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French and Spanish with a year abroad BA

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Overview

Learn a rich array of language, literary and cultural knowledge in this French and Spanish degree, taught in the heart of London. You can continue where you left off at school or join us as a complete beginner in the Spanish language, whilst improving upon your knowledge of French. The Departments of French, and Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies are active researchers in all fields: including language, literature and cultural history through to the present day. The year abroad is usually split between French and Spanish-speaking countries.

 

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. We have exchanges with a number of partner universities in France and French speaking countries, and the opportunity 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.

 Spanish

  • One of the country’s most highly rated Spanish departments for teaching and research, where Spanish has been taught since 1831.

  • The Department of Spanish is currently ranked 6th in the UK (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018).

  • Course taught by staff who are experts in their field.

  • Central location offers easy access to a wide range of institutes and centres that promote Hispanic culture.

  • Opportunity to study abroad for a year offers students the chance to immerse themselves in culture and society and achieve language fluency. We have exchanges with a number of partner universities, and the opportunity to undertake an internship/work placement in a Spanish- speaking environment (typically sourced by students themselves).

  • Lively department social life through the student-run Hispanic Society.

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 RR14

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 Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

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Description

Our Contemporary Literature, Culture & Theory French with Spanish BA course involves following a series of required language modules throughout the course, and also choosing from a diverse range of optional modules covering both languages. French modules will include French and Francophone literature, as well as further modules in French history, contemporary French institutions, film, politics and philosophy. The Spanish pathway will include the study of Peninsular and Latin American literature and cultural histories.

The first-year required module, Global Iberias, will provide you with a broad introduction to the Hispanic world; and you will also explore a range of topics covering literature, history, film, music and visual arts from the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds. In the second and the final years of study you will explore a variety of optional modules covering Spanish and Latin American topics.

By studying required language modules, you will achieve a high-level of proficiency in speaking, writing and reading in both languages, whilst developing a critical understanding of both French and Spanish history, society and culture

Teaching style

Our programmes are taught by world-class lecturers in a friendly and well-resourced environment. Through lectures, interactive seminars and individual tutorials we will help you become an independent, lifelong learner who contributes to the quality of your own education. You will be studying with leading academics who are experts across a wide variety of fields.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of examination and coursework; the exact weighting of which will depend on your choice of modules. This allows you to develop different approaches to work and research.

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King's College Strand Campus.

Located in the heart of London, the department is close to unparalleled resources for students of French and Spanish, including specialist libraries, the Institut Français, Instituto Cervantes, Camoes Institute, unrivalled galleries, theatres and cinemas. All teaching takes place at the Strand Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Special notes

If you take joint honours in French and Spanish your year abroad will usually be split between a French-speaking country and a Spanish-speaking country. 

 

Structure

Year 1

The course is divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

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.

Required Modules

French

You are required to take the following French modules:

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

Spanish

You are required to take the following Spanish modules:

  • Core Spanish Language I (30 Credits)
  • Global Iberias (30 Credits)
Optional Modules

There are no optional modules in the first year.

Year 2

You will study the following required modules, plus two optional modules in both French and Spanish.

Required Modules

French

You are required to take the following French modules:

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

Spanish

You are required to take the following Spanish module:

  • Core Spanish Language (30 Credits)
Optional Modules

French

You are also required to take 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)

Spanish

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

  • Catalan Language (15 credits)
  • The Study of Gender in Spanish American Literature and Culture (15 credits)
  • Memory in Modern Spanish Culture (15 credits)
  • Fatherlands: Spain and Portugal under the Dictators (15 credits)
  • Visuality, Literature and Modern Life in Latin America (15 credits)
  • Language Acts and Worldmaking in Medieval and Early Modern Spain (15 credits)

Year 3

This year of study is spent abroad in French and Spanish-speaking countries.

Partner institutions for the French semester currently 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

 

Partner institutions for the Spanish semester currently include:

  • Alicante
  • Cadiz
  • Carlos III (Madrid)
  • Córdoba
  • País Vasco
  • Pompeu Fabra
  • PUC (Chile)
  • Tec (Querétaro, Mexico)
  • Santiago de Compostela (Lugo Campus)
  • UNAM (Mexico)
  • Pacifico (Peru)
  • Salamanca
  • San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)

You may also have the opportunity to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme or undertake an internship/work placement in a French or Spanish-speaking environment.

Required Modules
Optional Modules

Year 4

Required Modules

French

You are required to take the following French module:

  • Core French Language (15 Credits)

Spanish

You are required to take the following Spanish module:

  • Core Spanish Language (30 Credits)
Optional Modules

French

You are also required to take 45 credits from a range of optional French 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 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)
  • The French Revolution Effect: Italy, France, Germany, Greece (15 Credits)

Spanish

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

  • Advanced Topics in Applied Linguistics (15 credits)
  • Advanced Catalan Language (15 credits)
  • Myth & Archive: 19th & 20th Century Rewritings on Colonial Latin America (15 credits)
  • Stereotypes in Modern Spanish Cinema (15 credits)
  • Key Terms & Points of View in Latin American Visual Arts (15 credits)
  • Journey through Spain: Travel Writing in Modern Spain (15 credits)
  • Writing Women in Pre-Modern Spain (15 credits)
  • Catalan Culture (15 credits)
  • The Writer & the Public: Journalism in Spain (15 credits)
  • Comparing Romance Languages (15 credits)

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 Spanish (except for applicants to the ab intio Spanish pathway).

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements


A-level

AAB

Ab initio pathway: AAB including French 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).

Standard pathway: AAB including both Spanish and French at grade A.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of Spanish or French, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes, and 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

Ab initio pathway: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. In addition, a qualification, such as an A-Level in French 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).

Standard pathway: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. In addition, a qualification, such as an A-Level in both Spanish and French at grade A.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of Spanish or French, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes, and theDELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

Cambridge Pre-U

D3 D3 M2

Ab initio pathway: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including French at D3.  

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).

Standard pathway: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including both Spanish and French at D3.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of Spanish or French, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish (if taken through the Instituto Cervantes), and the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2). 

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

 

Ab initio pathway:  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).

Standard pathway: DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in both French and Spanish.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of Spanish or French, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes, and the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

 

Ab initio pathway: 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).

Standard pathway: DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in both French and Spanish.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of Spanish or French, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes, and the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

 

Ab initio pathway: 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).

Standard pathway: M and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in both French and Spanish.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of Spanish or French, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes, and 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

Ab initio pathway: 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 (minimum DELF B2).

Standard pathway: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher French and grade B in Advanced Higher Spanish (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 Spanish or French, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes, and the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Ab initio pathway: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 including Higher Level 6 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).

Standard pathway: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 including both Higher Level 6 in Spanish and 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 Spanish or French, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes, and 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 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). 

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.

 

Financial help and support

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Career prospects

Numerous graduates from the French and Spanish 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.

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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