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Birkbeck, University of London

French Studies

UCAS Code: R100

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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UCAS Tariff

104

Including A-Level/B2 (CEFR) in French. The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Part-time | 2019

6.0 years | Part-time | 2019

Subject

French studies

Learning a language opens a door to another culture. 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.

Learn about literature, thought and film, and French politics and society. Enhance your skills, including translating, summary-writing, and delivering written and oral presentations.

Highlights

- This course will enable you to become a proficient French speaker with a critical appreciation of the literature and film, culture and contemporary history of France and French-speaking countries.

- Entry requirements are flexible and you can join the degree at various levels of competence in French.

- Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.

- Our Department of Cultures and Languages brings together research and teaching in French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish, making it an outstanding interdisciplinary department.

- Ours is a community of scholars with shared interests in interdisciplinary topics and cross-cultural research. Our affiliated research centres, Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC) and the Birkbeck Eighteenth-Century Research Group, provide an important platform for this exchange.

- The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Modules

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).

You take two Level 4 introductory modules in Year 1, five Level 5 intermediate modules in Years 1 and 2, and five Level 6 honours modules in Years 2 and 3.

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 (two core modules and two option modules):
French 3;
Imagining France: An Introduction to French Studies;
The Twentieth Century: Key Themes in Comparative European History;
Understanding Culture: Theories and Texts.

Year 2 (core language module and three option modules):
French 4;
The Twentieth Century: Key Themes in Comparative European History;
French Thought: From the Renaissance to Postmodernity;
Translation from and into French.

Year 3 (core language module and three option modules):
French 5;
Mémoire en français;
Modern French Poetry;
The French Novel of Disillusionment;
La France des années noires;
Reading Text and Image in the Eighteenth-Century: Diderot and the Tableau.

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

Assessment methods

For language module assessment, work done during the year counts in different proportions in different modules; written and oral examinations take place in May and June. All other modules are assessed by a combination of coursework essays and in-class tests.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,675
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

Cultures and Languages

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