French/Italian (4 years)

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

French/Italian (4 years)

Our aim at the School of Modern Languages is to enable our students to become ‘global citizens’. Our graduates are highly skilled linguists with a comprehensive skillset which prepares them to work in a host of careers and professions nationally and internationally. 

Our BA French and Italian programme (which has both beginner and post A level entry points) enables you to develop very high level language skills and gain an in-depth intercultural understanding of French, Francophone and Italian culture. A year abroad spent working, studying or teaching in the French and Italian-speaking world hones your language, your intercultural skills and builds a valuable skill set for your cv in a job market thirsty for graduates with strong foreign language skills.

French and Italian are major world languages which span the globe in their use and reach. French and Italian are official working languages of the European Union and of the United Nations. By studying French combined with Italian you will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly international workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

On completion of this four-year programme, you will have a high level of proficiency in both the French and Italian language, as well as a critical understanding of key aspects of French, Francophone and Italian history, culture, literature, politics and contemporary society, depending on your area of specialisation.

Distinctive Features

  • High-quality language teaching delivered by native speakers, with blended learning and digital technologies embedded in the teaching and assessments designed to feed forward into future learning.
  • A vibrant programme of extra-curricular activities to support your language learning and immersion in French and Italian culture, including extra optional conversation classes with Erasmus students and student language societies.
  • A curriculum with a clear learning arc, drawing on the latest research and providing a thorough understanding of French and Italian culture.
  • A structured skills programme which embeds academic, transferable and employability skills into learning from the very beginning.
  • The option of taking a credit-bearing work placement.
  • The opportunity to spend your third year either studying or working in a country that predominantly operates in French and Italian.
  • An exciting range of opportunities beyond your formal studies to engage with local schools and communities in promoting language learning and develop your own skills and profile.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB-BBB. If you have grade B in the relevant language A-level you will have access to the languages advanced pathways.

Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

English language requirements


Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.


At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits. III: at least a Pass in all components.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

Core modules

  • National and Global Perspectives on France
  • Introduction to Italian Studies in a Transnational Context

Optional modules

  • Advanced French Language Year 1
  • Beginners French Language Year 1
  • Advanced Italian Language (Year 1)
  • Beginners Italian Language Year 1

Year two

Optional modules

  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 French
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 French
  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 Italian
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 Italian
  • Introduction to Specialised Translation
  • The World & Language of Business (French Ex-Beginners)
  • Cultures in Context (French)
  • The World & Language of Business (French)
  • Whose 'culture' is it anyway? Identity, Power and Memory in C20th Italy

Year three: Sandwich year

Optional modules

  • Sandwich Year Project (Autumn Semester)
  • Sandwich Year Project (Spring Semester)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (French, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (French, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (French)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (French)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (Italian, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (Italian, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (Italian)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (Italian)

Year four

Core modules

  • High-Level Proficiency in French Language
  • High-Level Proficiency in Italian Language

Optional modules

  • Culture, Political Protest & Dissent in the 1960s
  • European Cinema: Thinking the Real of Fiction
  • Slavery, Abolitionism and the Black Atlantic: A Transnational Perspective
  • Final Year Dissertation - French (in English/Welsh)
  • Final Year Dissertation - French (in French)
  • France and Africa: Power, Scandal, Genocide
  • Final Year Dissertation - Italian (in Italian)
  • Final Year Dissertation - Italian (in English/Welsh)
  • Italian Women's Writing

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


Tuition fees for UK and Ireland Students

  • Year one £9,000
  • Year two £9,000
  • Year three £9,000
  • Year four £9,00

Tuition fees for International Students

  • Year one £19,450
  • Year two £19,450
  • Year three £19,450
  • Year four £19,450

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge and Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to speak, write, and understand one or more foreign languages to a high level of competency.
  • An in-depth intercultural understanding including specific knowledge of other cultures, allied to the ability to navigate and mediate between more than one culture.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech, in English, French and Italian.
  • Applying a range of strategies to initiate and undertake analysis of information.
  • Reaching conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of views and arguments, justifying these with sound reasoning and detailed interpretations of source material.
  • Relevant and effective research techniques to plan and write an academic essay, using the correct referencing conventions.
  • Critical evaluation of ideas and arguments, through the coherent presentation of information and ideas using a plethora of written and oral skills.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Using a range of IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate.
  • Resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.
  • Communication and critical-thinking skills.
  • Working to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
  • Working as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving.

Transferable/Key Skills

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to grasp complex issues with confidence.
  • The ability to analyse complex texts.
  • The ability to interpret and apply relevant data.
  • Practical research skills.
  • Imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
  • Learning from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights.
  • Enhanced linguistic skills, as well as a broad appreciation of the culture and literature of France and Italy.
  • Taking responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.
  • Critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice).
  • Creativity and innovative thinking.
  • Leadership, teamwork and self-management skills.
  • Identifying, recording and communicating your relevant career attainments.

Career paths

In 2016/17, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Many graduates enjoy their year overseas so much that after graduation they take time out to continue travelling or they go abroad to work.

Our graduates flourish in the job market as our employment statistics underline. Their language degrees lead them into a diverse and exciting range of careers which have included finance, international sport liaison roles, business consultancy, education, health, the media, politics, diplomacy, interpreting, translation, law and teaching.

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