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Portuguese and Italian

Cardiff University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
18,200 GBP
Start dates
Cardiff
18,200 GBP
September 2020

Cardiff
September 2021

Program description

Portuguese and 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 and Portuguese program allows you to gain an in-depth intercultural understanding that encompasses a specific knowledge of Italian and Portuguese culture. You will develop high-level communication and critical-thinking skills, and foster resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.

Italy and Portugal are major actors on the European and world stage, possessing rich and sophisticated cultures. Italian and Portuguese are both one of the official working languages of the European community and still a global language of culture and diplomacy. By studying Italian combined with Portuguese 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 and Portuguese language for both advanced students and beginners. We also offer Portuguese language for heritage learners. 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, an introduction to Italian and Portuguese history and culture 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 a Italian-speaking and a Portuguese-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 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 both Italian and Portuguese language, as well as a critical understanding of key aspects of Italian and Portuguese history, culture, literature, politics and contemporary society.

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

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB - BBB. Applicants holding a B in relevant language A-levels 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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Tuition fees

  • Tuition fees for the UK and EU students: £9,000
  • Tution fees for the Students from outside the EU: £18,200

Scholarships & funding

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

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

The Learning Outcomes for this Program describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you.

The Learning Outcomes for this Program can be found below:

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, in English, Italian and Portuguese.
  • 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 a range of 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 a range of tasks at the same time.

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 and Portugal.
  • 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.

Continuing studies

Many graduates pursue postgraduate studies such as one of the School’s Postgraduate Taught degrees or a PGCE.

Career opportunities

Our graduates go on to secure excellent careers in international diplomacy, the Civil Service, teaching, business and journalism. Other employment options include roles as translators, language assistants, export assistants and proof-readers.

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