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French/Japanese (4 years)

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

Program description

French/Japanese (4 years)

Our aim at the School of Modern Languages is to develop and educate our students to become ‘global citizens’.  In addition to developing high-level language skills, our BA French and Japanese programme allows you to gain an in-depth intercultural understanding that encompasses a specific knowledge of French and Japanese culture. You will develop high-level communication and critical-thinking skills, and foster resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.

France is a major actor on the European and world stage, possessing rich and sophisticated cultures. French is one of the official working languages of the European Union and of the United Nations

Contemporary Japan is founded on a rich and fascinating cultural history that stretches back thousands of years. It remains a major economic power as well as an innovator in the fast-moving automotive and electronic industries. By studying Japanese, you will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

By studying French combined with Japanese you will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

We offer French language for advanced students and beginners and Japanese language for beginners only. In terms of language acquisition, this course will enable you to develop your writing, oral and aural skills through a range of learning activities and audio-visual materials. In your first year, in addition to your language tuition, an introduction to French and Japanese history and culture seeks to provide a solid foundation for more specialised studies as you progress through your course.

Your understanding of the language will be further developed and refined during your year abroad, when you will experience life in a French-speaking and a Japanese-speaking country at first hand. 

In the final year, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation, which stimulates initiative and can serve as a useful preparation for postgraduate study. 

It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself, it involves exploring many aspects of a country, and we aspire to offer a genuinely broad course that offers challenging and stimulating modules. 

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

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB - BBB. Applicants holding a B in relevant language A-levels will have access to the Languages advanced pathways. Please note that 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

  • Japan in Context
  • National and Global Perspectives on France
  • Japanese for Post-A Level Learners
  • Elementary Japanese
  • Advanced French Language Year 1
  • Beginners French Language Year 1
  • Intermediate Japanese
  • Japanese Culture and Society
  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 French
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 French
  • Introduction to Specialised Translation
  • The World & Language of Business (French Ex-Beginners)
  • Cultures in Context (French)
  • The World & Language of Business (French)
  • Sandwich Year Project (Autumn Semester)
  • Sandwich Year Project (Spring Semester)
  • Study Programme in Japan (Semester - Autumn)
  • Study Programme in Japan (Semester - Spring)
  • 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 Japanese Language
  • 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 - Japanese (in English/Welsh)
  • Memory & Symbols in Japan
  • 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, in English, French and Japanese.
  • 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 a range of 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 of 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 and Japan.
  • 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.
  • Skills such as leadership, teamwork and self-management
  • Identifying, recording and communicating your relevant career attainments.

Career opportunities

Many graduates enjoy their year overseas so much that they take time out for more travel, or go abroad on graduation in search of employment.

Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many pursue postgraduate studies such as one of the School’s Postgraduate Taught degrees or a PGCE. Others start work immediately following their studies, and our graduates go on to secure excellent careers in international diplomacy, the Civil Service, teaching, business and journalism. Other employment options include roles as translators, language assistants, export assistants and proof-readers.

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