FRENCH WITH PORTUGUESE BA
Full-time 2019 entry, ABB, IB 34
On this degree you are able to specialise in French language and culture, while spending a quarter of your time on Portuguese.
French with Portuguese at Warwick provides the opportunity to explore the extraordinary breadth and depth of French and Francophone language and culture in collaboration with recognised experts in the field. You’ll study the French language through and alongside the historical, cultural, geographical, and political contexts in which French is spoken across the world, as well as developing your linguistic skills in Portuguese.
During your time on campus, you’ll cover topics spanning politics, philosophy, literature, visual culture and history. Wherever you decide your interests lie, you can tailor your programme of study in a way that suits you. You’ll be part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary, research-active culture, playing an active part in your own learning. Having developed foundation skills in your first year, you will hone your language abilities in your subsequent years, and explore your own academic interests beyond the language. You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning in a Francophone environment, either as a language assistant or working or studying at one of our partner institutions.
You will spend a quarter of your time on Portuguese. This language can usually only be taken at beginner's or post-GCSE (or equivalent) level maximum. The course aims to bring you to B2 standard (CEFR) in this language (this approximates to A Level) by the end of the degree. If you have any prior learning of the language please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before applying.
In your first year, you will follow one compulsory language module, designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of written and spoken French, including grammar. You will also take the core module Story of Modern France, where you will examine primary texts from major periods and events in French history, literature and politics, to provide you with the foundation to study further aspects of French and Francophone culture in the later stages of your degree. You will take a Portuguese Language module and you'll also be able to choose a French module in your first year.
Having acquired foundation skills in your first year, you will go on to develop your language skills, on our compulsory language modules in the second and final years, and your own particular interests beyond the language. Our modules reflect the research specialism of academics in the French department and cover a broad range of subjects in French and Francophone culture, society, literature, politics, philosophy, film and history. You will continue to spend a quarter of your time on Portuguese.
We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures; seminars of about 15 students, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written and spoken language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading the primary texts, writing essays and working on your language skills.
12 hours per week (15 hours per week in first year).
Seminars generally involve around 15 students
We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.
The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each contributes 50%.
You will spend your year abroad doing one of three things:
- Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school
- Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country
- On a work placement
Currently, the most popular option is to work as a language assistant teaching English since the posts are reasonably well-paid and they help you integrate into the community fairly quickly. Most students apply through the British Council's English Language Assistant scheme during the first term of their second year at Warwick.
The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the department's subject pages for more details.
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A level: ABB including A Level in French
IB: 34 points including 5 in Higher Level French
You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.
Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
- Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
- Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
- We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.
Modern French Language 1
The Story of Modern France
- Portuguese 1 or Portuguese Beginners Accelerated
- Modern French Language 2
- Portuguese Intermediate Accelerated
- Modern French Language 3
- Portuguese 5
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
Postcolonial Literatures in French; Literatures of the Great War; French Cinema; Modern French Thinkers; Prelude to Revolution; France and the World since 1945; The Right in France, from Dreyfus Affair to Le Pen; Symbolism and Decadence in Fin-de-siècle Paris; Modern Masterpieces; Representations of the Holocaust.
Paris and Modernity; Policing, Pacification, and Prisons: Coercive Governance in French Culture, History, and Thought from 1925 to the present; Modern Sexualities; Slavery and After: Writing the Francophone Caribbean; The Left and the Trade Unions in France; French Cinema and Society from 1990 to the present; Politics and Violence in Modern France; Animals in Medieval Literature; Anarchist Culture in Belle Epoque Paris; Occupation: Everyday life in Vichy France 1940-1944.
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A level ABB including A Level in French
IB 34 points including 5 in Higher Level French
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full time,including a year abroad
24 September 2019
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and overseas (at a partner institution or working as a language assistant/on a work placement).
Find out more about fees and funding
Undergraduate students are expected to purchase their own copies of the primary texts for the course, though the department tries to make a considerable amount of material available as part of course-packs. It is estimated that students may spend up to £150 per year of study on books. Undergraduate students can obtain most required texts from the University Library. Photocopying/printing costs for essays might come to £25 per year. Study trips are offered to students on some modules; in many cases the costs are covered or subsidised. No trips are compulsory, but costs could amount to £30 per year.
This information is applicable for 2019 entry.
Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.
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