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French (four year) with a year abroad BA

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Overview

Our French with a year abroad BA course is stimulating and varied. Our modules in the French language focus on gaining high-level skills in written and oral French, which are complemented by optional modules across a range of French and Francophone literature, culture, history and politics - from the Middle Ages to modern day. You will develop critical thinking and analysis skills, whilst specialising in your own areas of interest. You will be taught in the heart of London, and you will also spend one year studying abroad in a French-speaking country.

Key benefits

  • 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 delivered by leading academics.

  • Based in the heart 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, 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.

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

Department Department of French

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Description

This is a four-year course in which you will take modules totalling 120 credits for each year of study at King’s, alongside credits for the year abroad. We offer specialised modules in French language and translation that will enable you to speak and write at a sophisticated level. You will also choose from a range of optional modules in French literature, culture, history and politics, all taught by internationally recognised lecturers.

Teaching style

We use small-group classes and seminars to deliver most of the modules on the course. The French BA modules focus on high-level written and oral French skills. Throughout your study pathway you will be supported by native French speakers.

Structure of course and assessment

We will assess your progress and attainment on all the modules you study through a combination of written examinations and coursework. Your final degree classification will be based on the modules you take in each year of study.

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.

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

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

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

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

Students are also required to 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

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

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

You are also required to take sufficient credits to bring your total for the year to 120, including at least two early/transhistorical modules, from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • Death & 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 & 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 are required to study French Language as a required module in addition to a further seven optional modules to bring your total credits to 120 for the year.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

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

You are required to take sufficient credits to bring your total for the year to 120, including at least one pre-1800 literature module, from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • 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 & Exclusion: Republicanism & 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 & 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

*indicates pre-1800 literature

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


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.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

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.

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

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 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

 

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including grade A in French.

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, 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

Must include 665 at Higher Level 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)

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). 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.

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Career prospects

Many graduates from our French BA courses 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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