italian and Linguistics
  • Italian and Hitory of Art