Why study French and Linguistics at Warwick?
- Our School of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises excellent academic specialisms (French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies) and the Language Centre (whose offerings also include Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Portuguese), leading to a powerful combination of languages, research interests and degree courses.
- The constituent academic subjects have consistently ranked among the very best in the UK in national and international league tables and are well known for their excellent scores in terms of student satisfaction. Modules and degree courses are under constant review, ensuring that they are fresh, effective and challenging. Some courses are open to students who are beginners or intermediate in a language.
- You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:
- the University Language Centre, where there are opportunities to take extra language courses in addition to your main course of study (additional fees apply)
- the Transnational Resources Centre (TRC), giving you exclusive access to over 3,000 DVDs in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese plus multimedia facilities, satellite television with integrated off-air recording facilities, video-editing software (with technical support), and DVD projection equipment.
Dr Kate Astbury
Why study at Warwick
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
During your degree in French, we will equip you to become a highly employable linguist with the additional skills of analysis, argument, presentation, as well as first-hand experience of living 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. Depending on your degree combination, you may also take modules that focus on other aspects of French Studies: culture, society, literature, film and history.
Having acquired foundation skills in your first year, you will go on to develop both your language skills, on our compulsory language modules in the intermediate and final years, and your own particular interests beyond the language (degree combination permitting). You will spend a year abroad in either your second or third year, either as a language assistant, studying at one of our partner institutions (including the Sorbonne, or universities in Grenoble, Caen, Brussels or Martinique in the French Caribbean), or undertaking an approved work placement.
On the French and Linguistics course you will study 50% French and 50% Linguistics. After beginning the course, you may be able to transfer to French with Linguistics, which would enable you to study 75% French and 25% Linguistics.
Linguistics is the study of how language works. In the first year you will learn how language is structured (syntax), how we use it to construct meaning (semantics), how context contributes to meaning (pragmatics) and the part that sounds and sound patterns play (phonetics and phonology). You will have the chance to explore examples from different cultural, historical and linguistic contexts and to develop practical analytical skills.
If you choose to spend half of your time on Linguistics, in the first year you will also study a module on Language in Society. This will give you an insight into the relationship between language, culture and identity and you will study issues related to language and media, politics and education.
In your intermediate year you will focus on developing further your skills and knowledge about language and the tools which enable you to collect data about language use. If you choose to spend 50% of your time on Linguistics, you will also develop further your knowledge of the social contexts of language, on how we acquire language and you will learn about cultural differences and intercultural communication in international professional contexts.
In the final year you can develop a research project and/or have the opportunity to study option modules that match your own interests.
How will I learn?
Teaching approaches depend on the kind of material to be covered, but will usually involve a combination of lectures, seminars, lab-based language classes and reading groups. Language learning relies heavily on small group teaching by core staff, native speakers and government-sponsored lectors. You can expect around 10-12 hours of teaching per week. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, writing essays and working on your language skills.
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.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
You will spend a year of your course abroad, either in your second or third year. We offer placements at carefully chosen partner institutions through our study abroad scheme or through independent partnerships. In some countries is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant, or to set up an independent work placement.
A level AAB including French
International Baccalaureate: 36 points including 5 in Higher Level French.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
All candidates must offer A Level or Higher Level qualifications in French.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews We do not normally interview candidates for any of our degree courses but may do so if we receive an application from someone with 'non-standard' qualifications.
Department offer holder days Candidates will be invited to one of four departmental offer-holder Open Days once they have been offered a place. Open Days take place during the spring term. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
We offer a wide variety of modules exploring French language, culture society and history.
More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.
Please note: Course structure is indicative. Modules on offer change year on year, dependent on staff research interests and availability.
What careers can a Warwick degree in French and Linguistics lead to?
Our Modern Languages graduates have advanced linguistic skills, excellent intercultural awareness and highly
developed transferable skills, which are extremely sought after by employers.
Our graduates have entered fields as diverse as the media, the United Nations, company management, accountancy and finance, media and publishing, teaching, translating/interpreting, the civil service, law, travel and tourism, and arts and events management. Others choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level.
Examples of some of our recent graduates' careers include Assistant Producer, France 24 TV; Customer Care
Professional – German market, American Express; Fraud Investigator, Apple; Translator, The Lonely Planet; International Marketing Assistant, Next plc; International Graduate, HSBC Private Bank.
A level: AAB including French
IB: 36 points including 5 in Higher Level French.
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year) including a year abroad
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.