Major in French Studies (Beginners)

BA, 4 years

This is for you if...you would like to learn about French language and culture from a beginners level and combine these studies with another subject.

Course Description

  • As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as taking into account student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff where this will impact on the delivery of the course.  As a result, if there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible and will ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

If you choose French Studies (Beginners) as your Major, you will study a rich and varied programme that will help you develop both your language skills and your knowledge of French culture. By the end of your degree you will have acquired the level of proficiency needed to use the language professionally, as well as a thorough knowledge of French politics, history, film, and literature.

If you have an A-level in French you might be interested in the Major in French Studies (Advanced) instead.

Key Facts
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
R101
Start date
September 2018
Department
Modern Languages
Contact

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
ahladmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2620
schoolofarts@le.ac.uk

Modern Languages website



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Why Leicester?

A fully-funded Summer School abroad at the end of your first year lets you immerse yourself in a different culture and language, building your confidence in your language skills.

Our small group teaching means you will have a greater opportunity to participate in debates and receive more personal feedback on your progress.

Languages at Leicester is an in-house, extracurricular scheme teaching a wide range of languages at different levels including Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Latin, Russian and Arabic.

Our Modern Languages Society organises academic and social events including film screenings, nights out, guest speakers, language-themed nights, sports events and a weekend in Paris.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year you will take French language classes, and study a range of cultural studies modules which examine French and Francophone cultures and literatures. In your language modules, you will develop written skills through the production of short pieces of creative writing and other activities, including the use of online language learning and materials taken from the media. Oral classes are conducted in small groups.

You will also take an intensive language course to reach post-GCSE standard (A2 of CEFR) by end of the first year of study.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

At the end of the first year you will attend a three-week Summer School in Montpellier, France, which is fully funded by the University. This full immersive experience includes language tuition, cultural and social activities, and accommodation with a local family.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second year you will continue to develop your language skills in the four key areas of listening, reading, writing, and speaking. You will also choose from a range of modules on a variety of cultural, linguistic, and literary topics.

Core module

Option modules

Choose four option modules from:


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3

The Year Abroad is a fundamental element of our Modern Languages degrees, during which time you will study or work in the country related to your course. Alternatively, you can apply to spend a year working as a British Council language-teaching assistant or on some other work placement of your choice, subject to approval. It is even possible to split the year between study abroad and work placement, giving you the best of both worlds. However, it is possible, in exceptional circumstances, to complete this degree in three years, without a year abroad.

Studying abroad is central to what makes our graduates stand out. You will acquire life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. You will have the chance to perfect your spoken and written language and engage with new societies, whist all the time building your independence and becoming more employable. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation, or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details. You will be expected to produce a photographic essay of your time abroad.

Modern Languages at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. In addition, if you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities:

France

Belgium

We also have links with some universities outside Europe and the EU. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 4

Year 4

In your final year you will continue to develop your French with advanced language tuition to help you build your written and spoken skills. You will also select modules from a choice of options in areas such as film, popular culture, contemporary literature, historical and social issues, and specialist aspects of the language.

By the end of the final year, you will have reached a level of French that will allow you to use it professionally (C1 and above of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)).

Core modules

Option modules

Choose four option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

Summer School

When you take one of our Modern Languages courses, you’ll get a unique opportunity to spend three weeks in one of our fully-funded summer schools during the summer vacation at the end of your first year, which is an integral part of your degree.

You will study in Montpellier (France) and live with selected local families and hosts and enjoy language tuition in small groups each morning. In the afternoons, and some evenings and weekends, you’ll take part in cultural and social activities for a complete immersion in the heart of the society, country and region you are visiting.

The benefits you’ll gain are invaluable - you’ll build your confidence in your chosen spoken and written language, gain crucial transferable skills (on completion of the summer school you will receive a HEAR certificate), discover new cultures, and build life-long friendships.

 

Major/Minor Degrees

On a Major/Minor degree, you study a core area in depth (in this case French Studies - Beginners), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).

    Restrictions

    Please note that you cannot study a Major in French Studies (Beginners) with a Minor in:

    • French Language (Beginners)
    • French Language (Advanced)
    Now choose your Minor

    Teaching and Assessment

    Language skills are taught in small groups, predominantly by native speakers. Our courses stress the importance of communicative ability as well as linguistic accuracy, and oral skills are highly valued.

    Cultural studies modules are taught through a mix of lectures and seminars, which encourage discussion and debate around prepared topics and texts. The use of online tutorials and exercises on Blackboard, the University’s virtual learning environment, allows us to include interactive training in our courses and to facilitate learning in specific areas such as essay writing and grammatical terminology.

    You will be assessed throughout each year by a combination of continuous assessment, seminar presentations, essays, and formal exams at the end of each semester. While final year work is most heavily weighted in determining the degree class, your achievements during your second year and your year abroad are also taken into account.

    You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether academic, financial, housing, career or social.


    Independent learning

    When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

    Overall workload

    Typical workload hours for Modern Languages courses in 2016/17:

    Year 1: 18% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

    • Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
    • Independent learning: 984 hours

    Year 2: 16% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

    • Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
    • Independent learning: 1008 hours

    Year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.

    Final year: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

    • Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
    • Independent learning: 1032 hours

    While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

    Academic support

    Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

    • study and exam skills
    • academic writing
    • presentations
    • dissertations
    • numerical data skills
    • referencing sources

    Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

    Teaching staff

    You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

    Entry Requirements

    • A/AS-levels: ABB including an A-level (or equivalent) in a foreign language. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies is accepted.
    • EPQ with A-Levels: BBB including an A-level (or equivalent) in a foreign language + EPQ at grade B. 
    • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at distinction. Plus grade B in A-level (or equivalent) in a foreign language.
    • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including grade 6 at Higher Level in a foreign language.
    • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM. Plus grade B in A-level (or equivalent) in a foreign language.

    Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

    Second Year Entry is not available.

    Selection Process

    When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

    Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

    Native Speakers

    If your native language is French, Italian or Spanish, and you wish to study this language at Leicester, you will normally be required, in the first year of study, to take English language modules in lieu of the foreign language modules in your native tongue. If you have native speaker fluency in both English and your chosen foreign language(s), you will normally be required to substitute cultural studies modules for the relevant language modules.

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

    International Qualifications

    Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

    Countries list

    Fees and Funding

    • Starting in 2017

      • £9,250 in your first year. After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations. (RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)
      • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

      Starting in 2018

      • TBC
      Find out more about scholarships and funding.
    • Starting in 2017

      • £15,290 per year
      • Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,822.50 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.

      Starting in 2018

      • TBC
      Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    Career Opportunities

    In most cases your Year Abroad can include a year-long teaching assistantship or you could spend one or two semesters on a work placement approved by the University.

    Our annual Careers Week includes seminars exploring diverse career paths. Speakers have come from European embassies and the EU.

    Careers

    Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering, and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

    Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
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    Course
    Major in French Studies (Beginners)
    Qualification
    BA
    Duration
    4 years full-time
    UCAS Code
    R101
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