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BA honours in combination with another subject French 2017/18

Year of entry

100% of students were satisfied with the quality of their course

National Student Survey 2016

Canterbury is a great place to study French. The long standing connections between France and Canterbury are symbolised by the fact that the walls of Canterbury Cathedral are built of French stone and are still repaired using that stone today. The city is close to the Channel ports and the tunnel, making travel to France very straightforward.

Studying French in combination with another subject will enable you to work in France with confidence, work for a French company in the UK, visit France with greater understanding and enjoyment, or lay the foundations for further study or research.

Our classes are small (10-15 students normally) meaning your learning takes place in a friendly and supportive environment. As well as study visits to Northern France, we have many exchanges and activities with students from French universities just across the Channel. We give you the opportunity to study or work in France without this adding an extra year to your three-year degree course.

Our course focuses on France and the French since 1945, ranging across a wide selection of topics in French history, society, literature and film. Most of our teaching is delivered in French.

"An incredible experience, learning new and interesting things and visiting many places in France. Culturally, I now feel richer in France."

Aurélie Year 3 Student

Top reasons to choose this course

  • The programme offers the broadest possible introduction to contemporary French society and language.
  • Teaching is in small groups by staff that put the student experience at the forefront.
  • All staff are actively involved in research and publication in contemporary French studies.

Each year of study further develops your ability to understand and express yourself in French. We deepen your understanding of how language works and what it means to meet and explore another culture.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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We place considerable emphasis on translation skills and this is a part of each year’s course. We aim to equip you with the skills to translate a wide range of text types from politics, literature, history and technology to current affairs.

You will deepen your knowledge of contemporary France and the French-speaking world by studying a varied range of topics and questions, from New Wave cinema to feminism, from the novels of Michel Houellebecq to the post-war transformation of the French economy.

As part of your French degree you are required to spend a minimum of ten weeks studying or working in a French-speaking country. This normally takes the form of either a work placement during the summer at the end of year two or a whole year as an Erasmus student in France, normally in Lille. This module provides you with the all-important opportunity to experience living in a country where French is the major language spoken.

It has obvious benefits in terms of language expansion at the spoken level and in terms of the acquisition of fluency, pronunciation and intonation. It is also a valuable means of getting a better insight and understanding of local issues, values, customs, and culture. Whether you opt for work-placement or academic study through Erasmus exchanges your stay will contribute in a unique way to your personal development and widening outlook.

Work experience

Work or study placements in France or a French-speaking country are a requirement. See the details given for the third-year module Academic or Work Placement.

"One of the best bits of being on a year abroad is the people you meet. Just in my residence, there are Spanish, American, Canadian, Venezuelan, Mexican, Italian, Austrian, German and even some Taiwanese and Japanese to add to the mix. Everybody hangs out together and there is no shortage of things to do in Lille, with the Nightlife in Europe being very vibrant, as well as the beautiful surroundings. There’s never a dull moment."

Walker Darke BA Music and French, Year 2

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The trips and opportunities to meet and work with French students from Lille and Boulogne are very popular.

Core modules

Year 1

French Language 1

You will develop your accuracy, fluency and confidence in the use of French through intensive task-based activities practising the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. We aim to build on and increase your knowledge and understanding of grammatical structures and considerably expand your range of vocabulary. Particular emphasis is placed on developing your ability to write carefully structured and argued discursive texts such as reports and essays.

Translation and Intercultural Studies

This module aims to combine intensive practical work in translating a wide range of texts with an introduction to the main problems and issues surrounding translation seen from a slightly more theoretical perspective. A visit to Lille in the first term enables you to meet students from the Faculté des Lettres of the Université Catholique. During this visit, you will also carry out a research project on some aspect of the life of Lille.

Contemporary French Studies

In this module, you will study a number of aspects of French society, culture, and history. You will learn how to approach French texts in a critical way, develop your essay-writing skills, and begin to carry out your own independent research on an aspect of France that you find particularly interesting. The areas of study will cover a wide variety of relevant topics (the French education system, youth culture, cinema and comic books…) and will help you extend your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills in French.

Year 2

French Language 2

This module builds on the work begun in year 1 and involves an exchange with students from the University in Boulogne during which you will carry out a cooperative project together.

Year 3

French Language and Translation

This module brings together the two strands of language study and translation that have been the foundation of previous years. It aims to equip you with graduate-level competence in French for academic and professional purposes. A high level of accuracy and fluency will be expected and you will practise extensively the application of your knowledge of France and the French to the production of effective communications in French.

La Francophonie

This module studies various aspects of the concept of “francophonie”. It examines the history of the word and its evolution. The most important aspects of the French-speaking world - linguistic, cultural, geopolitical and economic - are explored. This is an important opportunity to widen your study of French to encompass a global dimension to many topical issues.

Academic or Work Placement

As part of your French degree you are required to spend a minimum of ten weeks studying or working in a French-speaking country. This normally takes the form of either a work placement during the summer at the end of year two or a whole year as an Erasmus student in France, normally in Lille. This module provides you with the all-important opportunity to experience living in a country where French is the major language spoken.

It has obvious benefits in terms of language expansion at the spoken level and in terms of the acquisition of fluency, pronunciation and intonation. It is also a valuable means of getting a better insight and understanding of local issues, values, customs, and culture. Whether you opt for work-placement or academic study through Erasmus exchanges your stay will contribute in a unique way to your personal development and widening outlook.

Likely optional modules

Year 2

French-English Translation

Development of the work begun in the first year, but with a look at studying and evaluating published translations to deepen your understanding of how translation works when commercial considerations are introduced.

Aspects culturels de la France

This module focuses on the study of important aspects of contemporary French culture: film, literature and history. The aim is to enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of France’s ongoing relation to its past and present cultural ‘grandeur’.

Aspects de la société française depuis 1945

This module looks at important aspects of French society since the Second World War: the concept of the ‘trente glorieuses’, the period of thirty years (1945-75) that saw the transformation of French economy and society, the evolution of the family and women’s roles, immigration and national identity, the French education system and questions of social mobility and élitism.

Year 3

Lettres et culture françaises contemporaines

The module examines closely the contemporary French novel, the ‘bande dessinée’, contemporary cinema, and major elements of French history since 1970. It requires you to read novels and historical texts, watch films and documentaries and study press coverage of events in French. It provides you with the opportunity to use the French language in an academic context, with emphasis on conventions, style and register. It centres around debate and analysis of issues of national identity and social and cultural transformations as they figure in contemporary literature and cinema, the ‘bande dessinée’ and the wider cultural scene in France.

Individual Study

In this module you will have the opportunity to carry out research on an agreed topic, largely independently, but supported by regular meetings with the member of staff who is supervising you. You will use a variety of sources of information, primarily in French, in order to write a 4000-word dissertation.

Graduates have begun careers in a wide range of administrative, managerial and marketing positions. Each year students train as teachers and several enter further study in translation with a view to becoming translators and interpreters. Many find work with the European Union and other international institutions.

Fees

The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time  £9,250*  £11,000**
Part-time  N/A  N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Travel and Accommodation costs for Placements The School will make a contribution to the travel and accommodation costs for students on work placements on the BA French and BA Spanish programmes (i.e. for the Level 6 Work Placement module, which those students who have not done an Erasmus year complete between Years 2 and 3 of the programme), and when the placement does not result in paid employment. A fund of up to £2,000 per year will be set aside to contribute to these costs for each programme.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

In the first year you will study three modules of French and three of your other subject. In later years you can major in one or other of your subjects and do four modules of one and two of the other. Or you can continue to study three modules of each.

All French modules involve fifty hours of lectures and seminars and 200 hours of individual study on your part.

Academic input

The lecturers on the French course have a PhD in French studies and are actively involved in research and publication.

There are several types of assessment:

  • Coursework: This includes work done in class as well as at home; for some modules, it is gathered in a portfolio marked as a whole at the end of the year. For other modules, there are also specific pieces of work which will have to be handed in by a specific date.
  • Timed questions (TQ): these are exams which take place in class at specific times and dates set in your subject time table. They are often open-book exams where you are allowed to consult your notes.
  • Final exams: These are set by the University during the month of May. There are never more than two exams per year for French as the majority of assessment is of the first two types.

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