French BSc (Hons)

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  • Entry Requirements:
    A Level: CCC, (C in French) | BTEC Unref: DDM, plus B/C in A level French | BTEC Ref: DMM, plus C in A level French | GCSE C/4 in English and C/4 Maths

Course overview

  • Course level
    Undergraduate
  • Course type
    Full-time
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Course options
    Integrated placement, Beginner's language routes
  • UCAS code(s)
    R120
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A level entry
    ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including French Grade B
  • BTEC extended diploma
    DDD
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    32-33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. Standard level Maths and English 5 required and 6 in Higher Level French
  • Further requirements
    Specific subject requirements: GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.
More information

Key Dates

  • Open Day
    Saturday 6th October 2018
  • Start date
    September
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Develop your linguistic skills to near-native proficiency and fluency

Course summary

Our French studies course is designed to develop your linguistic skills to near-native proficiency and fluency. We stress the development of your practical command of French, emphasising language as a means of communication and mutual understanding.

Entry requirements & fees

Entry requirements

  • ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including French Grade B. General Studies accepted. 
  • 32-33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. Standard level Maths and English 5 required and 6 in Higher Level French. 
  • National Extended Diploma DDD. A-level grade B in French or equivalent. Mix of Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable.
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module. Humanities or Social Sciences Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis. A-level grade B in French or equivalent.
  • We accept a wide range of UK, EU and International qualifications: please contact us for further advice.

4 years full-time with integrated year abroad


UCAS Code: R120

Typical Offers:
Whilst the grades listed above are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard. However, no offer will be made lower than stated above.  In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (e.g. GCSE grades), your school/college reference and the commitment and motivation you demonstrate for your chosen course via the personal statement. Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk.  If you already have your grades and would like to check your suitability for one of our courses please contact us via e-mail.  Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk

View our Admissions Policy. 

Specific subject requirements:
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4. 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly studied qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Tuition fees 2019/20: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,600 (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas students. More on fees.

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit day.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Course outline

Our French studies course is designed to develop your linguistic skills to near-native proficiency and fluency. We stress the development of your practical command of French, emphasising language as a means of communication and mutual understanding. Our programme is also designed to develop your understanding of French culture and society – its traditions, its complexities, its underlying ideas – and to develop your critical, analytical and collaborative skills. Language classes are supplemented by a series of thematic modules, also taught in French, which focus on contemporary French society, and particularly on French politics, history, sociolinguistics, media, film and literature. You will be taught by research experts with international reputations in their fields, all in a lively, friendly, experienced and enthusiastic department.

French can be studied as a Single Honours subject, or combined with a selection of other subjects as a Joint Honours programme. Whichever combination you choose, the course builds each year on your key language skills – listening, oral, reading and writing, and of course your accuracy and understanding of grammar – to encourage you to express yourself with increasing sophistication, fluency and complexity. The thematic modules focus on politics and society, media, cultural studies and linguistics. Each year you will develop your knowledge, understanding and analytical skills. The Third Year is spent abroad on a work placement, at an exchange university, or on an assistantship. On returning to Aston in your Final Year, you can take an independent study module (dissertation) on a subject of your choice.

Modules

Sample module options: The modules below are indicative only. When an offer is made, students will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.

Year 1

Core:
French Language Skills I
Introduction to Language and Communication
Introduction to Film Studies
Languages for All - in Year 1 it is compulsory for students to complete 20 credits from the choice of modules in Arabic, French, German, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish

Optional:
Introduction to French -Speaking Countries
International Business Environment (France)

Year 2

Core:
French Language Skills II
Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)
Migrant and Transnational Cinema

Optional:
Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
International Business Environment (France)
TESOL
Communication across language and cultures
Translation & Technology
Languages for All

Year 3

Integrated year abroad

Final Year

Core:
French Language Skills III
La France d’Outre Mer
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster
Contemporary French
Research Dissertation 

Optional:
Introduction to Interpreting
International Business Environment (France)
Advanced Translation - French
Specialised (LSP) Translation
Representations of Minorities
Languages for All

Learning, teaching & assessment

You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. We teach our courses in French, which means that our students are at a real advantage when it comes to gaining maximum benefit and experience from the year abroad. 

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor when you join us and you will be encouraged to make regular contact with them throughout your studies. Personal Tutors are there to help discuss academic and, in some cases, personal issues. Personal Tutors can also often offer support by writing references for placement/graduate employment and academic research.

Assessment is through a combination of written and oral exams, coursework, essays, translation tasks, presentations and an extended dissertation during your Final Year. Exams take place in January and May/June.

Year Abroad

The Third Year of your course is spent abroad in a French speaking country - increasing your fluency, enhancing your cultural awareness and adding value to your degree. The Year Abroad is an integral and assessed part of language studies at Aston University, fully supported by us, and of direct relevance to your degree. 

A distinctive feature of our Year Abroad is the flexibility that we offer. You will be able to choose between undertaking a paid work-experience placement with a company, working as a teaching assistant in a school or studying at one of our partner universities. We are extremely proud of the high level of preparation, orientation and support that we provide before and during your Year Abroad. We have a full-time International Placements Team who will give you plenty of individual help and advice, and even come and visit you during your time away. 

Find out more about the Year Abroad.

Campus accommodation guaranteed for First Year and Final Year students returning from year abroad.

 

Careers

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Recent Organisations 

  • Bloomberg LP
  • University of York
  • English First Chile
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Polyglot Translation Office and Language Services 
  • Apple Inc.
  • Foxtons
  • Barnardos
  • Teach First

Recent Job Titles

  • Analyst
  • Associate for South Germany
  • EFL Teacher
  • French-Speaking International Sales Co-Ordinator
  • HR Coordinator
  • Language Teacher
  • Operations Support Analyst
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Translator
What's it like to study at Aston?

All the lecturers that I encountered at Aston were great. Since the very first day they always told us that if we had any doubts or needed further support in their module we could always e-mail them or come by their office. It was good to have this support when you felt lost in a module or not prepared for an exam.

Alina Fuhrmann
BSc Translation Studies, Spanish and German
What's it like to study at Aston?

My year abroad allowed me to learn about teaching careers and see how it differs in other countries. I also had the opportunity to lead my own classes which meant I had to plan, deliver and assess. This prepared me for the future and helped confirm my career path. Although I lived in such a small town in France, I met some lovely friends who really helped me improve my French.

Emily Downes
BSc French and Spanish
What's it like to study at Aston?

The highlight of my degree was my placement year at the European Parliament in Brussels. Being in the political heart of Europe and experiencing new things every single day in a thriving capital city was amazing. Aston is right in the city centre of Birmingham; a huge city. In comparison, the Languages and Social Sciences school is small and tight-knit, comprised of lecturers who have excellent relationships with students. The lecturers and student support team at Aston are second to none. Being a small university means that staff and students enjoy closer relationships than in most other universities, and I have really benefitted from that closeness during my time at Aston.

Rebecca Aylott
BSc International Relations and French

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