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English and French (BA) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

Explore two rich and diverse literary and cultural traditions while developing your skills in French Language.

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There is a core French language module in every year of study and, in your first year, core modules will also introduce you to French literature and culture, English literature and comparative literature. In your second and final years all English and French optional modules are open to you.

Modules in French cover history, politics, philosophy and film as well as literature. In your final year, you can choose to write a dissertation on comparative French and English literature. You’ll spend your second or third year abroad.

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. In addition you choose a French and an English module, and have a choice of two modules based on reading.

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.

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.

Contact hours

12 hours per week (15 hours per week in first year).

Class size

Seminars generally involve around 15 students

French Language Modules are assessed by 100% exam (both oral and written exams); for cultural modules, students are usually able to pick their preferred mode of assessment from three options: 100% exam, 100% coursework, or 50% exam and 50% coursework. The dissertation module available to students in their final year is 100% coursework assessed.

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

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 AAB including grade A in A level English Literature and grade B in A level French

IB 36 including 6 in Higher Level English and 5 in Higher Level French

  • 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, and grade A in A level Mathematics or equivalent.
  • 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. We are considering innovative ways to broaden how we assess candidates, so you are advised to check our website prior to applying in case we have introduced any changes.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Modern French Language 1

Choose one option in French Studies:
  • The Story of Modern France
  • French Cultural Landmarks: Love, Language and Power
And one option in English:
  • Epic into Novel
  • Medieval to Renaissance English Literature
  • Modern World Literatures
Plus one option from:
  • Approaches to Reading in English and French
  • Modes of Reading
Intermediate year
  • Modern French Language 2
Final Year
  • Modern French Language 3
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

French - Literatures of the Great War; Violence, Religion and Revolt in Renaissance France; French Cinema; Modern French Thinkers; Women and Madness in Nineteenth-Century French Writing.

English - English and German; Romanticism US Writing and Culture, 1780-1920; Romantic and Victorian Poetry; Screenwriting; Chaucer; Devolutionary British Fiction; Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of his Time; Crime Fiction; States of Damage: Twenty-First Century US Writing and Culture; Russian Narratives; Queering the Literary Landscape: LGBTQ+ Literature and Culture in the Contemporary World; Small Press Publishing: History, Theory, Practice; Restoration Drama; Writing Out Loud: Slam, Spoken Word, and Performance Poetics.


British Council, BBC, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, PWC, Ministry of Defence, TeachFirst, United Nations, Amnesty International.

Job titles:

Digital Media Consultant, Graduate Analyst, Big Data Columnist, Marketing Executive, Research Associate, Translation Coordinator, Teacher.

A level AAB including grade A in A level English Literature and grade B in A level French

IB 36 including 6 in Higher Level English and 5 in Higher Level French


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full time,including a year abroad

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and overseas study at a partner institution or langugage assistant/work placement in a French-speaking country.

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional costs

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. None are compulsory, but 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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