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A four- year French and History degree programme in the heart of London. Enhance your historical learning and critical thinking and focus on advanced study of French language and culture. History modules cover topics from European medieval history to Modern British politics.
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 Paris Sorbonne (IV), Université Paris X Nanterre, Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), Sciences Po (Paris), Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (Martinique), Université de Provence, Université de Montréal, Université de Poitiers, Université Lumiere Lyon 2, Sciences Po (Lyon), Université de Genève, Université Laval, Université de Strasbourg. The year abroad also offers the opportunity to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme or to undertake an internship/work placement in a French-speaking environment (typically sourced by students themselves).
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.
One of the best history departments in the world, ranked 9th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide (2016).
Graduates get top jobs in a wide range of sectors, including law, business, government, heritage, finance and teaching.
A wider range of periods and places than most history degrees, from medieval Europe to modern India.
Students are taught in a friendly and supportive environment by expert historians.
The central London location offers students easy access to world-class museums, collections and libraries.
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Please note: Assessed internship placements are not included as part of this programme. However, King’s Careers & Employability can help you to find a range of different work experience options, including internships, placements and shadowing opportunities.
UCAS code RV11
Duration Four years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Joint honours
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department Department of French
French and History
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
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
A levels: AAA including grade A in both French and History. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. In addition applicants must either offer an academic qualification equivalent to A-Level grade A in both French and History. The DELF or DALF (minimum DELF B2) may considered in place of the French component only.
Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including D3 in both French and History.
Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2). Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in both French and History. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in both French and History. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in both French and History. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers including grade A in both French and History. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including grade 6HL in both French and History. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666
45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit
D3 D3 D3
Further information below
This four year programme is designed to develop critical thinking and independence of thought about the past as well as focusing on advanced study of French language and culture. King's has a world-class reputation for the study of History, and students choose from an unrivalled range of options, from medieval Europe to modern India. The Department of French offers options across the whole range of French and Francophone language and literature from the middle ages to the present, as well as modules in French history, film, politics and philosophy.
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.
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.
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.
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, Montreal, Geneva and Martinique among others.
Currently, students study the compulsory and core modules listed below. As well as this they can choose from a range of optional modules and dissertations in the French and History departments. Optional modules listed are currently available, but we review these on a regular basis, in order to offer innovative and exciting programmes, and this list is therefore subject to change. For further details please check the departmental websites. All History modules are taught within the History Department unless otherwise indicated, however, during the second and fourth year it is possible to take one History module at another college within the University of London. For a full list of modules available please see www.history.ac.uk
You take the core and compulsory modules outlined below plus one optional History module.
Core French Language
Introduction to French Literature (compulsory)
Historical Skills, Sources and Approaches
Students choose one History module from the following list:
The Making of Britain 400-1400
Medieval Europe 400-1500
Early Modern Britain 1500-1750
Power, Belief and Culture in Europe 1500-1800
The Worlds of the British Empire, c1730-1960
Europe from 1793 to 1991
Politics and Society in Britain, 1780-1945
World History, 1870s-2000s
View first year History module descriptions
You take the core and compulsory modules outlined below plus two French optional modules and two History optional modules. During the second year it is possible to take one History option at another college within the University of London.
The Practice of Translation (compulsory)
Students take the rest of their required credits in French from optional modules, which may typically include:
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
French Political Thought II
Students are required to take 60 credits (one 30 credit module and two 15 credit modules) from a list of optional modules, which may typically include:
The Black Death in England
The Civilising Mission: French Imperialism since 1750
History of Feminism
Faraway so Close: The Middle East since 1800
The Hundred Years War
Atlantic Slavery: West Africa & the Caribbean, 1492-1807
Europe in the Second World War
Electric Cities: The Experience of Modernity in London, Melbourne, New York and Paris, 1870-1929
Second year students can also choose to take an intercollegiate module, worth 30 credits, at another College of the University of London.
View second year History module descriptions
Normally spent abroad in a French-speaking country.
You take the core module outlined below plus three French optional modules and two History optional modules.
The Stylistics of Translation Dissertation Recent French Thought Contemporary women's writing in French Images of Algeria Shadows of Enlightenment Old French Romance Citizenship and Exclusion: Republicanism and its discontents Class and Conflict in Nineteenth-Century French Culture Proust Sixteenth-century Encounters with the 'New World' Québécois Fiction & Film across the Canadian Bicultural Divide Citizenship & Exclusion: Theories and Practices Satire in Early Modern France Politics and the Moving Image in post-1968 France Queer Sexuality in Pre-Modern French Literature
History Students are required to take a 30 credit 'Group III' module from a range of options, which may typically include:
Romans & Barbarians: The Transformation of the Roman West 350-700
The Experience of Power in Nigeria since 1900
Red, White and Blues: Jazz and the United States in the 20th Century
Women & Gender in Early Modern England
Additional University of London intercollegiate ‘Group III’ modules.
In addition, students are required to take either the ‘Group III’ associated dissertation or the Free Long Standing Essay, which can be on any subject of the student’s choice.
View final year History module descriptions
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
The teaching staff are of the highest quality and span such a vast range. The course content is very comprehensive and with professors who specialise in the subject there is so much more to gain than can be found in textbooks.
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Full time tuition fees - Home/EU
£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
The current King’s fee payable during your year(s) abroad is £1,350 p.a.*
Full time tuition fees - Overseas
£16,250 p.a. (2016/17)**
The current King’s fee payable during your year(s) abroad is 1/3 of the full-year fee p.a.**
For further undergraduate funding information, please visit our fees and funding webpages.
*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.
**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
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