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French and Italian (BA) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

French and Italian (BA)

French and Italian (BA)



  • UCAS Code
  • RR13
  • Qualification
  • BA
  • Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: AAB
  • IB: 36
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)


French and Italian (BA) is a joint degree which allows you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the language, literature, culture, society and politics of Italy, France and the Francophone world, in both a historical and a contemporary perspective.


This degree gives you the chance to study two major European languages and their cultures. You will take core modules in French and Italian language every year, combining these with a range of literary, cultural, and political options. In French in your first year you will take a core module that develops your existing language skills; in Italian, you will take Modern Italian Language I (at beginners, intermediate, or advanced level). From your second year, alongside your linguistic studies, you will choose from a large selection of non-language modules, designed to extend your knowledge and understanding of the literature, culture, society, and politics of the French- and Italian-speaking worlds, in both a historical and a contemporary perspective. You will consolidate your learning by spending your second or third year abroad.

Enabling you to follow your passion in the Arts, we are awarding Scholarships of £1,000 to home/UK students who achieve AAA+ or equivalent if you start your course in 2020 and you have applied through UCAS, adjustment or clearing.

In your first year, you will take language classes designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of written and spoken French. You will also take the core module The Story of Modern France, where you will examine primary texts from major periods and events in French history, literature, and politics; you will choose one further first-year module in French. You will also study Italian language at the appropriate level alongside one module in Italian culture.

Having acquired foundation skills in your first year, you will go on to develop your language skills on more advanced language modules in the intermediate and final years. You will also be able to explore your own particular interests beyond the languages you’ve chosen. Our modules reflect the research specialism of academics in the French and Italian departments and cover a broad range of subjects in Italian, French, and Francophone culture, society, literature, politics, philosophy, film, and history. Both French and Italian at Warwick offer specialist teaching covering a broad historical range from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the very contemporary.

We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures; seminars of about 15 students, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written and spoken language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading and analysing materials set for study, writing essays and working on your language skills.

Contact hours
12 hours per week (15 hours per week in first year).

Class size
Seminars generally involve around 15 students.

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.

The final degree classification is determined by your intermediate- and final-year marks; each of these years contributes 50%.

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

  • Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school
  • Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country
  • On a work placement

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

A level: AAB to include A Level French

IB: 36 to include 5 in Higher Level French

BTEC: Applicants studying a BTEC qualification(s) alongside A level French will be considered. A typical offer would be to obtain either D in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate and grades A,A in two A levels including French or D* in the BTEC and grades A,B in two A levels including French

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

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).

  • 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.

    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 One
Modern French Language 1

You will deepen your understanding of French grammar and syntax with the help of tutors experienced in facilitating the transition from A-level to university-level competence. You will learn appropriate technical vocabulary and handle complex structures. You will develop the skills required to produce authentic and accurate translations of journalistic material from French to English. Finally, writing in formal French introduces you to the structures and methods used to debate ideas on contemporary issues. You will increase your reading and comprehension skills and develop your ability to exploit texts for vocabulary, idioms, syntax and grammatical structures. Working with a native speaker in small groups, you will discuss topics on contemporary French culture and society, using audio, video and text resources.

The Story of Modern France

Why is modern France obsessed by the past? What are the milestones in the creation of modern France? How have notions of France and Frenchness been shaped through the stories told about them? These are some of the questions you’ll explore through close reading of primary sources from major periods and events in French history. You’ll be guided on your journey by a range of materials, from the cartoons of May 1968 to prints dating back to the French Revolution, and from stories of Charlemagne to films and texts reflecting France’s ongoing preoccupation with its (often controversial) recent past. Equipped with these foundations, you will be well prepared to study further aspects of French and Francophone culture in the later stages of your degree.

Modern Italian Language 1 (at beginners, intermediate or advanced level)

The History of Modern Italy

You will chart the course of cultural, political and social change in Italy over the 20th century, studying key moments in its history, including the rise of fascism, the economic boom of the mid-20th century, and political extremism of the 1970s, through to contemporary issues such as immigration and recent economic and political crises. You will study these events through the lens of literary and cinematic works and gain an understanding of how they have contributed to the nature and identity of contemporary Italy, in order to prepare you for your year abroad. You will also build your competence in textual analysis, independent research and essay-writing.

OR

Introduction to Italian Culture

How should we ‘read’ a literary or visual text? What are the considerations of form, audience and context that enable us to make sense of a cultural product? In what ways should a performance be understood differently from something fixed on the page? You will address these questions by considering four representative avenues of expression in Italian culture, namely cinema, short stories, lyric poetry and theatre-writing. You will refine your skills of analysis and have the opportunity to sample different periods of Italian culture, from the Renaissance through to intellectuals such as Italo Calvino, Primo Levi, and the poet Giacomo Leopardi, representative of the Romantic tradition. You will end your course equipped with the appropriate technical vocabulary to discuss different art forms fluently and in an informed manner.


Intermediate Year^
Modern French Language 2

You will consolidate and develop the productive and receptive language skills you acquired in your first year. By the end of the course, you should have appropriate knowledge of vocabulary and syntactic and grammatical structures to produce written French in two prescribed genres. You will develop your skills in translation to and from French, with a focus on specific translation problems, and increase the accuracy with which you use grammatical structures. In spoken French, you will comprehend and produce structured spoken French on a range of topics of contemporary significance in the context of simulated scenarios.


Modern Italian Language 2

This module will extend and refine your competence in Italian. With an emphasis on the key skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing, you will consolidate your proficiency in both new and familiar grammatical and linguistic structures, and expand the range and sophistication of your vocabulary and use of register in spoken and written discourse. In addition to classroom exercises, advanced discursive written work and oral projects, you will also be directed to appropriate activities for self-study.

OR

Modern Italian Language 3

On this module, you will develop your translation, writing and oral communication skills to advanced level. You will engage in translation as a practical skill, working with native speakers to produce translations of literary, journalistic and academic texts with a focus on conveying nuances of meaning and culturally specific terms. You will develop greater fluency in different writing styles and genres. Oral sessions will increase your familiarity with more sophisticated registers of spoken Italian and raise your awareness of recent developments in Italian society so that you can discuss aspects of contemporary Italy in relation to your personal experiences.


Optional Modules

Intermediate year French modules

Intermediate year Italian modules

Intermediate year cross-school modules


Final Year
Modern French Language 3

You will consolidate and develop your ability to write and speak confidently and at a level of intellectual sophistication in correct French. By the end of the course, you should be able to produce a structured written argument on a topic related to your intellectual interests or of cultural concern, in French that is grammatically correct, idiomatic, varied in vocabulary and grammatical structure, and in an appropriate register. You should be able to translate from French to English and English to French accurately, using your detailed knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and idiom, and employing an appropriate register. You will strengthen your skills in pronunciation and intonation and demonstrate these through fluent oral presentation and discussion of an intellectually serious topic.

Modern Italian Language 4

Building on Intermediate year language, you will deepen your writing, speaking and translation skills, paying particular attention to register and style and learning some of the underpinning translation theory. We approach translation not just as a linguistic exercise but as a practical skill, so you will work with first-language Italian speakers to produce translations of literary, journalistic and academic texts, and explore techniques for conveying semantic nuances, culturally specific terms and more sophisticated registers of spoken Italian. Both the writing and oral components of the course will raise your awareness of recent developments in Italian society and enable you to discuss relevant aspects of contemporary Italy in relation to your personal experience.

Optional Modules

Final year French modules

Final year Italian modules

Final year cross-school modules

^Year Two or Three depending on when the year abroad is taken

Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Amazon, British Airways, Civil Service, Grayce Consulting, HM Revenue and Customs, HSBC, Ipsos Mori, Lidl, NBC Universal, Save the Children International and The Department for International Trade.

They have pursued careers such as: business and financial project management professionals; chartered and certified accountants; financial accounts managers; human resources and industrial relations officers; management consultants and business analysts; public services associate professionals, teachers and other educational professionals.

Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who works within Student Careers and Skills to help you as an individual. Additionally your Senior Careers Consultant offers impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events, tailored to our department, throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • What are you doing after Warwick? Career planning for final year language students
  • Careers in the Public Sector
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Completing effective CVs and Application Forms for students from the School of Modern Languages
  • Reflecting on Your Year Abroad
  • Languages Alumni Evening

Find out more about our Careers & Skills here.

A level: AAB to include A Level French

IB: 36 to include 5 in Higher Level French

BTEC: Applicants studying a BTEC qualification(s) alongside A level French will be considered. A typical offer would be to obtain either D in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate and grades A,A in two A levels including French or D* in the BTEC and grades A,B in two A levels including French

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

Arts Excellence Scholarship 2020
£1,000 to home/UK students who achieve AAA+ or equivalent for this course.

UCAS code
RR13

Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department
School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Duration
4 years full-time, including a year abroad

Start date
28 September 2020

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

This information is applicable for 2020 entry.

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.

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