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  • Objectives
    We offer a unique course that is challenging and enjoyable, uniting tradition and innovation in content and approach. We provide breadth of coverage in the core literary periods, as well as depth of chosen specialisation in the third year Dissertation (with one-to-one tuition) and Special Subjects.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements * A/AS Levels: For BA English - 3 A2 levels (ABB in A2 in English Language or English Literature or English Literature and Language). Two AS levels considered in the place of one A2 level. General Studies accepted. For BA English and History - (ABB). English is required at A2 level. General Studies accepted as one of the three A2 levels. * International Baccalaureate: For BA English - Pass Diploma with 34 points, including a 6 in Higher level English. For BA English and History - Pass Diploma with 32 points, including 6 in Higher Level English. * GCSE: Classical or modern language preferred. * European Baccalaureate: pass with 70 % overall, including 8 in English. * Access to HE courses: pass with a substantial number of credits at level 3 and a review of recent written work. * BTEC nationals: Pass in Diploma with DDM, plus any subject / GCSE requirements. * Other qualifications: Other national and international qualifications welcomed. * Mature students welcomed: Alternative qualifications considered. * Second year entry: Possible for those with advanced qualifications compatible with our degree structure. * Applicants are not normally interviewed: all those receiving the offer of admissions will be invited to visit the department. * This degree is not offered on a part-time basis.
  • Academic Title
    BA Italian and English
  • Course description
    BA Italian and English


    First Year

    In Italian you will be introduced to a range of historical periods and texts. Beginners in Italian receive an intensive language course which brings them, in a year, to the level of post-A Level students. Students also study Introduction to Pre-Modern Italy and Post-war Italian Culture, and are introduced to different authors and genres.

    In English you will do a number of modules such as Approaches to the Study of Literature, Renaissance Drama: Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, and A Literary Genre (The Novel).

    Written skills in Italian are developed through the production of small pieces of creative writing and a range of other activities, including online language learning and the use of materials taken from Italian TV and radio. Spoken Italian is taught in small groups by native speakers. The School of Modern Languages also offers special training for linguists with its Core Skills module for language learners. At the end of the first year all students normally take a three-week summer programme in Italy, for which financial assistance is available from the University.

    Second Year

    In addition to the development of language skills, you will take modules on European Texts in Translation and either Italian Linguistics or Pre-Modern Italy. In English you will take Renaissance Poetry, Critical Theory, and From Satire to Sensibility: Literature 1660 to 1789.

    Third Year*

    The third year is spent in Italy, either in an Italian university or as an English language assistant in a school, or other approved employment.

    *This degree can also be completed in three years, without a year abroad.

    Fourth Year

    In the final year a wide range of options in Italian allows you to specialise in areas of studies which particular appeal to you. These could include: Contemporary Fiction; Post-war Directors; Modern and Postmodern in World Literature. In English, you will take Postwar to Postmodern: Literature 1945-Present Day and additional modules to be chosen from a wide range of specialised options.

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