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BA in French / History (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , History

Course Description

In choosing to study History with French Degree at Aberystwyth University you will combine two valuable subjects. You will immerse yourself in a broad range of historical periods, and gain an understanding of how and why the world has evolved the way it has. This course is student-focused and you will be able to build on your existing knowledge of history whilst pursuing what fundamentally interests you. Our History graduates are sought by employers for their highly-developed research, analysis, teamwork and communications abilities.

It will also provide you with a thorough understanding of the French language, and a deep understanding of the literature and culture. You will benefit from the experience and enthusiasm of the expert staff in both departments. You will emerge with real world capabilities, enabling you to shape your future and develop the career you deserve.

  • From the offset, you will receive 4 hours of language work per week. This includes reading/writing, aural, listening and translation. These four areas of linguistic development provide you with a solid foundation to increase your fluency competencies in French.
  • History at Aberystwyth has been taught since 1872, making our department the most established and foremost in Britain.
  • This degree is also available to students who wish to study French at beginners level. At beginners level and in your first year, you will be taught differently to the students who are entering the course at an advanced level (A level or equivalent) will receive intensive language classes bringing you to the same linguistic level as our advanced students. In your second and final year, you will be continuing the course with all advanced students.
  • In addition to linguistic classes, we offer all students core and optional modules that expose you to literature, culture, language, politics and business.
  • In the Department of History and Welsh History, our teaching is innovative and research-based. This means that you will have the opportunity to explore specialisms in History which include the early medieval period to the present day, ranging from four continents, and embracing political, social, economic and cultural history.
  • The University also benefits from the National Library Wales which is located next to our Penglais campus, is a copyright library (one of five copyright Libraries across the UK). This facility provides you with the opportunity to discover a wealth of historical documents that could be of use for your future projects.
  • All students in our department thrive in our multilingual environment. As a vibrant University, we attract students from all corners of the world. Many of our staff who will teach you are native speakers of the target language that they speak. We also teach most of our modules and classes through the target language, therefore the combination of departmental life and academic development will ensure that you have maximum exposure to the target languages that you're learning.

In choosing to study History with French Degree at Aberystwyth University you will combine two valuable subjects. You will immerse yourself in a broad range of historical periods, and gain an understanding of how and why the world has evolved the way it has. This course is student-focused and you will be able to build on your existing knowledge of history whilst pursuing what fundamentally...

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Course Content

In every year you will take a core language module and a range of optional modules. The language modules will cover oral, aural and writing skills. In the first year option modules may cover:

  • Introduction to literary studies and civilization;
  • New Historical skills and concepts, and a comprehensive introduction to university-level study skills, through our Year 1 coure module Introduction to History;
  • European Film;
  • New Historical periods, themes and subject areas, through our wide choice of Year 1 optional modules;
  • Language, Culture  and Identity in Europe.

In your second year you may choose from:

  • An independent research project;
  • Specialised languages modules (language of business etc.);
  • The way in which the meaning, methods and writing of History have changed over time, through our year 2 core module Making History;
  • Insights into the historian's craft, through practice-based seminar classes;
  • A large choice of content modules on literature, film and art;
  • Different topics and periods from our extensive list of year 2 optional modules
  • Teaching of English to Speakers of other Languages.

In your third year, you will study or work abroad in a French-speaking country.

In your final year, you can choose from modules such as:

  • Semantics and Lexicography;
  • Two optional modules of your choice from the Department of History and Welsh History;
  • Cultural and Artistic Movements;
  • a special subject, in which you undertake in-depth research, using original sources and engaging with cutting edge scholarship;
  • French Literature circa 19th Century;
  • Your History dissertation, independently researched by you on a subject of your choice, supervised by an expert historian in the department;
  • Teaching of English to Speakers of other Languages;
  • Independent research project.

In every year you will take a core language module and a range of optional modules. The language modules will cover oral, aural and writing skills. In the first year option modules may cover: Introduction to literary studies and civilization; New Historical skills and concepts, and a comprehensive introduction to university-level study skills,...

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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 reports and undertake increasingly complex translations in language classes, as well as sit oral and written exams. In content modules, you might be asked to write an essay, undertake 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 reports and undertake increasingly complex translations in language classes, as well as sit oral and written exams. In content modules, you might be asked to write an essay, undertake a research project, give an oral presentation, or sit an exam.