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French Studies

Birkbeck, University of London

  • October, 2020 Start Date

  • 4 years Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £6935.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

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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Available Dates

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 4 years

October, 2020

£6935.00

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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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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
83%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
92% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
86% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
90% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
73% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
95% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
86% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
73% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
83% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
87% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
84% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
79% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
84% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
61% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
48% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
77% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
79% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
85% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
65% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
82% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
76% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
40% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
62% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
66% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
61% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
32% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
41% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

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Statistics

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points0

  • Employment Rate85%

  • Average Graduate Salary£25000

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