Why study Italian with Portuguese at Warwick?
- Warwick’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises excellent academic specialisms (French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies) and the Language Centre (whose offerings also include Arabic, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin), leading to a powerful combination of languages, research interests and degree courses.
- The constituent academic subjects have consistently ranked among the very best in the UK in national and international league tables and are well known for their excellent scores in terms of student satisfaction.
- Modules and degree courses are under constant review, ensuring that they are fresh, effective and challenging. Some courses are open to students who are beginners or intermediate in a language.
- You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:
– the University Language Centre, where there are opportunities to take extra language courses in addition to your main course of study (additional fees apply);
– the Transnational Resources Centre (TRC), giving you exclusive access to over 3,000 DVDs in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese plus multimedia facilities, satellite television with integrated off-air recording facilities, video-editing software (with technical support), and DVD projection equipment.
Dr David Lines
4th year undergraduate
Why study at Warwick?
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
This is an innovative four-year degree which focuses on Italian language and culture. It is ideal for you if you have a strong interest in all things Italian. Each year you will study Italian language at an appropriate level, and three other components in Italian culture, history and literature (an option outside the Department is available in years one and three).
Optional modules in Italian range from contemporary Italian culture and comparative literature to the study of aspects of Medieval and Renaissance thought and culture. Your second year is 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. In year four, you will also study a topic of your choice in greater depth in a dissertation, exploring and researching your selected topic with support from academic staff.
Portuguese can only be taken at beginner level or post-GCSE level maximum. You will develop your linguistic skills by taking a language module in your first, second and fourth year. By the end of the course you will be expected to reach B2 standard (CEFR) in Portuguese (this approximates to A Level).
For module information please visit the department's course page.
How will I learn?
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.
How will I be assessed?
We will track your progress through a variety of methods, including 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. We offer placements at carefully chosen partner institutions through the University’s study abroad scheme or through independent partnerships. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant, or to set up an independent work placement.
A level Typical offer: ABB, including any modern or classical language.
International Baccalaureate: 34 points, including 5 at Higher Level in any modern or classical language.
Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must demonstrate required language skills.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies at A or AS level. Critical Thinking only accepted at AS level.
A level/Higher Level Italian not required. A/Advanced Higher/IB Higher Level in any modern language is required.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews Applicants may be invited to interview at the discretion of the Department (usually where non-standard qualifications are involved).
Departmental Offer Holder Days Offers to applicants will include an invitation to a selection of Departmental Open Days, which are held in the spring term.
Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules will I study?
We offer a wide variety of modules exploring Italian language, culture, society and history, as well as introductory modules in Portuguese.
More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.
Please note: Course structure is indicative. Modules on offer change year on year, dependent on staff research interests and availability.
Recent graduate destinations include:
Assistant Producer, France 24 TV; German market, American Express; Fraud Investigator, Apple; Translator, The Lonely Planet; Assistant to the Governor of the Banca Italia, International Marketing Assistant, Next plc; International Graduate, HSBC Private Bank.
A level: ABB, including a modern or classical language
IB: 34 points, including 5 at Higher Level in any modern or classical language
Degree of Bachelor of Arts
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
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 you should contact the department administering the course.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.