Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full-time, normally including a year abroad
27 September 2021
Department of Study
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Location of Study
University of Warwick
French and Theatre Studies (BA) allows you to develop an in-depth knowledge of French language and culture while also exploring theatre and performance studies. You benefit from the full range of expertise on offer in both departments, including cultural and historical modules in the School of Modern Languages, and specialisms in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies in historiography, national theatre cultures, and performance that intervenes in public discourse.
This degree allows you to develop an in-depth knowledge of French language and culture while also exploring theatre and performance studies through both practice and theory. You benefit from the full range of expertise on offer in both departments, including cultural and historical modules in the School of Modern Languages, and specialisms in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies including theatre in the African context, contemporary European theatre, applied theatre and playwriting. You will normally spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.
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 have two core Theatre Studies modules, which will introduce you to key concepts and practices in theatre and performance studies.
In your intermediate and final years, in addition to core and optional modules in Theatre Studies, 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.
How will I learn?
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.
12 hours per week (15 hours per week in first year).
Seminars generally involve around 15 students.
How will I be assessed?
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%.
Your year abroad
We strongly recommend that students take a year abroad, if they are able to. Students may move to a three-year degree if circumstances do not permit them to complete a year abroad. In such cases, there will be further language reinforcement work and students will be encouraged to spend time abroad in other ways, during vacation times.
You will usually 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 year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the department's subject pages for more details.
General entry requirements
- ABB to include A level French
- 34 to include 5 in Higher Level French
- We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside A level French
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
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).
Taking a gap year
Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
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
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.
Theatre and Performance in Context
This module introduces key concepts in theatre and performance studies, uncovering what theatre and performance can tell us about our cultures, societies and identities. These understandings are applied to case studies from around the world, which include ‘canonical’ events and alternative practices, both from within theatres and beyond them. The module hones your academic writing, research and presentation skills, which will serve you throughout your degree.
From Text to Performance
Through practical exploration of a number of selected plays and texts, in this module you will investigate the process of taking material from page to stage or performance, and the relationship between theory and practice. You will have the opportunity to experiment practically with realising multiple texts in performance, considering aspects such as staging, genre, narrative structure, performance strategies, dramaturgical thinking and directorial conceptualization, as well as the changing role and function of the audience.
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.
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.
Examples of optional modules/options for current students:
- See the optional modules for BA French Studies
- See the optional modules for BA Theatre and Performance Studies
^Year Two or Three depending on when the year abroad is taken
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 or study abroad will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.
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Graduates from Modern Language courses have gone on to work for employers including:
- British Airways
- Civil Service
- Grayce Consulting
- HM Revenue and Customs
- Ipsos Mori
- NBC Universal
- Save the Children International
- 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 to support you. They offer impartial advice and guidance, together with workshops and events 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
"Friendly and easy to talk to"
"The department is incredible, they’re always on hand to help me whether it was with my year abroad queries or just general language-related issues. The best thing about them is that they’re really friendly and easy to talk to."
BA Modern Languages
"My favourite module so far is France and the Right, from Dreyfus Affair to Le Pen, mainly because I love looking at French politics. You also get to interact with different source materials such as songs, videos and pamphlets which makes it really interesting, and for the assessment in the module I’m able to write an essay with my own title."
BA English and French
Why did you choose to study languages at Warwick?
"It wasn't that much of a choice in the sense that it was my clearing option, but I looked at the course that was on offer compared to other clearing options that was available to me and Warwick just seemed to be the best option in terms of teaching and how its assessed and module choice as well. I was just like, actually, this is where I want to be."
How did you find the transition from A level to University?
"Everyone says that the transition from A level to University is really scary, but I actually found that the teachers at Warwick made it really easy in terms of grammar when we came in they were just like, right, we want to make sure you're familiar with this and then we're going to throw this in the mix as well, just to see how you cope."
What has been your favourite module so far?
"My favourite module has to be the one I'm currently doing, which is France and the Right, from Dreyfus Affair to Le mainly because I just love French politics, but also you get to see the history of it and interact with different source materials. Like we've looked at songs, we've looked at videos, we've looked at pamphlets, you know, it's really interesting and um, in terms of assessment, I'm able to write an essay with my own title. So I'm actually researching some really interesting stuff for them, and for that, I say that just get me really excited."
Why study cultural modules whilst learning a language?
"A cultural module is definitely help with language modules in the sense that you learn the reasons behind certain language choices. Like for example, when you're looking at newspaper translations, whatever like that, you might find that leftist papers more likely to refer to ‘the Republic’ and ‘Marianne’ and things like that. And you need to know, hold on, what are these things? And that's where the culture modules come in. They sort of tell you what you need for the translations."
What do you like most about being part of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures?
"I have to say the best thing about the School of Modern Languages and Cultures is the people, like the staff are so friendly, they make you feel really welcome. If you have a problem, then someone will say “these are my office hours, come see me”. If you've been talking to them about a particular bit of research and you pass them in the corridor, they re-initiate the conversation."
What is the teaching in the school like?
"Teaching and learning is really interesting in the sense that it's not so much, “I am the teacher I’m going to tell you this”. It's more like, “I am the teacher, what do you think about this?” And then it opens it up to a whole avenue of discussions."
What are your plans after University?
"After university I'm probably hoping to do postgrad and then probably a PhD, because I kind of really like the idea of teaching at University. I've had such positive experiences at myself, so it would kind of be nice to see it from the other side I guess."
What advice would you give to someone looking at studying languages?
"Honestly, it's probably going to be, um, one of the best decisions you've ever made because especially if you come to Warwick, if you ever had any other plans like I did, you don't look back because they make you feel so welcome. You get to do so much interesting stuff and it's taught in such a nice way that you're like, actually, there's not much better than this."
"The teaching’s fantastic, the lecturers are exceptional in terms of how much they know about the subject, which means you can always go to someone if you feel you have a specific area that you’re interested in and want to develop further."
Theatre and Performance Studies BA
Hi I'm Miles, I'm a second year Theatre and Performance student here at the University of Warwick.
What fascinates you about Theatre Studies?
"I've always really been interested in theatre, but much more the performance side of things? It was only when I reached A level that I saw how important the academic and theoretical side of it was, and having studied here for a while now, it really has opened my eyes just how important theatre is."
Why did you choose to study at Warwick?
"I think what first attracted me to study here at Warwick was not necessarily just the range of stuff that’s taught in the department, but also the range of extracurricular activities going on, in terms of the societies and all the clubs you can get involved with, and it really helped me see how you can get a perfect balance between the academic and recreational side of life."
What modules have you enjoyed?
"The module that has most interested me has been the Theatre in the Community module, which I’ve studied this year. This is a module that culminates in a trip to a prison, where we do a workshop with some inmates, and it really helps us understand how practical methods that we use every day as Theatre students can benefit those who don’t come into contact with Theatre as much. Next year I’ll be able to take part in my own dissertation which can either be practical or theoretical. This is one of the really good things about the department, that you can choose to do a theoretical dissertation or a practical one, which really helps you harness the skills that you’ve honed over the past two years."
How do you find the teaching?
"The teaching’s fantastic, the lecturers are exceptional in terms of how much they know about the subject, which means you can always go to someone if you feel you have a specific area that you’re interested in and want to develop further. There’s a really nice mix between more practical workshops and seminars and lectures, which is really shown in the variety of modules themselves, which I think is a really great way of having to understand Theatre further. They are also more than willing to discuss with you and develop your own idea which I think is a really great way to develop independent learning."
How supported do you feel?
"I feel really supported by the department. There’s both a mentor and tutor system which is initiated in year one, which means you not only have a member of staff as somebody who you can go to if you have any personal issues, but also a student in the year above. Which I think is a really, really useful to have."
What are the facilities like in your department?
"Facilities are absolutely fantastic. We’ve got a number of studios which we can use and access regularly, which have their own fully functioning lighting and sound systems. There’s the opportunity for two studio shows each term, which means that students get to put on their own shows in the Arts Centre which is a fantastic opportunity to have."
What is the value of societies?
"Particularly as a theatre student, the role of societies is incredibly important because it allows you to do your own sort of, recreational exploration of Theatre, as well as the academic side, and it’s also a great way to meet and socialise with people from across all years. The ones I’m particularly involved in are WUDS, which is the Warwick University Drama Society, and ShakeSoc which is a specific society that’s dedicated just to looking at the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, which is a fantastic opportunity to have, especially because we’re so close with the RSC, and we get to go out and watch some of their shows, which is absolutely brilliant. The Warwick University Drama Society is also fantastic, they deal with much more – a much wider variety of published plays, and that’s sort of our main drama society."
What has been your favourite memory?
"My favourite memory so far from my course has to have been when I got the opportunity to perform in the Arts Centre. The opportunity to perform in such a fantastic venue is just something that I think I’ll remember forever."
How has your course excited you for life after your studies?
"There’s such a vast array of things that I’ve learned here as part of the Theatre and Performance Studies course, it’s shown that there’s just such a vast array of opportunities to get involved with Theatre aside from just the performance side, so, marketing, or even the theoretical or historical side to Theatre and Performance."
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