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French & Philosophy with a year abroad BA

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Overview

This degree will help you to develop different perspectives on problems around you – in both English and French. This combined French and Philosophy degree offers a range of French and Francophone language and literature modules from the Middle Ages to the present day, as well as an extremely wide choice of philosophy modules, with particular teaching strengths in the philosophy of mind, science and ancient philosophy. This degree is taught in the heart of London, and offers a year abroad in a French-speaking country.

 

Key benefits

French

  • A leading department of French, currently ranked within the top 5 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. 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).
  • The combination of language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking means graduates from King’s are highly employable.
  • All students follow required modules in the French language to attain a high level of proficiency in written and spoken  French.

Philosophy

  • One of the largest and most distinguished Philosophy departments in the country.
  • The department of Spanish is currently ranked 6th in the UK (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018).
  • King’s offers an exceptionally wide range of optional courses, covering all areas of the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy.
  • Our emphasis on small-group teaching ensures students acquire and hone the skills of critical thinking.

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 RV15

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 Philosophy

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Description

On our French with Philosophy BA course you will take a series of required language and Philosophy modules throughout the course, and choose from a wide range of optional modules to suit your interests. Your French modules cover French and Francophone language and literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, while your Philosophy modules include philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and ancient philosophy. We are also able to offer a wide range of optional modules, including areas such as Indian philosophy and Medieval philosophy.

Teaching style

We use lectures, seminars and small group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. French language modules concentrate on high standards in written, oral and translation skills, and will involve demanding tutorials with experienced native French lecturers.

Assessment

We will assess your progress and attainment on all modules you take on both the French and Philosophy areas of the programme through a range of techniques including written exams and coursework. The fnal degree classifcation 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

In each year you will study a required module plus a combination of optional 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 (compulsory) (30 credits)

Philosophy

You are required to take one 15 credit Philosophy module from each of the following module groups:

Group 1
  • Greek Philosophy I (15 credits)
  • Modern Philosophy I (15 credits)
Group 2
  • Ethics I (15 credits)
  • Political Philosophy I (15 credits)
Group 3
  • Elementary Logic (15 credits)
  • Metaphysics I (15 credits)
  • Epistemology I (15 credits)
  • Methodology (15 credits)

You are also required to take one further module from any of the Philosophy modules above.

Optional Modules

Year 2

In your second year you will take 60 credits in French and 60 credits in Philosophy.
Required Modules

French

You are required to take the following French modules:

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

Philosophy

In your second year, you are required to choose three 15 credit level 5 modules from at least two of the following groups, each of which may typically include the following modules:

Group A
  • Greek Philosophy II: Plato (15 credits)
  • Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle (15 credits)
  • Modern Philosophy II: Locke & Berkeley (15 credits)
  • Modern Philosophy II: Spinoza & Leibniz (15 credits)
Group B
  • Ethics II: History of Ethical Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Ethics II: Contemporary Ethical Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Political Philosophy II: Theories of Freedom OR Justice (15 credits) (running in alternate years)
  • Political Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy (15 credits)
Group C
  • Epistemology II (15 credits)
  • Metaphysics II (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Logic & Language (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mind (15 credits)
  • Intermediate Logic (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Physics I: Philosophy of Space and Time (15 credits)
Optional Modules

French

You will select 30 credits from a range of French modules, which may typically include:

  • Death & Desire: Love in French Literature before 1700 (30 credits)
  • Writing the Self since 1700 in French Literature (30 credits)
  • French Poetry Since 1800 (30 credits)
  • The French Novel since 1700 (30 credits)
  • The Idea of France (30 credits)
  • Modernity & the City (30 credits)
  • French Political Thought II (30 credits)

Philosophy

In addition, you are required to take a further 15 credits from any of the optional level 5 modules in the groups listed above, or choose from a further range of 15-credit options, which may typically include:

  • Hellenistic Philosophy
  • Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools
  • Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • First-Order Logic
  • Aesthetics
  • Gender & Philosophy
  • Topics in Modern Philosophy
  • Topics in Political Philosophy
  • Topics in Philosophy of Language
  • Utilitarianism
  • Foundations of Analytic Philosophy
  • Indian Philosophy: The Heterodox Schools

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 French module:

  • Core French Language (15 credits)

Philosophy

There are no required modules in Year 4.

Optional Modules

French

You are also required to take modules totalling 45 credits in French from optional modules, which may typically include:

  • The Stylistics of Translation (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (15 credits)
  • Recent French Though (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)
  • Politics and the Moving Image in post-1968 France (15 credits)
  • Queer Sexuality in Pre-Modern French Literature (15 credits)

Philosophy

You are also required to take 60 credits of philosophy from optional modules, of which at least 45 credits must be at level 6, from a range which may typically include:

  • 19th Century Continental Philosophy (15 credits)
  • 20th Century Continental Philosophy  (15 credits)
  • Dissertation  (30 credits)
  • Ethics of Science & Technology  (15 credits)
  • Gender & Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Greek Philosophical Texts II: Aristotle (15 credits)
  • Greek Philosophical Texts I: Plato (15 credits)
  • Hellenistic Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools  (15 credits)
  • Indian Philosophy: The Heterodox Schools  (15 credits)
  • Kant's Epistemology and Metaphysics (15 credits)
  • Medieval Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Modal Logic (15 credits)
  • Moral Normativity (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Psychology (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Psychology II (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Religion (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Science (15 credits)
  • Scepticism (15 credits)
  • Topics in Greek Philosophy, Metaphysics, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of the Mind, Political Philosophy or Utilitarianism.

 

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-todate, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. 

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

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements


Entry requirements
A-Level  AAB 

Must include 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).

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 A-Level grade A in French, or take the DELF or DALF (minimum DELF B2). 

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2

Must include 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 ten Distinctions and two A-levels at grades AA, including grade A in French

or

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A-Levels at grades AB, 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, including grade A in French

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, including grade A in French

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 Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Must include grade A in Advanced Higher French.

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, and including grade 6 at Higher Level in French. 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).  

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 are studying abroad, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying.) 

If you are studying abroad at a non-partner university, you should expect to pay tuition fees to the host university as well as King’s.

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

  • 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 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.

 

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Career prospects

Many graduates from the French with Philosophy 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 with Philosophy graduates from King’s are in high demand in today’s employment market.

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