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French with Film Studies (BA) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

French with Film Studies (BA)

French with Film Studies (BA)



  • UCAS Code
  • R1W6
  • Qualification
  • BA
  • Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: ABB
  • IB: 34
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)


Our French with Film Studies (BA) degree gives you the opportunity to specialise in French language and culture, while spending a quarter of your time on Film Studies.


French with Film Studies 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. By spending a quarter of your time on Film Studies, you will also acquire a sustained specialist interest in French cinema, Hollywood cinema, and other European film cultures.

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.

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 the core module The Story of Modern France, where you will examine primary texts from major periods and events in French history, literature, and politics; you will choose one further first-year module in French. You will take a module in Film Studies and you'll also be able to choose a second module focusing on French culture in your first year.

Having acquired foundation skills in your first year, you will go on to develop your language skills on more advanced language modules in the intermediate and final years, as well as pursuing 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 Film Studies.

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

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: ABB to include A Level French

IB: 34 to include 5 in Higher 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.

The Story of Modern France

Why is modern France obsessed by the past? What are the milestones in the creation of modern France? How have notions of France and Frenchness been shaped through the stories told about them? These are some of the questions you’ll explore through close reading of primary sources from major periods and events in French history. You’ll be guided on your journey by a range of materials, from the cartoons of May 1968 to prints dating back to the French Revolution, and from stories of Charlemagne to films and texts reflecting France’s ongoing preoccupation with its (often controversial) recent past. Equipped with these foundations, you will be well prepared to study further aspects of French and Francophone culture in the later stages of your degree.

Discovering Cinema

This module is intended to introduce students to the techniques and skills of textual analysis and to develop their understanding and appreciation of cinema both past and present. It aims to introduce cinema through a range of critical lenses and frameworks, familiarising students with key formal strategies and critical concepts that are necessary for analysing films. It is designed to ensure that students are adept at examining the various visual, aural and narrative conventions by which they create meaning and how these meanings have been understood within the academic field of film studies.

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.

Hollywood Cinema

By studying popular genres, films and stars from significant periods of Hollywood history, you will undertake readings and screenings of the historical range of Hollywood production, from the late 1920s to the present day. You will explore the practices and cultures of Hollywood film production, and its aesthetic tradition, codes and conventions in their historical context. You will be expected to justify your own interpretations and comparisons using critical resources and analytical skills, and demonstrate your knowledge of the social and cultural history of Hollywood cinema.

French Cinema

This module introduces candidates to a cross-section of major French films from the silent period to the present day, with particular reference to the 1930s (Vigo, Renoir), the post-war years (Clouzot, Bresson), the 1960s (the nouvelle vague of Truffaut, Godard, Varda, Rivette), and developments through the 1980s and 1990s and since (Malle, Beineix, Denis, Kassovitz, and others). Particular attention will be paid to changes in style, genre, and cinematographic form and to the evolving social and political context of film-making in France during the period.

Optional Modules

Intermediate year French modules

Intermediate year SMLC 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

Intermediate year French modules

Intermediate year SMLC 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: ABB to include A Level French

IB: 34 to include 5 in Higher Level French

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

UCAS code
R1W6

Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department
School of Modern Languages and Cultures

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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