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French

Why study at Roehampton

  • Teaching is in small groups by our friendly teaching staff, with an emphasis on the use of multi-media technology.
  • There is a strong vocational focus, with UK and overseas work placements and practical work based learning opportunities.
  • 100% of our students are satisfied with our language learning resource (National Student Satisfaction Survey 2013).

You will have the opportunity to study or work in a French speaking country during your year abroad (usually in your third year)

This course equips students with the linguistic and cultural skills needed for working among French-speaking people and exploring the Francophone world. You can join the course as a complete beginner or with A-level French (or equivalent). The third year is normally spent studying or working in a French-speaking country. The Department maintains strong links with the Institut Français in London.

  • 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.
  • 100% of the University of Roehampton's submitted work in the area of French and Francophone studies was recognised either internationally or nationally, with more than 30% of that work regarded as being either "world-leading" or "internationally excellent" (Research Assessment Exercise 2008).

Entry requirements

Year-by-year summary

First 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.

Second year

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.

Third year

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.

Fourth year

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.

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Group projects
  • Supervised independent research

From the second year, most of the teaching is conducted in French.

Assessment methods

  • Essays
  • Oral presentations
  • Exams
  • Placement portfolio

The year abroad is assessed by the host university or through an employer's report.

Typical timetable

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.

Recommended reading

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).

Example modules

  • French Language in Context
  • Francophone cultural identities
  • Work-based Learning

Career options

Students can use their languages directly, as teachers or translators, or to gain an invaluable edge in career areas such as business, the media or journalism.

Find out what else you can do with a French degree

Level

Undergraduate

BA/BSc
Combined Honours

Combined honours

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »

Department

Media, Culture and Language »

Duration

Full-time: 4 years; Part-time: by arrangement

Tuition fees

£8,750 (2014; UK/EU) »

£11,500 (2014; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

View the full details »

View Key Information Set »

Combinations

Business Management [NR29] »

English Literature [QR3X] »

Film [PR39] »

Journalism [RP95] »

Related courses

Modern Languages »

Modern Languages - Translation »

Further information

Contact our Enquiries team
enquiries@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

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