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Portuguese & French with a year abroad BA

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Overview

Attain a high level of proficiency in both French and Portuguese, even if you have no prior knowledge of studying Portuguese. The Department offers an unrivalled variety of courses on Portuguese and Brazilian studies: from the medieval to the contemporary, on literature, linguistics, art, history, popular music, film, theatre and translation, all taught from our Central London campus. This course includes a year abroad which is normally split between French and Portuguese-speaking countries (usually Portugal or Brazil).

Key benefits

French

  • Recognised as one of the leading French departments in the UK, distinguished for its world-leading and internationally excellent research.
  • 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 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 core modules in French language to a high level of proficiency in written and spoken French.

Portuguese 

  • Opportunity to study Portuguese from beginners’ level.
  • Course taught by world-class lecturers in a friendly environment.
  • Wide range of modules is unique in the UK.
  • King’s library contains the most complete collection of material on Portugal, Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Africa available in any UK university.
  • Central location offers students the opportunity to make use of the library of the Luso-Brazilian Council.
  • 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 global partner universities and the opportunity to undertake an internship/work placement in a Portuguese-speaking environment (typically sourced by students themselves).

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 RR15

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

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Description

The French component in this joint honours course offers you the possibility of studying across the full breadth of French and Francophone language and literature, from the Middle Ages to the present day. The core language modules help students refine and deepen the linguistic knowledge essential to all fields of study, and enable you to graduate with near-native fluency. The Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies offers you a wide variety of courses on Lusophone studies covering Brazilian, Portuguese and Lusophone African literatures, music and cultural histories as well as Brazilian and European variants of Portuguese language. Beginning with our first-year compulsory module, Global Iberias, you will explore an unrivalled range of topics covering literature, history, film, music and visual arts from the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds.

Teaching style

Our cources are taught by world-class lecturers in a friendly and well-resourced environment. Through lectures, interactive seminars and individual tutorials we will help you to become an independent, lifelong learner, who contributes to the quality of your own education. You will be studying with staff who are experts in a rich variety of fields and whose advanced research will put you at the cutting edge of critical thinking. As you progress, you will be able to tailor your degree according to your particular interests and gain exposure to different disciplines and approaches, such as History, Political Science, Comparative Literature, gender and cultural studies, as well as film and visual arts.

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

We are located in the heart of London, within easy access to a wide range of institutes and centres (eg the Instituto Cervantes, Camoes Institute) that promote Hispanic and Lusophone culture including theatre, music, and art. The Maughan Library contains an extensive collection of material on the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds, including several in the Rare Books collection. Within London there are other important complementary collections in the libraries and research institutes of the University of London and the British Library.

Special notes

The year abroad is an obligatory and enriching part of our programmes. The year abroad will normally be split between French- and Portuguese-speaking countries (usually Portugal or Brazil). 

Structure

Year 1

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

Required Modules

In your first year you are required to take the following modules:

French

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

Portuguese

  • Core Portuguese Language (30 credits)
  • Global Iberias  (30 credits)
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules in your first year, as we give you a broad introduction into the language and countries you are studying.

Year 2

Required Modules

French

You are required to take the following modules:

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

Portugese

You are required to take the following module:

  • Core Portuguese Language (30 credits)
Optional Modules

French

Choose two modules (totalling 30 credits) from a range of options that may include:

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

Portuguese

Choose two modules (totalling 30 credits) from a range of options that may include:

  • Visuality, Literature and Modern Life in Latin America (15 credits)
  • Fatherlands: Spain and Portugal under the Dictators (Modern) (15 credits)
  • 19th Century Fiction in Brazil and Portugal 
  • Power, God and Race - The Writings of Medieval Portugal (15 credits)

Year 3

Your third year will be spent abroad, normally for one semester in a French-speaking country and one in a Portuguese-speaking country. If you choose to study, then we have an extensive list of partner institutions which you may attend, which currently include:

French institutions:

  • Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (Martinique Campus)
  • University of Aix-en-Provence
  • University of Lyon II
  • IEP Lyon
  • University of Montreal
  • University of Poitiers
  • Sciences-Po (IEP Paris)
  • Sorbonne IV (Paris)
  • University of Geneva
  • Université Laval
  • École Normale Supérieure  (Paris)
  • University of Strasbourg
  • Université Paris X Nanterre

Portuguese institutions:

  • Lisboa
  • Nova de Lisboa
  • Coimbra
  • Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Universidade Federal da Bahia
  • Universidade de São Paulo
  • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

You may also choose to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme, or to undertake an internship or work placement in a Spanish or Portuguese-speaking environment, which you will normally arrange yourself, allowing you to explore career prospects and fields of personal interest.

Required Modules
There are no required modules in year three.
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules in year three.

Year 4

Required Modules

French

You are required to take the following module:

  • Core French Language (15 credits)

Portuguese

You are required to take the following module:

  • Core Portuguese Language (30 credits)
Optional Modules

French

You are also required to take three modules (totalling 45 credits) from a range of options that 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)

You are free to take a relevant 15 credit module from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or Global Institutes instead of one of the above, provided they are directly related to French.

Portuguese

Choose two modules (totalling 30 credits) from a range of options that may typically include:

  • Brazilian Poetry and Song II: 1958 to the Present (15 credits)
  • Cross-Cultural Exchanges between Africa and the Americas (15 credits)
  • Love, Dictatorship & Crisis in Contemporary Brazilian Fiction (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (15 credits)
  • Peripheral Europeans: Modernity, Traditionalism & National Identity (15 credits)
  • Lusophone African Literature II: The Post-Colonial Experience (15 credits)
  • Comparing Romance Languages: Historical Evolution and Linguistic Interference (15 credits)

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 and Portuguese (except for applicants to the ab initio Portuguese pathway).

Preferred subjects

History, Spanish or Italian.

Further information and other requirements


A-level

AAB

Standard Pathway: AAB including grade A in French and grade B in Portuguese.

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). The Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (CELPE-Bras) at grade intermediate or higher or the Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) or higher (DIPLE, DAPLE, DUPLE) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Portuguese.

Portuguese ab initio pathway: AAB 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). 

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

Standard Pathway: 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) AND A-level grade B in Portuguese, or, take the Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (CELPE-Bras) at grade intermediate or higher or the Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) or higher (DIPLE, DAPLE, DUPLE).

Portuguese ab initio pathway: 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

Standard Pathway: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including grade D3 in French.

In addition applicants must either offer an academic qualification equivalent to A-Level grade B in Portuguese, or, take the Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (CELPE-Bras) at grade intermediate or higher or the Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) or higher (DIPLE, DAPLE, DUPLE). Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

Portuguese ab initio pathway: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including 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)

 

Standard Pathway: DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French and grade B Portuguese.

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). The Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (CELPE-Bras) at grade intermediate or higher or the Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) or higher (DIPLE, DAPLE, DUPLE) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Portuguese.

Portuguese ab initio pathway: DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB 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)

 

Standard Pathway: DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French and grade B in Portuguese.

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). The Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (CELPE-Bras) at grade intermediate or higher or the Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) or higher (DIPLE, DAPLE, DUPLE) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Portuguese.

Portuguese ab initio pathway: DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB 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)

 

Standard Pathway: D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French and grade B in Portuguese.

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). The Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (CELPE-Bras) at grade intermediate or higher or the Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) or higher (DIPLE, DAPLE, DUPLE) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Portuguese.

Portuguese ab initio pathway: D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB 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

Standard 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).

In addition applicants must either offer an academic qualification equivalent to A-level grade B in Portuguese, or, take the Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (CELPE-Bras) at grade intermediate or higher or the Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) or higher (DIPLE, DAPLE, DUPLE).

Portuguese 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).

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Standard Pathway: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 including 6 in Higher Level French and 5 in Higher Level Portuguese. 

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). The Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (CELPE-Bras) at grade intermediate or higher or the Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) or higher (DIPLE, DAPLE, DUPLE) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Portuguese.

Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Portuguese ab initio pathway: 35 points and 665 in three Higher Level subjects, including 6 in Higher Level 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).

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

Studying Portuguese and French at King’s will equip you with the language skills, cultural awareness and critical independence necessary to compete successfully in almost limitless range of careers. Recent graduates have gone on to gain employment in areas including business and commerce, finance, marketing, accountancy, law, the Civil Service, the media, charitable and non-governmental organizations, while others have remained in higher education to gain a teaching qualification or continue their studies at postgraduate level.

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