Classical Studies & French with a year abroad

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BA

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Full Time

| UCAS code: QR81
A degree comprising intensive study of Latin and/or ancient Greek language and literature, or Greek and Roman culture, with some language work combined with French language, literature and culture. The course is based in central London and includes a year of study abroad.

KEY BENEFITS
Classics
  • One of the very best classics departments in the country, renowned for its quality of teaching, student experience and cutting-edge research.
  • Central location offers collaborations with the British Museum and the Museum of London, which are incorporated into undergraduate teaching.
  • The department stages an annual Greek play in the original language, providing students with an opportunity to experience the Greek dramatic tradition.
  • Degree programmes combine focus and flexibility, allowing students to pursue their interests.
  • Graduates are equipped with analytical and presentational skills valued by employers, leading to careers in heritage-related professions, the media, education, civil service and the performing arts.
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French
  • Recognised as one of the leading French departments in the UK, distinguished for its world-leading and internationally excellent research.
  • Teaching features innovative approaches to French language, literature, cultural, political and historical studies.
  • The year abroad offers students the unique opportunity for immersion in French culture. We have exchanges with a number of partner universities in France and French speaking countries currently including Sorbonne Paris IV, Nanterre Paris X, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, Sciences Po Paris, Universiteé des Antilles et de la Guyane, Université d'Aix-Marseille, Universiteé de Montréal, Universiteé de Poitiers, Universiteé Lyon 2, Institut d'études politiques (Lyon), Université de Genève. The year abroad also offers students the opportunity to work as an English Language Assistant on a programme run by the British Council.
  • Opportunity to study abroad offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in French culture and society, and achieve language fluency.
  • Combination of language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking means graduates from King's are highly employable.
  • All students follow core modules in French language to a high level of proficiency in written and spoken French.
UCAS code
QR81
Programme type
Joint honours
Duration
Four years
Location
Strand Campus
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
School of Arts and Humanities
Department of Classics
Department of French
Closing date
Please refer to the UCAS website for application deadline dates, or contact the relevant Admissions Office for further advice
Fees & funding
For information on fees and funding for undergraduate programmes at King's go to http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ug/funding/
CONTACTS
Address
Strand Campus
Email
Tel
020 7848 2350/2374
Fax
020 7848 7200


PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION
The French component in this joint honours programme offers the possibility of study across the whole range of French and Francophone language, literature and culture, from the Middle Ages to the present day, and includes a year of study abroad. This can be combined on the Classics side with either the intensive study of Latin and/or ancient Greek language and literature, or a more broadly-based approach to Greek and Roman culture as a whole, with a smaller (but still indispensable) element of language work.

Greek Play
Every year (since 1953), students in the Department of Classics have produced and performed a Greek play - the only production in the UK to be performed annually in the original Greek. Read more about the Greek Play (and its history) at King's: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/classics/about/greek/index.aspx


ABOUT THE Department of Classics

CAREERS
A King’s Classics degree, particularly the rigour of language learning, will equip you with the transferable skills of research, analysis, presentation and critical thinking that are valued by future employers. Our alumni enter a wide range of professions, including law, banking, the civil service, information technology, librarianship, education, heritage industries, the media, journalism and the performing arts. A significant proportion proceed into higher professional or academic qualifications, often pursuing postgraduate degrees at King’s.

Recent graduates have found employment as
• Assistant Tax Advisor, Ernst & Young
• Human Resources Administrator, Health resources International
• Web Administrator, Intrico Products Ltd
• Illustrator, Self Employed Illustrator
• Marketing and Publishing Graduate scheme, the telegraph Media group
• Research Intern, Environment Agency
• Sales Operations Admin, Associated Press TV news
• Latin Teacher at a university
• Client Relations Associate, Fidelity Investment Managers
• Customer Management Executive, CMC Markets
• Senior Course Support Assistant, Coventry University


TEACHING STYLE
Teaching in the Department of Classics takes a wide variety of forms, including language-classes, large-group lectures, seminars, and individual supervisions. The particular mix will depend in part on your year of study and in part on the combination of courses you choose. A number of courses involve museum and gallery visits, field trips, and the use of study collections; a growing number have their own web resources and e-discussion groups. Seminar presentations and discussion are important in the first- and second-year modules. One-to-one supervision is a special feature of the third-year dissertation. This range of teaching will equip you with the transferable skills of analysis and presentation that employers value.

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
Our degree programmes combine focus and flexibility. In each programme you take a set number of modules directly related to the programme subject and then choose from a wide selection of optional modules. A generous allowance of free choice means that you can explore much more widely all aspects of the cultures of Greece and Rome. All programmes involve some language work, in either ancient Greek or Latin, or both. Assessment is by a combination of coursework and end-of-year examinations.

LOCATION
London is a superb place to study and experience the Greek and Roman worlds, and all the major resources are within easy reach (and often walking distance) from the centrally located Department of Classics at King's. The British Museum houses one of the world's premier collections of not only Greek and Roman but also Egyptian and Mesopotamian archaeology and art, and is supplemented in this by the Soane Museum, the Museum of London, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. We collaborate closely with the British Museum in our undergraduate teaching.

The major London galleries are full of classically-themed work, just as central London is full of Neoclassical, Greek revival and other classically-inspired buildings. Classical and classically-inspired drama can be experienced first-hand more richly and more frequently in London theatres than anywhere else in the world.

For libraries, normal student needs are served by King's Maughan Library and Information Services Centre, as well as the University of London (Senate House) Library; for the investigation of special topics, there are the world-class research collections of the Institute of Classical Studies and the Warburg Institute.


SPECIAL NOTES
The King’s Greek Play has been an annual tradition since 1953 and it is the only production in the country to be performed every year in the original Greek. Students (with all levels of Greek) participate in the direction, production and performance of the play, bringing to the stage playwrights from Aeschylus to Aristophanes.

Students run the Classics Society, which publishes the Satyrica newsletter and organizes regular lectures, theatre outings, themed parties, private tours around museums, nights out and trips abroad – in recent years, group expeditions have been made to Italy and Turkey.

The department also promotes teaching Latin in disadvantaged primary schools through the Iris Project; this offers students a highly unusual experience that is both enriching and will impress future employers.

All students are offered the unique opportunity to study abroad as part of a Classics degree at King’s, and recent popular destinations include The University of California and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Our students also have opportunities to attend the annual summer schools at the British Schools in Athens and Rome, and participate in archaeological excavations in Greece and Italy, as well as further afield.



ABOUT THE Department of French

CAREERS
Many students remain to pursue graduate degrees whilst others go on to take further training in law, finance or the media. A wealth of opportunities are open to French graduates and King’s has an excellent record for employment after graduation. The highly desirable combination of language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking means that French graduates from King’s are in strong demand in today’s job market. Recent graduates have found employment as…. • Lecturer, Goldsmiths College • Medical Recruitment Administrator, London Deanery • Research Fellow, University of Oxford • International Data Clerk, ES-Three • Recruitment Consultant, Chapman Black • Tenant Manager, Regents Group

TEACHING STYLE
Most teaching takes place in small-group classes and seminars supported by lectures. Modules in the French language are focused on high level skills in written and oral French and involve intensive contact with native speakers of French. We offer specialised modules in translation, while training all students to write and speak French at a high level of sophistication. Modules in French literature, culture, history and politics are taught by lecturers internationally recognised for their expertise in these fields, and aim to develop a broad and deep knowledge of French culture, as well as an advanced capacity for critical thinking and analysis.

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
All students of French follow a core language module each year and choose optional modules in the French language, French literature, thought, film, history and politics. Students on all French programmes take a balance of language and content modules. Modules are assessed either by coursework, desk examination, or a combination of both. The final classification you obtain for your degree is based on the modules you take in each of the three or four years of your degree.

LOCATION
Located in the heart of London, the department is close to unparalleled resources for students of French, specialist libraries, the Institut Français, unrivalled galleries, theatres and cinemas. All teaching takes place at the Strand Campus.

SPECIAL NOTES
The single honours four-year French degree, like all other joint and major/minor honours programmes, includes a third year spent studying abroad. If you take joint honours in French and another language your year abroad will usually be split between a French-speaking country and a country speaking your other language. If you combine French with a subject that is not another language your whole year abroad will be spent in a French-speaking country. We have exchanges with many different universities in places as diverse as Paris, Montpellier, Montreal, Geneva and Martinique among others.

 

King's reviews its optional modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that any particular optional course will run in a given year and the options listed below are subject to change.

YEAR 1
Compulsory & core modules:
  • Latin or Greek language
  • French language
  • Introduction to French Literature

Choice of optional modules which may include the following:
  • Art & Archaeology of Greece & Rome
  • Greek & Latin Literature: An Introduction
  • Introduction to Ancient History (c. 1200 BC-AD 600)
  • Working with Greek & Latin Literary Texts: An Introduction

Full module descriptions: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/classics/modules/index.aspx and http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/french/modules/index.aspx


YEAR 2

Core and Compulsory modules:

  • Core French Language
  • The Practice of Translation (French)


Second year students choose from a range of optional modules, which may include options such as:


Classics

  • Views of Antiquity
  • Building Greece & Rome
  • Greek History down to 322BC
  • Roman History down to 31BC
  • Greek/Roman Drama
  • Greek/Latin language
  • Greek/Latin texts
  • Narrative Literature in Antiquity
  • Roman/Hellenistic Art

French

  • Death and Desire: Love in French Literature before 1700
  • Writing the Self since 1700 in French Literature
  • French Poetry since 1800
  • Comedy in French Literature before 1700
  • The French Novel since 1700
  • The Idea of France
  • Modernity and the City
  • Modern French History

Full module descriptions: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/classics/modules/index.aspx and http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/french/modules/index.aspx

YEAR 3
Spent in a French-speaking country.

YEAR 4

Compulsory module:

  • French language


Final year students choose from a range of optional modules, which may include options such as:

Classics

  • Dissertation on a classical subject
  • Greek Sculpture 750-300 BC
  • Archaeology of the Western Roman Provinces
  • Augustus: Power & Propaganda
  • Alexander the Great
  • Ancient Slavery
  • Greek Religion
  • Greek/Latin texts
  • Rome in the Age of Cicero
  • Theory of Literature

French

  • The Stylistics of Translation
  • Medieval Occitan Literature
  • Sixteenth-century Encounters with the New World
  • The City in the Literature of 17th- & 18th-century France
  • Proust
  • Troubling Desires
  • Recent French Thought
  • Images of Algeria
  • Forbidden Love in the Ancien Régime
  • Desire and the Family in 19th-century French literature
  • Citizenship & Exclusion: Theories and Practice
  • Citizenship & Exclusion: Republicanism and it's Discontents
  • Contemporary French Film
  • Contemporary Women's Writing in French
  • Old French Romance

Full module descriptions: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/classics/modules/index.aspx and http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/french/modules/index.aspx

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Australia
Tertiary Entrance Ranking
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Austria
Reifezeugnis (Matura)
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Belgium
Certificat D
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Brazil
Brazil
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Bulgaria
School Leaving Certificate
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Canada
Secondary School Certificate/Diploma
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Chile
Chile
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China
Gao Kao (University Entrance Examination)
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Cyprus
Apolytirion
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Czech Republic
Maturita

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Denmark
Studentereksamen or Hjere Forberedelseseksamen

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Estonia
Gmnaasiumi lputunnistus (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

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Finland
Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen (National Matriculation)
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France
Baccalaureat (including the option internationale baccalaureat)
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Germany
Abitur

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Ghana
School Leaving Certificate

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Greece
Apolytirion

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Hong Kong
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

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Hungary
Erettsegi

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India
School Leaving Certificate
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Iran
School Leaving Certificate
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Ireland
Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher level unless otherwise stated)
Six subjects at Higher Level with grades of A1 A2 A2 A2 B1 B1 including French at grade A. Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History.
Italy
Esame di Stato
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Japan
School Leaving Certificate
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Latvia
Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu (Certificate of General Secondary Education)
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Lithuania
Brandos Atestatas (Maturity Certificate)
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Luxembourg
Diplome de Fin D
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Malaysia
Malaysia
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Malta
Matriculation Certificate - Advanced level
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Mexico
Mexico
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Moldova
School Leaving Certificate
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Netherlands
Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)
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New Zealand
National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 3 (NCEA)
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Nigeria
School Leaving Certificate
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Norway
Vitnemal-videregaende opplaering (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate)
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Pakistan
High School Certificate (HSSC)
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Poland
Matura
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Portugal
Diploma de Ensino Secundário
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Romania
School Leaving Certificate
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Russia
Attest o (Polnom) Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education)
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Saudi Arabia
School Leaving Certificate
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Singapore
Singapore A Level
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Slovakia
Vysvedcenie Maturitnej Skuska/Maturita
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Slovenia
Maturitetno Spricevalo (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
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South Africa
South African Senior Certificate/National Senior Certificate with Matriculation endorsement
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Spain
Titulo de Bachiller
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Sweden
Fullständigt Slutbetyg (School Leaving Certificate)
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Switzerland
Federal Maturity Certificate
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Turkey
Lise Diplomasi (High School Diploma)
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United Kingdom
Compulsory subjects
French
Preferred subjects
Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History preferred
A levels
AAB including French at grade A Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History.
General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy
Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer
Access to HE Diploma
Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Additionally applicants will need to offer A-level French grade A (or equivalent). Preferred subjects at Level 3: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History.
Cambridge Pre-U
Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including French at grade D3. Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)
Considered on an individual basis but grades of DDD would be looked for, in addition to A-level grade A (or equivalent) in French..
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers
AB in Advanced Highers including French at grade A in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers. Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History.
International Baccalaureate
Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 including French at grade HL6. Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
European Baccalaureate
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USA
Advanced Placements/SAT-R and SAT/ACT
See our Entry Requirements for applicants  from the USA and/or Advanced Placement qualifications. 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Aptitude testing
No test required

APPLYING TO KING'S
If you are interested in coming to King’s, you should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and apply online via the UCAS website (click on 'apply'). If you are applying through a school or college, you will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from the centre you are applying through. Alternatively, you can apply as an individual, independent of a school or college. Please see the UCAS website for instructions. The UCAS institution code name for King’s is KCL, and the institution code is K60.

There are a few programmes which require direct application to King's, this will be stated above

SELECTION PROCEDURE
Offers and invitations to interviews are made on the basis of the UCAS form. Offer holders are also invited to a post–offer open day to meet staff and students. With the exception of Classics BA (Q800) and Greek/Latin with English (Q7Q3), previous acquaintance with ancient Greek and Latin is not required.

Related programme student profile

French (four year) with a year abroad BA
'So far, my time at King's has been unforgettable. I chose to study here due to the College's international reputation, and the French course offered was the one I found the most exciting; I haven't been proved wrong. The course has been challenging and engaging and I have had difficulty picking between the modules because they are all so interesting.

My social life at King's has also been packed. I joined several societies when I arrived, which quickly introduced me to people with the same interests as myself and meant I could always find someone to explore London with. I also became a Student Ambassador to promote the university to others and give me a chance to help prospective students still trying to decide which university to choose.

I hope after I'm finished at King's to move into something that makes use of my language skills. In particular, I'm thinking of translation as I have found the course I have taken at King's has increased both my confidence and interest in the subject.'