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French & History with a year abroad BA

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Overview

This degree is designed to develop your critical thinking and seek connections between different periods of time and places. You will hone your written and oral French skills, whilst discovering French and Francophone literature, culture and history. You will also take History modules which cover topics from European Medieval History to Modern British Politics.

This degree is taught in the heart of London and includes a year in a French-speaking country.

 

Key benefits

French

  • A leading department of French, currently ranked within the top five in the UK (Complete University Guide 2019).

  • 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 and society and achieve language fluency. We have exchanges with a number of partner universities in France and French speaking countries, and 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 required modules in French language to a high level of proficiency in written and spoken French.


History

  • One of the best History departments in the world, ranked 7th in Europe by The QS World Rankings by Subject (2018).

  • 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.

  • Innovative field trip teaching in London is delivered through downloadable podcasts and London is used as a living historical source throughout our degree.

  • The central London location offers students easy access to world-class museums, collections and libraries.

  • Access to archives at King’s including:

    • Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives and collections of more than five million archives, rare books, photographs and illustrations that span more than 500 years of world history.

    • Graduates get top jobs in a wide range of sectors, including law, business, government, heritage, finance and teaching.

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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.

Key information

UCAS code RV11

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Joint honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of French Department of History

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Description

The King’s French with History BA degree is a four-year course designed to develop your critical analysis and independent thought process on historical topics, as well as focusing on the advanced study of French language and culture.

King’s has a world-class reputation for the study of History, and you will choose from a challenging and diverse range of History modules to study alongside Francophone language and literature, French history, film, politics and philosophy.

The interdisciplinary nature of this course will give you a broad and critical understanding of both History and in French language and culture, as well as an advanced capacity for critical thinking and analysis

Teaching style

We use lectures, seminars and small group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. French language modules concentrate on high standards in written, oral and translation skills, and will involve demanding tutorials with experienced native French lecturers. History modules will be taught by faculty lecturers and will reflect their expertise.

Assessment

We will assess your progress and attainment on all modules you take in both the French and History sections of the programme through a range of techniques including written exams and coursework. The final degree classification you will receive is dependent on which modules you choose to study in the last two years of the programme.

Location

Located in the heart of London at the Strand Campus, the modern languages centre is close to excellent resources for students, with specialist libraries including the Institut Français, as well as exceptional galleries, theatres and cinemas.

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

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

 

 

Required Modules

French

You are required to take the following French modules:

  • Core French Language (30 Credits)
  • Introduction to French Literature (30 Credits)

History

You are required to take the following History modules:

  • Historical Skills, Sources and Approaches (30 Credits)
Optional Modules

You are also required to take 30 credits from a range of optional History modules which may typically include:

  • The Making of Britain 400-1400 (30 credits)
  • European History 400-1500 (30 credits)
  • Early Modern Britain 1500-1750 (30 credits)
  • Power, Belief and Culture in Europe 1500-1800 (30 credits)
  • The Worlds of the British Empire, c. 1700-1960 (30 credits)
  • Europe from 1793 to 1991 (30 credits)
  • Politics and Society in Britain, 1780-1945 (30 credits)
  • World History, 1870s-2000s (30 credits)

View first year History module descriptions

 

Year 2

Your second year of study is made up of the required modules outlined below, plus two French optional modules and two 30 credit History optional modules. It is possible to take one History option at another college within the University of London.

Required Modules

French

You are required to take the following French modules:

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

History

There are no required History modules in year 2.

Optional Modules

French

Students then select 30 credits from a range of optional French modules, which may typically include:

  • Death & Desire: Love in French Literature Before 1700 (15 credits)
  • The French Novel after 1700 (15 credits)
  • French Poetry after 1800 (15 credits)
  • The Idea of France (15 credits)
  • Modern French History (15 credits)
  • Modernity & the City (15 credits)
  • Writing the Self in French Literature since 1700 (15 credits)

History

In your second year, you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional 30-credit modules, which may typically include:

  • The Northern Ireland Troubles (30 credits)
  • History of Feminism (30 credits)
  • The Black Death in England (30 credits)
  • Faraway so Close: The Middle East since 1800 

    (30 credits)

  •  

    China: From Imperial State to People’s 

    Republic (30 credits)

  •  

    The Civilising Mission: French Imperialism 

    since 1750 (30 credits)

  •  

    War in the Pacific, 1898 to 1975 & beyond: Strategy & Diplomacy (30 credits)
  • An additional range of intercollegiate ‘Group 

    II’ 30 credit modules offered by our partner 

    colleges in the University of London

In addition you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional 15-credit modules, which may typically include:

  • Atlantic Slavery: West Africa & the Caribbean, 1492-1807 (15 credits)
  • Europe in the Second World War (15 credits)
  • The Hundred Years War (15 credits)
  • Electric Cities : The Experience of Modernity in London, Melbourne, New York & Paris, 1870 – 1929 (15 credits)
  • Orientalism, Race, Islam (15 credits)
  • Students may also take one optional 15 credit module offered elsewhere in the Faculty

You may also take optional modules offered elsewhere in the faculty, and up to 30 credits from University of London Intercollegiate options.

View second year History module descriptions

Year 3

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

  • Université Lumière Lyon II
  • Université Paris-Sorbonne
  • Université Paris-Nanterre
  • Aix-Marseille Université
  • Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (Martinique)
  • École Normale Supérieure (Paris)
  • École Normale Supérieure (Lyon)
  • Sciences Po (Paris)
  • Sciences Po (Lyon)
  • Université de Montréal
  • Université Laval
  • Université de Strasbourg
Required Modules
Optional Modules

Year 4

 

 

Required Modules

French

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Core French Language (15 credits)

History

 There are no required History modules in Year Four.

Optional Modules

French

You are also required to take 45 credits from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • The Stylistics of Translation (15 Credits)
  • Dissertation (15 Credits)
  • Recent French Thought (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 & Exclusion: Republicanism and its discontents (15 Credits)
  • Class & Conflict in Nineteenth-Century (15 Credits)
  • 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)
  • Politics and the Moving Image in post-1968 France (15 Credits)
  • Queer Sexuality in Pre-Modern French Literature (15 Credits)

History

You will be required to take a 30 credits from a range of Special Subject options, which may typically include:

  • Romans & Barbarians: The Transformation of the Roman West 350-700 (30 credits)
  • The Enlightenment (30 credits)
  • The Experience of Power in Nigeria since 1900 (30 credits)
  • Red, White and Blues: Jazz and the United States in the 20th Century (30 credits)
  • Women & Gender in Early Modern England (30 credits)
  • Additional University of London intercollegiate special subject modules (30 credits)
  • In addition, you are required to take either the special subject associated dissertation or the Free Long Standing Essay (30 credits), which can be on any subject of your choice.

View final year History module descriptions

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

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

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

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

Required subjects

French and History

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
A-Level  AAB 

Must include both French and History at grade A.

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).

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.

Access to HE Diploma 

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

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 both A-Level French and History at grade A. The DELF or DALF (minimum DELF B2) may be considered in place of the French component only.

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2

Must include grade D3 in both French and History

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 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 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)  

M and two A-levels at grades AA, including 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

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Must include both Advanced Higher French and History.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. 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 (minimum DELF B2).

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Including 6,6,5 at Higher Level with both Higher Level History and French at grade HL6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. 

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £18,900 per year.

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, King's will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). 

King’s will continue to invoice students or relevant funding body for King's tuition fees at the appropriate fee level depending on the kind of mobility, as following:

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,000 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Home students studying 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 for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the 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.
  • Modern Language students studying abroad at a non-partner university should expect to pay tuition fees to the host university as well as King's.

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.

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Career prospects

Many graduates from the French with History BA course choose to remain in further education and go on to study in law, finance or media after graduation. The highly desirable combination of language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking means that French graduates from King’s are in high demand in today’s employment market.

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