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

About this program

Italian

Our aim at the School of Modern Languages is to develop and educate our students to become ‘global citizens’, in addition to developing high-level language skills. Our BA Italian program allows you to gain an in-depth intercultural understanding that encompasses a specific knowledge of Italian culture. You will develop high-level communication and critical-thinking skills, and foster resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.

From Roman times, the Italian contribution to world culture has been enormous as it is obvious to anyone who steps foot in the country, however briefly. But Italy is not just a country of singular cultural importance. It is a major political partner in the European Union, and it is a leading force in fields such as engineering and architecture. It is the home of the design and fashion industries.

A degree in Italian enables students to access, analyse and evaluate current developments in Italian society as well as the cultures and values of the past. Having studied 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 global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

We offer Italian for both advanced students and beginners. In terms of language acquisition, this course will enable you to develop your writing, oral and aural skills through a range of learning activities and audio-visual materials. In your first year, in addition to your language tuition, a module will introduce you to Italy’s history, society and culture from a global perspective. This module seeks to provide a solid foundation for more specialised studies as you progress through your course.

Your understanding of the language will be further developed and refined during your year abroad, when you will experience life in an Italian-speaking country at first hand.

In the final year, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation, which stimulates initiative and can serve as a useful preparation for postgraduate study.

It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself, it involves exploring many aspects of a country, and at Cardiff we aspire to offer a genuinely broad course that offers challenging and stimulating modules.

On completion of this four-year program, you will have a high level of proficiency in the language, as well as a critical understanding of key aspects of Italian history, culture, literature, politics and contemporary society.

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 program of extra-curricular activities to support your language learning and immersion into Italian culture, including extra optional conversation classes with Erasmus students, and events at the Italian Cultural Centre Wales.
  • A curriculum with a clear learning arc, drawing on the latest research and providing a thorough understanding of Italian culture.
  • A structured skills program 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 Italy or an Italian speaking country.
  • 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.

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The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB - BBB. Applicants holding a B in Italian will have access to the Languages advanced pathways. Please note that Critical Thinking and General Studies will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ 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.

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

  • Introduction to Italian Studies in a Transnational Context

Year Two

  • Whose 'culture' is it anyway? Identity, Power and Memory in C20th Italy

Year Three

Your third year will be spent in Italy or another Italian-speaking country. The year will enable you to develop your language skills, deepen your understanding of Italian culture and develop your independence, resourcefulness and resilience.

Your options for this year include studying at one of our partner universities, working as an English assistant in a school through the British Council Scheme, or working for an Italian organisation or company. No matter what you choose, the year abroad is a great opportunity for you to improve your understanding of the language, immerse yourself in another culture, and gain international study or work experience.

If you choose the study option, we have established exchange programmes which provide opportunities to study in institutions in cities that have included Venice, Verona, Milan, Pavia, Parma, Ferrara, Florence, Pisa and Catania.

Year Four

  • High-Level Proficiency in Italian Language

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition

  • Tuition fees for UK and Ireland Students: £9,000 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £19,450 per year.

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

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding

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

  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech, both in English 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 program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Using IT programs 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 arrange 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 program 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 Italy.
  • Taking responsibility for your own learning program 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.

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