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French and History (BA) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

French and History (BA)

French and History (BA)



  • UCAS Code
  • RV11
  • Qualification
  • BA
  • Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: AAB
  • IB: 36
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)


Develop an in-depth knowledge of French language and culture and a multifaceted understanding of historical processes with our BA in French and History.


This course gives you the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of French language and culture, and a multifaceted understanding of historical processes. A French and History degree will allow you to select a combination of modules focusing on areas ranging from French and Francophone literature, cinema and politics to the history of the Renaissance, the modern history of Britain, France and Russia or the history of the non-European world. You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.

Enabling you to follow your passion in the Arts, we are awarding Scholarships of £1,000 to home/UK students who achieve AAA+ or equivalent if you start your course in 2020 and you have applied through UCAS, adjustment or clearing.

In your first year, you will take language classes designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of written and spoken French. You will also take a core History module called Making of the Modern World, which contextualises later modern history by providing a framework in which major historical processes of the later modern era are studied on a world-wide scale. You will also be able to choose one French and one History 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 intermediate and final years, as well as exploring your own particular interests beyond the language. Our modules reflect the research specialism of academics in the French and History departments; French modules cover a broad range of subjects including 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 and analysing materials set for study, 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 intermediate- and final-year marks; each of these years 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.

A level: AAB to include grade A in A-Level History and grade B in A-Level French

IB: 36 to include 5 in Higher Level French and 6 in Higher Level History

BTEC: Applicants studying a BTEC qualification alongside A level French and A level History will be considered. A typical offer would be to obtain either D in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate and grades A,A in A level French and History OR D* in the BTEC, grade A in A level History and grade B in A level French

Additional requirements: 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).

  • 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 One
Modern French Language 1

You will deepen your understanding of French grammar and syntax with the help of tutors experienced in facilitating the transition from A-level to university-level competence. You will learn appropriate technical vocabulary and handle complex structures. You will develop the skills required to produce authentic and accurate translations of journalistic material from French to English. Finally, writing in formal French introduces you to the structures and methods used to debate ideas on contemporary issues. You will increase your reading and comprehension skills and develop your ability to exploit texts for vocabulary, idioms, syntax and grammatical structures. Working with a native speaker in small groups, you will discuss topics on contemporary French culture and society, using audio, video and text resources.

Making of the Modern World

This module contextualises later modern history by providing a framework in which major historical processes of the later modern era are studied on a worldwide scale. The module moves away from a Eurocentric and narrative focus, and provides more scope for historical approaches based on culture, identity and environmental history. Central features of the module are:

• The Enlightenment, Revolutions & Modernity

• Modern Ideologies: Liberalism, Socialism and Fascism

• Industrialisation and the Problem of Global Inequality

• Imperialism, Globalization, and Questions of Race

During this module, you'll develop your writing, analytical and critical skills through writing essays and evaluating a range of materials including oral history, film, music and architecture.

Optional Modules

History modules


Intermediate Year^
Modern French Language 2

You will consolidate and develop the productive and receptive language skills you acquired in your first year. By the end of the course, you should have appropriate knowledge of vocabulary and syntactic and grammatical structures to produce written French in two prescribed genres. You will develop your skills in translation to and from French, with a focus on specific translation problems, and increase the accuracy with which you use grammatical structures. In spoken French, you will comprehend and produce structured spoken French on a range of topics of contemporary significance in the context of simulated scenarios.


Optional Modules

Intermediate year French Studies modules

Year 2 History modules


Final Year
Modern French Language 3

You will consolidate and develop your ability to write and speak confidently and at a level of intellectual sophistication in correct French. By the end of the course, you should be able to produce a structured written argument on a topic related to your intellectual interests or of cultural concern, in French that is grammatically correct, idiomatic, varied in vocabulary and grammatical structure, and in an appropriate register. You should be able to translate from French to English and English to French accurately, using your detailed knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and idiom, and employing an appropriate register. You will strengthen your skills in pronunciation and intonation and demonstrate these through fluent oral presentation and discussion of an intellectually serious topic.

Optional Modules

Final year French studies modules

Final year History modules

^Year Two or Three depending on when the year abroad is taken

Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Amazon, British Airways, Civil Service, Grayce Consulting, HM Revenue and Customs, HSBC, Ipsos Mori, Lidl, NBC Universal, Save the Children International and The Department for International Trade.

They have pursued careers such as: business and financial project management professionals; chartered and certified accountants; financial accounts managers; human resources and industrial relations officers; management consultants and business analysts; public services associate professionals, teachers and other educational professionals.

Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who works within Student Careers and Skills to help you as an individual. Additionally your Senior Careers Consultant offers impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events, tailored to our department, throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • What are you doing after Warwick? Career planning for final year language students
  • Careers in the Public Sector
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Completing effective CVs and Application Forms for students from the School of Modern Languages
  • Reflecting on Your Year Abroad
  • Languages Alumni Evening

Find out more about our Careers & Skills here.

A level: AAB to include grade A in A-Level History and grade B in A-Level French

IB: 36 to include 5 in Higher Level French and 6 in Higher Level History

BTEC: Applicants studying a BTEC qualification alongside A level French and A level History will be considered. A typical offer would be to obtain either D in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate and grades A,A in A level French and History OR D* in the BTEC, grade A in A level History and grade B in A level French

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

Arts Excellence Scholarship 2020
£1,000 to home/UK students who achieve AAA+ or equivalent for this course.

UCAS code
RV11

Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department
Department of History

Duration
4 years full-time, including a year abroad

Start date
28 September 2020

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

This information is applicable for 2020 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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