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Learning a language opens a door to another culture. On this programme you will be able to raise your French language competence to near-native standard and gain the linguistic skills needed for efficient negotiation with French speakers, combined with a critical appreciation of the cultural values that lie at the heart of French life.

You will learn about French literature, thought and film, and politics and society while enhancing skills such as translating, summary-writing, and delivering written and oral presentations.

The programme is also available for full-time evening study over three years or over four years including a year of study abroad.

Learning a language opens a door to another culture. On this programme you will be able to raise your French language competence to near-native standard and gain the linguistic skills needed for efficient negotiation with French speakers, combined with a critical appreciation of the cultural values that lie at the heart of French life. You will learn about French literature, thought...

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Course Content

The programme consists of 12 modules of 30 credits each (or the equivalent including 15-credit modules), making a total of 360 credits. The modules are divided into three levels: Level 4 (introductory), Level 5 (intermediate) and Level 6 (honours).

The number of modules you take at each level depends on your language pathway (determined by your language level at entry). If you start at French 3 or above you take two Level 4 modules, five Level 5 modules and five Level 6 modules. If you start at French 1 or 2 you take three Level 4 modules, four Level 5 modules and five Level 6 modules.

This programme offers a great deal of flexibility, particularly in relation to the option modules you are able to choose, and a typical set of modules, divided by year, might look like this:

YEAR 1

  • French 2
  • Imagining France: An Introduction to French Studies
  • Understanding Culture: Language and Texts

YEAR 2

  • French 3
  • French Thought: from the Renaissance to Postmodernity

YEAR 3

  • French 4
  • La France des annees noires
  • Modern French Poetry

YEAR 4

  • French 5
  • Memoire en francais
  • Racine
  • Sensibility and Sociability in the Eighteenth-Century French Novel

Please note that not all modules are available every year; the list above is indicative.

The programme consists of 12 modules of 30 credits each (or the equivalent including 15-credit modules), making a total of 360 credits. The modules are divided into three levels: Level 4 (introductory), Level 5 (intermediate) and Level 6 (honours). The number of modules you take at each level depends on your language pathway (determined by your language level at entry). If you start...

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Entry Requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

This programme is suitable for applicants at all language entry levels, from beginner to proficiency, including native speaker level.

ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES

We welcome applications from students on Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

Admission is based on a written test and interview and a French language entry test (except for complete beginners).

Credits gained on the Certificate of Higher Education in Culture and Language (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish) can be counted towards the degree.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. This programme is suitable for applicants at all language entry levels, from beginner to proficiency, including native speaker...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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