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French and Italian (BA) (Full-Time, 2021 Entry)


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full-time, normally including a year abroad

Start Date
27 September 2021

Department of Study
School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Location of Study
University of Warwick

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

Course overview

You will take core modules in French and Italian language every year, combining these with a range of literary, cultural and political options. After your first year, you will choose from a large selection of specialist cultural modules, designed to extend your knowledge and understanding of the literature, culture, society and politics of the French-speaking and the Italian-speaking worlds. Ideally you’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.

Course structure

Each year you take four modules: one in each of your chosen languages, and one module on a cultural or literary topic from each language department. Core modules that focus on aspects of Francophone and Italian culture, society, literature, film and history in your first year feed into a range of themed options in the following years. Chronological coverage extends from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the present.

How will I learn?

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.

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.

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

Your year abroad

We strongly recommend that students take a year abroad, if they are able to. Students may move to a three-year degree if circumstances do not permit them to complete a year abroad. In such cases, there will be further language reinforcement work and students will be encouraged to spend time abroad in other ways, during vacation times.

You will usually 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.

General entry requirements

A level:

  • AAB to include A level French


  • 36 to include 5 in Higher Level French


  • We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside A level French

    Additional requirements:

    You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

    International Students

    We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

    Find out more about international entry 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).

    Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.

    Taking a gap year

    Applications for deferred entry welcomed.


    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.

    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)

    An Italian Cultural Module:
    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.


    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.


    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 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.

    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 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.

    Examples of optional modules/options for current students:

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

    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 or study abroad will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

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    Your career

    Graduates from Modern Language 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
    • 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 to support you. They offer impartial advice and guidance, together with workshops and events 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 careers support at Warwick.

    Isabella, current student

    "Friendly and easy to talk to"

    "The department is incredible, they’re always on hand to help me whether it was with my year abroad queries or just general language-related issues. The best thing about them is that they’re really friendly and easy to talk to."


    BA Modern Languages

    "My favourite module so far is France and the Right, from Dreyfus Affair to Le Pen, mainly because I love looking at French politics. You also get to interact with different source materials such as songs, videos and pamphlets which makes it really interesting, and for the assessment in the module I’m able to write an essay with my own title."


    BA English and French

    Why did you choose to study languages at Warwick?

    "It wasn't that much of a choice in the sense that it was my clearing option, but I looked at the course that was on offer compared to other clearing options that was available to me and Warwick just seemed to be the best option in terms of teaching and how its assessed and module choice as well. I was just like, actually, this is where I want to be."

    How did you find the transition from A level to University?

    "Everyone says that the transition from A level to University is really scary, but I actually found that the teachers at Warwick made it really easy in terms of grammar when we came in they were just like, right, we want to make sure you're familiar with this and then we're going to throw this in the mix as well, just to see how you cope."

    What has been your favourite module so far?

    "My favourite module has to be the one I'm currently doing, which is France and the Right, from Dreyfus Affair to Le mainly because I just love French politics, but also you get to see the history of it and interact with different source materials. Like we've looked at songs, we've looked at videos, we've looked at pamphlets, you know, it's really interesting and um, in terms of assessment, I'm able to write an essay with my own title. So I'm actually researching some really interesting stuff for them, and for that, I say that just get me really excited."

    Why study cultural modules whilst learning a language?

    "A cultural module is definitely help with language modules in the sense that you learn the reasons behind certain language choices. Like for example, when you're looking at newspaper translations, whatever like that, you might find that leftist papers more likely to refer to ‘the Republic’ and ‘Marianne’ and things like that. And you need to know, hold on, what are these things? And that's where the culture modules come in. They sort of tell you what you need for the translations."

    What do you like most about being part of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures?

    "I have to say the best thing about the School of Modern Languages and Cultures is the people, like the staff are so friendly, they make you feel really welcome. If you have a problem, then someone will say “these are my office hours, come see me”. If you've been talking to them about a particular bit of research and you pass them in the corridor, they re-initiate the conversation."

    What is the teaching in the school like?

    "Teaching and learning is really interesting in the sense that it's not so much, “I am the teacher I’m going to tell you this”. It's more like, “I am the teacher, what do you think about this?” And then it opens it up to a whole avenue of discussions."

    What are your plans after University?

    "After university I'm probably hoping to do postgrad and then probably a PhD, because I kind of really like the idea of teaching at University. I've had such positive experiences at myself, so it would kind of be nice to see it from the other side I guess."

    What advice would you give to someone looking at studying languages?

    "Honestly, it's probably going to be, um, one of the best decisions you've ever made because especially if you come to Warwick, if you ever had any other plans like I did, you don't look back because they make you feel so welcome. You get to do so much interesting stuff and it's taught in such a nice way that you're like, actually, there's not much better than this."

    "My favourite module that I've studies so far is one called Transnational Stories in Italy ... It focuses on Italy in the present day - also what does it really mean to be Italian these days - viewed through the lens of contemporary literature."


    Italian Studies BA

    Why did you choose to study languages at Warwick?

    "I started quite early on with Italian, it was something that I'd carried on through my school life, and something that I just wanted to pursue my interest in, and Warwick offered the choice for me to pursue that at degree level."

    How did you find the transition from A level to University?

    "The transition from a level to degree level for me wasn't such a big jump because I did have such, such a solid foundation of base of knowledge. And when you do come in to study in a language degree level, the first year is based on ability, so the classes are split from beginner level, intermediate to an advanced level, so you’re never put in to a point where you feel you're out of your depth."

    What has been your favourite module so far?

    "My favourite model that I've studied so far is one called 'Trans National Stories in Italy'. It was, sort of, fits again with my biases about what I was interested in, sort of in contemporary history rather than a sort of very deep, deep historical perspective that sort of focuses on Italy and the present day. Also, what does it really mean to be Italian these days, viewed through a lens of contemporary literature."

    Why study cultural modules whilst learning a language?

    "They're not really distinct really in my mind, and I've think in Warwick’s mind as well, because when you learn the language, of course, you can just learn the verb endings the grammar, but when you learn a culture of a language as well, it helps, it helps you with sort of intricate details that you wouldn't already be aware of."

    What modules can you choose?

    "At Warwick there is such a wealth of different options available, which does sort of allow you to sort of pursue your own interests as well. Obviously, when you're in your first year, there is a required sort of base level of knowledge. So there will be some compulsory modules, but you're more than allowed to indulge your own interests."

    Where did you go for your year abroad?

    "So for my year abroad, I went to Pisa in western Tuscany, sort of where the Tower is, that’s how I always describe it to people, but there was so much more there for me because Warwick has so many links with many different universities in Italy. There was there was a choice of at least about 20 universities, I think it was, when we came to choose our destinations and there's so much information available about them all, you get to speak to students who've been away previously and that was how it was it was actually sold to me initially."

    What are your plans after University?

    "So after university, I've sort of been I've been interested in quite a few different industries. I've got some work experience in finance coming up soon. I've been applying for things that marketing internships and grad schemes because their language degree that they're fairly in demand just because of the transferability of the skills that you gain on them."

    What advice would you give to someone looking at studying languages?

    "Learning the language is such a, it's such a valuable experience, It's because everybody says, “I wish I could speak a language”, but if you do a language, you can, indeed you gain, you gain so much world experience; you get to live abroad, you get to indulge yourself in a lot of cultural experiences that you wouldn't normally do. There are so you can so many strings to your bow that you can have, having studied a language - just life-skills wise, as well as language-skills wise."

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    This information is applicable for 2021 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.