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BA in French/English Literature (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , English Literature

Course Description

If you want to study a course that explores the widest possible range of literary texts and cultures  from the early medieval period to the present day with the combination of developing your linguistic capabilities in French, then this course at Aberystwyth University is for you. We enable our students to develop their powers of expression, critical thinking, and establish specialist knowledge and research skills in both subject areas. Students on this culturally enriching course will develop a detailed and broad understanding of literary history and applied knowledge of literary theory in combination with regular language classes in French. 

  • Be part of  a University that endeavors to provide a student experience that is memorable and cherished. Aberystwyth University values its students and it is for this ethos that in the latest National Student Survey, the Department of English and Creative Writing is ranked 3rd in the UK for Learning Community within the subject area of Imaginative Writing (NSS 2018). The Department of Modern Languages is ranked 8th in the UK for Learning and Teaching in the 2019 Guardian League Table.
  • Students wishing to study French can commence this course at beginners or advanced level. 
  • You will be taught and mentored by staff who are world leaders in their fields of expertise.
  • We offer you opportunities to engage with a wide variety of approaches to literature and cultural history, combining critical thinking with scholarship.
  • You will have the opportunity to explore literary theory - philosophical and conceptual ideas that inform, challenge and problematise the ways we read.
  • In your final year you will have the option to take part in a writing retreat at a country house in mid Wales - an amazing opportunity to spend time with fellow students and staff, developing your final year projects and dissertations, in a splendid rural setting.
  • Both departments pride themselves for their exceptionally friendly atmosphere where contact with staff is regular. 
  • We have one of the biggest libraries in the world, the National Library of Wales, on our doorstep. This copyright institution receives a copy of every book published in the UK.

If you want to study a course that explores the widest possible range of literary texts and cultures  from the early medieval period to the present day with the combination of developing your linguistic capabilities in French, then this course at Aberystwyth University is for you. We enable our students to develop their powers of expression, critical thinking, and establish specialist...

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Course Content

During your four years, you will have four weekly hours of language work, which includes:

Oral;

Written;

Aural;

Translation.

In your first year you may discover:

  • New techniques for analysing literary texts;
  • A selection of key figures from literary history (from Shakespeare to the Brontës);
  • The founding moments of French culture;
  • French language through film, culture and identity;
  • Lesser known texts, and writers who are new-to-you;
  • A variety of “ways of reading” and some theoretical approaches to textual analysis;
  • Poetry, prose, drama, American Literature, adaptations, Classical literature, contemporary writing, medieval texts and much more.

In your second year you may explore:

  • The theoretical approaches to, and the practice of, literary criticism;
  • French literature;
  • History of French art;
  • A range of selected core texts from the medieval period through to the twenty-first century;
  • The cultures of contemporary France;
  • A number of specialist topics chosen by you (these might focus on a specific genre (such as crime fiction), historical period (such as the Victorian era),  or theme (such as “place”).

In your third year you will: 

  • Embark on your Year Abroad of studying or work placements through the Erasmus + Programme.

In the final year you may master:

  • Literary theory and the application of theoretical perspectives to literary analysis;
  • Extended writing and independent research in your final year dissertation project (on a topic chosen and defined by you);
  • Areas of the French language which include: Literature, Business, Film;
  • Your own specialisms drawn from a diverse range of option modules taught by researchers in those fields. Our option modules include topics such as Elizabethan drama, the ghost story, the early English novel, queer fiction, children’s literature, Romanticism, and much more. 
  • In your final year you will have the opportunity to take part in a writing retreat at a country house in mid Wales - an amazing opportunity to spend time with fellow students and staff, developing your final year projects and dissertations, in a splendid rural setting.

During your four years, you will have four weekly hours of language work, which includes: Oral; Written; Aural; Translation. In your first year you may discover: New techniques for analysing literary texts; A selection of key figures from literary history (from Shakespeare to the...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 112 - 120

A Levels BBB-BBC to include B in an English related subject and B in French (unless to be studied as a beginner)

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM to include B in A level French (unless to be studied as a beginner)

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in French at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in French

UCAS Tariff 112 - 120 A Levels BBB-BBC to include B in an English related subject and B in French (unless to be studied as a beginner) GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM to include B in A level French (unless to be...

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Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through essays, exams and oral presentation. You will also be required to complete additional, non-assessed, assignments and to work with others on particular tasks.

You will be assessed through essays, exams and oral presentation. You will also be required to complete additional, non-assessed, assignments and to work with others on particular tasks.