- The course includes a fully accredited, compulsory year abroad in a French-speaking country, and if you are eligible for a full-year Erasmus grant, you may be exempted from tuition fees for that year.
- An annual award of £250 is made to the best dissertations/research projects written in the final year.
Your first year will combine intensive language modules with an introductory module on French (and the French-speaking world) history, culture and society. These will provide you with a solid foundation for your remaining three years of French study, leading to proficiency in spoken and written French, and to a sound knowledge of French in the modern world.
Language study continues to form the main component of the programme, but you will also be able to choose from a number of optional modules, ranging from European Cinema and Image, Text and Context to Translating and Interpreting. The aim of the compulsory and optional modules is to prepare you fully for your year abroad.
You spend your third year abroad, either on an exchange programme at one of our partner universities, as an English-language assistant in a school or college, or on a work placement in a French speaking country.
Alongside Advanced French Language you choose from options such as Media Translation, Interpreting, French Research Project, or a work placement in which you use your language skills in a business or community context.
- Group projects
- Supervised independent research
From the second year, most of the teaching is conducted in French.
- Oral presentations
- Placement portfolio
The year abroad is assessed by the host university or through an employer's report.
Students typically spend 12 hours a week in lectures, seminars and language classes. In addition they are expected to devote at least another 20 hours a week to independent study. Much of this time will be spent in the University's multimedia Languages Centre.
If you choose to study French, it would be recommended to read books such as: Michael Temple and Michael Witt's The French Cinema Book (BFI) or Adrian Battye and Marie-Anne Hintze's The French Language today (Routledge).