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French (four year) with a year abroad BA

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Overview

Our French BA course offers a stimulating and varied programme of study with core modules in the French language focusing on high-level skills in written and oral French.  You can also choose optional modules across a range of French and Francophone literature, culture, history and politics from the Middle Ages to today. Through the course you will develop a broad and profound knowledge of French culture, as well as an excellent capacity for critical thinking and analysis, all while specialising in areas of most interest to you. You will spend one year studying abroad in a French-speaking country.

Key benefits

  • Recognised as one of the leading French departments in the UK, ranking top in London (The Times Good University Guide, 2017)

  • Distinguished for its world-leading and internationally excellent research (REF, 2014)

  • Teaching features innovative approaches to French language, literature, cultural, political and historical studies delivered by leading academics.

  • Based in the centre of London, King's location offers access to a variety of galleries, theatres, specialist libraries and resources, including the Institut Français.
  • Third year studying abroad providing you with excellent opportunities for immersion in French culture and society.
  • 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 Lumière 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).
  • 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.

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.

Key information

UCAS code R120

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentDepartment of French

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Course detail

Description

This programme offers the possibility of study across the whole range of French and Francophone language, literature, culture and thought from the Middle Ages to the present day, and includes a year of study abroad. It provides a flexible framework within which, after the first year, you can specialise in the areas of the subject that most interest you.

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 course and 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 the 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, Montreal, Geneva and Martinique among others.

Structure

Year 1

Currently, students study the following core and compulsory modules. If there are options available the current choices are also shown. King's reviews its optional modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the Faculty/Department for further advice.

When studying French at King's College London your first year will comprise the following modules.

Required Modules

Required Modules

  • Core French Language (30 credits)
  • Introduction to French Literature (30 credits)
Optional Modules

Students take 60 credits from a range of optional modules which typically include:

  • French Narrative Texts: An Introduction (15 credits)
  • Subjects & Selves: An Introduction to French Thought (15 credits)
  • Text & Performance: An Introduction to French Theatre & Film (15 credits)
  • Revolution & Reaction in Modern France: An Introduction to Modern French History (15 credits)
  • French Political Thought (15 credits)

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 module will run in a given year and the options listed below are subject to change.

Year 2

You will take the core and compulsory modules outlined plus six optional modules.

Required Modules

Required Modules:

  • Core French Language (15 credits)
  • The Practice of Translation (15 credits)
Optional Modules

You will also choose further French optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Death and Desire: Love in French Literature before 1700 (15 credits)
  • Writing the Self since 1700 in French Literature
(15 credits)
  • French poetry since 1800
(15 credits)
  • Comedy in French Literature before 1700
(15 credits)
  • The French Novel since 1700
(15 credits)
  • Modernity and the City
(15 credits)
  • Modern French History
(15 credits)

Year 3

Your third year of study will be spent abroad at one of our partner institutions, which include:

  • Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, Martinique, Caribbean
  • University of Aix-en-Provence
  • University of Lyon II
  • IEP Lyon
  • University of Montreal, Canada
  • University of Poitiers
  • Sciences-Po (IEP Paris)
  • Sorbonne IV (Paris)
  • University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
  • École Normale Supérieure  (Paris)
  • University of Strasbourg
  • Université Paris X Nanterre.
Required Modules
Optional Modules

Year 4

In your final year, you will study French Language as a core module in addition to a further seven optional modules to bring your total credits to 120 for the year.

Required Modules

Required Modules

  • Core French Language (15 credits)
Optional Modules

You will make up the required credits in French from optional modules, which may typically include:

  • The Stylistics of Translation (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (15 credits)
  • Contemporary women's writing in French (15 credits)
  • Images of Algeria (15 credits)
  • Shadows of Enlightenment* (15 credits)
  • Old French Romance* (15 credits)
  • Citizenship and Exclusion: Republicanism and its discontents (15 credits)
  • Class and Conflict in Nineteenth-Century French Culture (15 credits)
  • Proust (15 credits)
  • Sixteenth-century Encounters with the 'New World' * (15 credits)
  • Québécois Fiction & Film across the Canadian Bicultural Divide (15 credits)
  • Citizenship & Exclusion: Theories and Practices (15 credits)
  • Satire in Early Modern France* (15 credits)
  • Queer Sexuality in Pre-Modern French Literature* (15 credits)
  • The French Revolution Effect: Italy, France, Germany, Greece (15 credits)
  • Other relevant modules in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or Global Institutes

 

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

French.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

A-Level subjects - University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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: AAB including grade A in French. 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: 33 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 French, or, take the DELF or DALF (minimum DELF B2).

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including grade D3 in French. 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 eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French. 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 six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French. 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 AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French. 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: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher French (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). 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 (minimumDELF B2).

International Baccalaureate: 35 points and HL 665 including HL6 in French. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALFwill be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2)

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2018.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £17,050 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see study abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows:

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.

Career destinations

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.

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