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

 

ENGLISH AND FRENCH (BA)

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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Combining French and English gives you the opportunity to explore connections and interactions between two major literatures and cultures. Our modules reflect the range and diversity of the culture, history, and society of the French- and English-speaking worlds. Intensive language work opens up the richness of French language and cultural life. This means you’ll graduate as a highly qualified linguist with advanced intercultural skills, a deep understanding of key issues and developments in France’s past and present, and an advanced knowledge of French, English, and comparative literatures.

You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.

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. To complement your language skills, you will choose between two cultural modules in French, focusing on either the history of love in landmarks of French literature or on primary texts from major periods and events in French history, literature, and politics. Both of these modules provide an excellent foundation for studying further aspects of French literature and culture in the later stages of your degree. On the English side, you will take a module which focuses on questions of approach, critical practice, and reading strategies. You will additionally choose one English module in your first year, from a list of three: Epic into Novel; Medieval to Renaissance Literature; or Modern World Literatures.

In your intermediate and final years, in addition to core and optional modules in English, you will go on to further develop your French language skills. You will also have an opportunity to develop your own particular interests by choosing from a wide selection of modules offered by French specialists that cover a broad range of subjects in French culture, society, literature, politics, philosophy, film, and history. You can also opt to study some of our interdisciplinary cross-School modules.

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

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 AAB to include English Literature (or English Language and Literature combined) and French

IB 36 to include 5 in Higher Level English Literature (or English Language and Literature combined) 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. 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.

    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 - 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.

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.

For further details about our French Studies modules please visit the Modern Languages website. Here you will also find degree course outlines.

Our Modern Languages graduates work for organisations including:

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 to include English Literature (or English Language and Literature combined) and French

IB 36 to include 5 in Higher Level English Literature (or English Language and Literature combined) and 5 in Higher Level French

UCAS Code
QR31

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration
4 years full time,including a year abroad

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and overseas in a French-speaking country (at a partner institution or working as a language assistant/on a work placement).

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. 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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