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French (three year) BA

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Overview

Our French BA is a stimulating and varied degree, with French language modules that focus on gaining high-level skills in written and oral French. Our language modules 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 will spend one semester in Paris in the second year.

 Please note: This degree is not suitable if you are already fluent or near fluent in French.

Key benefits

  • Recognised as one of the leading French departments in the UK, distinguished for its world-leading and internationally excellent research.

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

  • Study in Paris offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in French culture and society and achieve language fluency.

  • Combination of language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking means graduates from King’s are highly employable.

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 R102

Duration Three 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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Course detail

Description

This is a three-year course in which you will take modules totalling 120 credits for each year of study. We offer specialised modules in French translation that will enable you to speak and write the language at a sophisticated level. You will also choose form a range of optional modules in French literature, culture, history and politics, all taught by internationally recognised lecturers. Please note, this course is not designed for native French speakers

Teaching style

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

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 of the three years of study.

Location

French BA is primarily taught at the Strand Campus and the University of London in Paris (ULIP).

Structure

Year 1

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

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

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

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

You will choose modules totalling 60 credits from a range of optional modules, which may 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)

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take at least one early/trans historical modules from a list of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Death & Desire: love in French Literature before 1700 (15 credits)
  • Comedy in French literature before 1700 (15 credits)
  • The Idea of France (15 credits)

Please note: at least one early/trans historical module will be available in the first semester.

Students spend the second semester of the second year in Paris at the University of London Institute, Paris (ULIP). The following ULIP modules are required for this course:

  • Grammaire – expression ecrite et orale (30 credits)
  • Traduction (15 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take sufficient credits to bring your total for the semester to 120, from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • The French Novel after 1700 (15 credits)
  • French Poetry after 1800 (15 credits)
  • Modern French History (15 credits)
  • Modernity & the City (15 credits)
  • Writing the Self in French Literature since 1700 (15 credits)
  • Writing Africa: Anglophone, Francophone (15 credits)
  • French Political Thought II (15 credits)
  • Students are also required take a 15 credit optional ULIP module selected from a range of options in French literature, linguistics, or the visual arts.

 

Year 3

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

You are required to take the following module:

  • Core French Language (15 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take one pre-1800 French literature and culture module and a range of French optional modules to bring your total for the year to 120 credits, choosing 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 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)
  • The French Revolution Effect: Italy, France, Germany, Greece (15 credits)
  • Other relevant modules in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or Global Institutes

*Pre-1800 French Literature & Culture 

 

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.

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 2020

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 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 2020/21 (September 2020) 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 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 academic year is £19,800 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 the 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 will receive an invoice for £6,000 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.

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 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

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 graduates from the French BA course choose to remain in further education and go on to study in law, finance or the media after graduation. The 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:

  • 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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