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Studying for a single honours degree in French at Aberystwyth University provides you with the opportunity not only to pursue French language to an advanced level, but also to gain an in-depth knowledge of French literature, culture and linguistics. This degree is ideal for those who have established wide-ranging interests in the French-speaking world.  The degree scheme provides an ideal combination of intensive language training, and a choice of content modules on literature, culture, and linguistics.

Studying for a single honours degree in French at Aberystwyth University provides you with the opportunity not only to pursue French language to an advanced level, but also to gain an in-depth knowledge of French literature, culture and linguistics. This degree is ideal for those who have established wide-ranging interests in the French-speaking world.  The degree scheme provides an ideal combination of intensive language training, and a choice of content modules on literature, culture, and linguistics.

  • There is a wide range of expertise available within our  Department and this is reflected in the module choices we offer. Students could choose modules on linguistics (both modern and historical); dialectical (the study of different forms of French, past and present); literature; the history of ideas and artistic movements; literary representations of Paris, travel literature and current affairs. 
  • All students on this course will spend their third year living independently in a French-speaking country. You could choose to study at University, work as language assistant or other forms of work placements. 
  • During the first year, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to French studies and related research skills, in tutorial form. 
  • You will become a student in a department that scored 93% for student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS, 2017), demonstrating our commitment to provide you with an experience that is memorable and cherished. 
  • Modern Language graduates are statistically amongst the most employable graduates. In the 2017 Destination of Leavers for Higher Education report published in 2018 demonstrated that a degree in Modern Languages provides a clear pathway to employment or further study. For our department, 95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months after graduating (HESA 2018). In addition, the recent Good University Guide published by the Times and the Sunday Times ranked us as a top 10 department for graduate prospects (employment outcomes), for the subject area of French. Our purposeful teaching ensures that you will have a smooth transition from campus to career. 
  • This degree is available to beginners and advanced students. Beginners will follow an intensive course in the first year. 

Studying for a single honours degree in French at Aberystwyth University provides you with the opportunity not only to pursue French language to an advanced level, but also to gain an in-depth knowledge of French literature, culture and linguistics. This degree is ideal for those who have established wide-ranging interests in the French-speaking world.  The degree scheme provides an...

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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 the first year you may: 

  • Explore the range of skills required for French studies, and present at first independent research.
  • Learn about the founding moments of French culture.
  • Discover the language through film, language and identity.

In the second year you may: 

  • Be able to choose from content modules on French literature, language, history of art, or cultures of contemporary France.
  • Conduct your independent research, with tutorial supervision.

In your third year you will: 

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

In your fourth year you may: 

  • Develop your language competencies further after your year spent in France.
  • Choose from a range of modules ranging from Literature, Film, Culture, Business.
  • Create the crown jewel of your undergraduate years, your Dissertation, based on extensive original research, written in French.

During your four years, you will have four weekly hours of language work, which includes: Oral Written Aural Translation In the first year you may:  Explore the range of skills required for French studies, and present at first independent research. Learn about the founding...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC to include 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 104 - 120 A Levels BBB-BCC to include 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...

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Assessment Methods

You will be assessed in a variety of ways in your modules. You will have to give oral presentations, sit listening tests, write individual compositions and create increasingly complex translations in language classes. In content modules, you might be asked to write essays, create a research project, give an oral presentation, or sit an exam.
 

You will be assessed in a variety of ways in your modules. You will have to give oral presentations, sit listening tests, write individual compositions and create increasingly complex translations in language classes. In content modules, you might be asked to write essays, create a research project, give an oral presentation, or sit an exam.