BA English Language and Italian (4 year)

Course Overview

The BA Italian and English Language brings together intensive training in language, in-depth analysis of modern and contemporary Italian society, history and literature.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • During Level One, you will develop a command of the basic methods, principles and vocabulary for describing, analysing and interpreting language and language use. 
  • At Level Two, your knowledge and understanding of language use will be developed.
  • Students have a year abroad in the third year of study.
  • During Level Three you will be encouraged to undertake more independent and specialised work.
  • Our students have an academic mentor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ALE100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Grammar and Meaning
ALE114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sounds of English
MLI100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Italian Culture (A)
MLI100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Italian Culture (B)
Optional Modules
AND
Italian Compulsory Selective Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students take 40 credits of language modules at the appropriate level (advanced or beginner)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLI111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian for Beginners I
MLI112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italian for Beginners II
MLI160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian Language 1A
MLI160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italian Language 1B

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
AND
Compulsory Selective 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 20 credits from below. Students must have an equal number of credits in each TB overall

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
MLI204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postmodern Italian literature: Calvino, Eco and Fo
AND
English Language Compulsory Modules 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : • You must take one of ALE200, ALE204 or ALE225. • ALE204 and ALE225 are subject to interview prior to module selection. • You can NOT choose both ALE204 and ALE225. • You can NOT choose ALE200 if you have chosen either ALE204 or ALE225.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practicecannot be taken with ALE204 or ALE225
ALE202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sociolinguistics
ALE204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Teaching Practice (CELTA) ASubject to interview. Cannot be taken with ALE225 or ALE200
ALE211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Psycholinguistics
ALE218Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discourse Analysis
ALE224Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vocabulary Studies
ALE225Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching Practice (CELTA) BSubject to interview. Cannot be taken with ALE225 or ALE200
ALE250Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20First Language Acquisition
EN-260Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Dialect

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Sandwich Year

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 120 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : This module is compulsory for all students pursuing a degree involving a foreign language. It gives students the opportunity to increase their language skills and familiarize themselves with other culture(s).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-R00Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Year Abroad (Languages, Translation and Interpreting)

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MLI301ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Italian General Language 3A
MLI301BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Italian General Language 3B
Optional Modules
English Language Compulsory Selective Modules 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : • Joint honours students wishing to take a dissertation/ research project in English language must seek permission of the programme director prior to selection. • If chosen, ALE318 must be taken in conjunction with ALE317. • ALE317 does not have to be taken with ALE318.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Second Language Acquisition.
ALE308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Issues in current ELT.
ALE316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in the Media.
ALE317Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Doing a Research Project
ALE318Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Research Project (Linguistics)
ALE319Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Computer-Assisted Language Learning
EN-376Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prehistory, History and Language.
AND

Description

BA Italian and English Language is intended for students who wish to deepen and extend their understanding of the language as well as communication, society and literature.

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB or equivalent but a typical offer could be BBB-ABB (UCAS tariff points 120-168), as all offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including BTEC Diploma DMM-DDM; International Baccalaureate 32-33; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,700

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

“I enjoyed meeting new friends at Swansea. The whole university experience allowed me to grow as a person, and has helped me get to where I am today. I now work for Yahoo! As a Planning and Strategy Executive in the Global Sales Team, which helps support and update sales managers about new products and responds to briefs that come in from clients.”

Alex Giacon, BA Italian


"My undergraduate degree at Swansea University has been extremely beneficial to me in gaining a place on a Speech and Language Therapy course. Several modules that I studied are very similar to the modules that I will be studying in September and so it will give me a great advantage. I also believe that having a degree in English Language has contributed to me gaining a place on the SLT course as places are very limited and competitive."

Samantha Thomas


 

Research

The Department of Applied Linguistics has a strong research profile in a number of specialist areas. These include vocabulary studies, second language acquisition, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, pragmatics and language teaching pedagogy. These are reflected in many of the modules offered in this degree scheme

We have recently invested in an Applied Linguistics research lab, including an eye-tracker and reaction time software. Students will have the opportunity to use these facilities during their dissertations, depending on topic chosen.

Our staff are members of the The Language Research Centre (LRC)a global hub for single, inter- and multi- disciplinary empirical research into language data and processes. It draws together academics and postgraduate researchers from across Swansea University and connects their activities with those of the Centre’s global network of Associate Members and distance learning doctoral students. 

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

92.3 per cent* of Modern Languages Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University  are in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in Italian will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, human resources, tourism and events management, working for companies such as:

  • Royal Mail Group
  • Superdry
  • Berkeley PR International

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Professional Translation
  • MA Translation and Interpreting

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Modern Languages. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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