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French with English with a year abroad BA

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Overview

This degree will enable you gain a high level of written and oral skills in French and to study across a range of French and Francophone literature, from the Middle Ages to modern day. You will also discover a diverse choice of English modules, from Medieval Literature to Modern Poetry and Women’s Writing. Hone your critical thinking and analysis skills whilst specialising in the areas you are most interested in. The degree is based 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 and number one university for French in London (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).

  • 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.

English:

  • Personal attention given to each student, creating a vibrant intellectual atmosphere and a network of support.

  • Offers a wide range of modules, and diverse approaches.

  • Central location offers access to Shakespeare’s Globe, and countless other sites and buildings with literary associations.

  • Graduates develop transferable analytical and communications skills making them highly desirable to employers across a range of sectors.

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 R1Q3

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Major/minor honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of English Department of French

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Course detail

Description

Our French with English BA course involves you following required language modules throughout the course, selecting from a diverse range of optional French modules including French history, film, politics and philosophy, and from optional English modules covering a broad range from medieval literature, to modern poetry and women’s writing. The interdisciplinary nature of this course aims to develop a broad and profound critical understanding of both French and English history, society and culture while attaining a high level of written, reading and oral proficiency in both languages.

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.

Structure of course and assessment

We will assess your progress and attainment on all modules you take on both the French and English 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 course.

Location

Located in the heart of London at the Strand campus, the department is close to unparalleled resources for students of French, specialist libraries, the Institut Français, unrivalled galleries, theatres and cinemas. 

 

Structure

Year 1

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

In your first year of study you will take modules totalling 90 credits in French and 30 credits in English.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

French:

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

English

There are no required modules in year one. 

Optional Modules

French:

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

  • French Narrative Texts: An Introduction (15 Credits)
  • Text & Performance: An Introduction to French & Francophone Theatre & Film (15 Credits)
  • Revolution & Reaction in Modern France: An Introduction to Modern French History (15 Credits)
  • French Political Thought (15 Credits)

English:

You are required to take 30 credits from a range that may typically include:

  • Language in Time (15 Credits)
  • Classical & Biblical Contexts of English Literature (15 Credits)
  • Introducing Literary Theories (15 Credits)
  • Medieval Literary Culture (15 Credits)
  • Renaissance Literature (15 Credits)
  • Writing London (15 Credits)

Year 2

In the second year you will take modules totalling 90 credits in French and 30 credits in English.

Required Modules

French

You are required to take:

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

English

There are no required modules in year two.

Optional Modules

French

You are required to take 60 credits, including at least one early/tranhistorical module, from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • Modern French History (15 credits)
  • Death & Desire: Love in French Literature before 1700 (15 credits)
  • The French Novel after 1700 (15 credits)
  • French Poetry after 1800 (15 credits)
  • Writing the Self in French Literature since 1700 (15 credits)
  • Comedy in French Literature before 1700 (15 credits)
  • The Idea of France (15 credits)
  • Modernity and the City (15 credits)
  • French Political Thought II (15 credits)
  • Writing Africa: Anglophone, Francophone (15 credits)

 

English

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

  • A Mad World, My Masters: Performing Culture in Jacobean England (15 credits)
  • Cultural Encounters: Literature & Language in Anglo-Saxon England (15 credits)
  • Eighteenth-Century Travel Writing (15 credits)
  • First World War Literature (15 credits)
  • History, Politics & the Elizabethan Imagination (15 credits)
  • Rise of the Novel (15 credits)
  • Performance in Medieval Culture (15 credits)
  • Subjects of Desire in Medieval Religious Writings (15 credits)
  • The Fin de Siecle (15 credits)
  • Theatre Capital (15 credits)
  • Victorians & Social Change 1840-1870 (15 credits)
  • Prose Fiction (15 credits)
  • Comedy & Identity (15 credits)
  • Renaissance Wordplay (15 credits)
  • Gender & Performance (15 credits)
  • Medieval Science Fiction (15 credits)

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
  • Univesité de Poitiers
  • Université de Genève

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

Required Modules
Optional Modules

Year 4

You are required to take 90 credits in French and 30 credits in English.

Required Modules

French

  • French Language (Final Year) (15 credits)

English

There are no required English modules in Year 4.

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take a further 75 credits from a range of optional modules, including at least one module on pre-1800 literature, which may typically include:

  • The Stylistics of Translation (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (15 credits)
  • Proust (15 credits)
  • Images of Algeria (15 credits)
  • Satire in Early Modern France* (15 credits)
  • The French Revolution Effect: Italy, France, Germany, Greece (15 credits)
  • Queer Sexuality in Pre-Modern French Literature* (15 credits)
  • Sixteenth-century Encounters with the ‘New World’* (15 credits)
  • Class & Conflict in Nineteenth-Century French Culture (15 credits)
  • Contemporary women’s writing in French (15 credits)
  • Citizenship & Exclusion: Republicanism & its discontents (15 credits)
  • Politics & the Moving Image in post-1968 France (15 credits)
  • Recent French Thought (15 credits)
  • Shadows of Enlightenment* (15 credits)
  • Québécois Fiction & Film across the Canadian Bicultural Divide (15 credits)
  • Citizenship & Exclusion: Theories & Practices (15 credits)

*indicates a pre-1800 module

English

You will take modules totalling 30 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Autobiography & Modern Self-Representation (15 credits)
  • Beowulf: Heroes & Other Monsters (15 credits)
  • Culture, Gender and Power in the Court of Elizabeth I (15 credits)
  • Creative Writing: Drama (15 credits)
  • Critically Queer: Literature, Culture & Queer Theory (15 credits)
  • James Joyce & Ulysses (15 credits)
  • Jane Austen in Context (15 credits)
  • Memory & Time in the 19th Century (15 credits)
  • Performance Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Victorians Abroad (15 credits)
  • Shakespeare's London (15 credits)
  • Modernist Short Story (15 credits)
  • Literature and Media (15 credits)
  • American West (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 English

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
A-Level  AAB 

Must include  grade A in both English and 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 grade A in both A-level French and English. The DELF or DALF (minimum DELF B2) may considered in place of the French component only.

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2

Must include French and English at grade 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). 

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 English.

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 both French and English.

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 AA, including both French and English.

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 English.

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 665 at Higher Level, with both Higher Level French and Higher Level English at grade 6. 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). 

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

 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

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Career prospects

Many graduates from the French and English 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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