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  • Objectives
    We offer a unique course that is challenging and enjoyable, uniting tradition and innovation in content and approach. We provide breadth of coverage in the core literary periods, as well as depth of chosen specialisation in the third year Dissertation (with one-to-one tuition) and Special Subjects.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements * A/AS Levels: For BA English - 3 A2 levels (ABB in A2 in English Language or English Literature or English Literature and Language). Two AS levels considered in the place of one A2 level. General Studies accepted. For BA English and History - (ABB). English is required at A2 level. General Studies accepted as one of the three A2 levels. * International Baccalaureate: For BA English - Pass Diploma with 34 points, including a 6 in Higher level English. For BA English and History - Pass Diploma with 32 points, including 6 in Higher Level English. * GCSE: Classical or modern language preferred. * European Baccalaureate: pass with 70 % overall, including 8 in English. * Access to HE courses: pass with a substantial number of credits at level 3 and a review of recent written work. * BTEC nationals: Pass in Diploma with DDM, plus any subject / GCSE requirements. * Other qualifications: Other national and international qualifications welcomed. * Mature students welcomed: Alternative qualifications considered. * Second year entry: Possible for those with advanced qualifications compatible with our degree structure. * Applicants are not normally interviewed: all those receiving the offer of admissions will be invited to visit the department. * This degree is not offered on a part-time basis.
  • Academic Title
    BA French and English
  • Course description
    BA French and English


    First Year

    In French you will take Understanding Contemporary France, French language, and an option chosen from 20th Century French Literature and Civilisation Française. In English you will take Approaches to the Study of Literature, The Novel, and Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, OR the History of the English Language.

    Written skills in French are developed through the production of small pieces of creative writing, and other activities, including the use of online language learning and satellite television. Small group oral classes are conducted by native speakers. The School of Modern Languages also offers special training for linguists with its Core Skills module for language learners. All students normally follow a three-week summer programme in France, which is heavily subsidised by the University.

    Second Year

    In addition to the development of language skills, you will take modules on European texts in translation and one French option chosen from a variety of cultural, linguistic and literary topics such as Interpreting, Bande dessinée, Introduction to Francophonie, Introduction to French Cinema. In English, you will take From Satire to Sensibility: Literature 1660 to 1789, Critical Theory, and Renaissance Poetry, OR The Study of Language.

    Third Year*

    The third year is spent in France or a Francophone country, attending approved courses in French language and culture and in English literature and/ or language at selected universities.

    * It is possible, in exceptional cases, to complete this degree in three years, without a year abroad.
    Fourth Year

    In the final year a wide range of options allows you to specialise in areas of studies of particular appeal to you. French options could include French Cinema, Life Writing, Interpreting, Immigration and Ethnicity in Colonial and Post-Colonial France, Gender and Power in Contemporary France. You may choose to write a dissertation in place of one of your options. In English, you will study Postwar to Postmodern: Literature 1945–Present Day and will choose from a wide range of specialised options.

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