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4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Cardiff
English

Program description

French

Our aim at the School of Modern Languages is to enable our students to become ‘global citizens’. Our graduates are highly skilled linguists with a comprehensive skillset which prepares them to work in a host of careers and professions nationally and internationally. 

Our BA French programme (which has both beginner and post A-level entry points) allows you to gain very high level language skills and an in-depth intercultural understanding of French and Francophone culture. A year abroad spent working, studying or teaching in the French-speaking world hones your language, your intercultural awareness and builds a valuable skill set for your CV in a job market thirsty for strong foreign language capability.

France is a major language with a global reach, possessing a rich and sophisticated culture. French is one of the official working languages of the European Union and of the United Nations. By studying French, you will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly international workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

On completion of this four-year programme, you will have a high level of proficiency in the language, as well as a critical understanding of key aspects of French history, culture, literature, politics and contemporary society depending on your areas of specialisation.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB - BBB. Applicants holding a B in French will have access to the Languages advanced pathways. Please note General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

  • National and Global Perspectives on France
  • Advanced French Language Year 1
  • Beginners French Language Year 1
  • Understanding Hispanidad in a Global Context
  • Advanced Spanish Language Year 1
  • Beginners Spanish Language Year 1
  • Japanese for Post-A Level Learners
  • Elementary Japanese
  • Japan in Context
  • Histories and Cultures of the Portuguese-Speaking World: National and Transnational
  • Portuguese Language for Heritage Learners Year 1
  • Advanced Portuguese Language Year 1
  • Beginners Portuguese Language Year 1
  • German History and Culture in Transnational Context
  • Advanced German Language Year 1
  • Beginners German Language Year 1
  • Introduction to Translation Methods
  • Introduction to Translation Theory
  • Introduction to Italian Studies in a Transnational Context
  • Advanced Italian Language (Year 1)
  • Beginners Italian Language Year 1
  • Cultures in Context (French)
  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 French
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 French
  • Cultures in Context (Spanish)
  • Introduction to Specialised Translation
  • Cultures in Context (Portuguese)
  • The World & Language of Business (French Ex-Beginners)
  • The World & Language of Business (French)
  • Cultures in Context (German)
  • Whose ‘culture’ is it anyway? Identity, Power and Memory in C20th Italy
  • Sandwich Year Project (Autumn Semester)
  • Sandwich Year Project (Spring Semester)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (French, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (French, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (French)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (French)
  • High-Level Proficiency in French Language
  • Culture, Political Protest & Dissent in the 1960s
  • European Cinema: Thinking the Real of Fiction
  • Student Teaching Module
  • Final Year Dissertation - French (in English/Welsh)
  • Final Year Dissertation - French (in French)
  • Multimedia Adaptation: Film, Television & Radio
  • Conflict, Consensus & The French Labour Movement

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK and EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £18,200

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to speak, write, and understand one or more foreign languages to a high level of competency.
  • An in-depth intercultural understanding including specific knowledge of other cultures, allied to the ability to navigate and mediate between more than one culture.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech, both in English and French.
  • Applying a range of strategies to initiate and undertake analysis of information.
  • Reaching conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of views and arguments, justifying these with sound reasoning and detailed interpretations of source material.
  • Relevant and effective research techniques to plan and write an academic essay, using the correct referencing conventions.
  • Critical evaluation of ideas and arguments, through the coherent presentation of information and ideas using a plethora of written and oral skills.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Using IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate.
  • Resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.
  • Communication and critical-thinking skills.
  • Working to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
  • Working as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem solving.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to grasp complex issues with confidence.
  • The ability to analyse complex texts.
  • The ability to interpret and apply relevant data.
  • Practical research skills.
  • Imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
  • Learning from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights.
  • Enhanced linguistic skills, as well as a broad appreciation of the culture and literature of France.
  • Taking responsibility for your own learning programme and Professional development.
  • Critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice).
  • Creativity and innovative thinking.
  • Leadership, teamwork and self-management skills.

Career opportunities

Many graduates enjoy their year overseas so much that after graduation they take time out to continue travelling or they go abroad to work.

Our graduates flourish in the job market as our employment statistics underline. Their language degrees lead them into a diverse and exciting range of careers which have included finance, international sport liaison roles, business consultancy, education, health, the media, politics, diplomacy, interpreting, translation, law and teaching.

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