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BA (Honours) Humanities: French pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

You’ll begin your studies with the compulsory 60-credit module The arts past and present (AA100)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-6,module,AA100,,1, an absorbing and broad-based grounding in the arts and humanities, including:

  • history    
  • philosophy
  • music
  • literature
  • art history
  • classical studies
  • religious studies.

You’ll develop essential study skills while engaging with a wide range of topics, periods and approaches and enhancing your enjoyment and understanding of fascinating and diverse aspects of human culture.

As a beginner in French, you’ll start with Bon départ: beginners' French (L192)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-6,module,L192,,1, a carefully designed beginner’s module that helps you speak and understand French in a wide range of practical situations, while exploring French life and culture. You’ll build on this study in Ouverture: intermediate French (L120)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-6,module,L120,,1. It further develops your proficiency and confidence in understanding writing and speaking French. You’ll also continue your study of French culture with a look at leisure, traditions, communities, consumerism and working lives.

Stage 2

You’ll progress in your specialist study with the 60-credit module Envol: upper intermediate French (L211)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-6,module,L211,,1 which will expand your ability to use the language, deepen your cultural knowledge and develop your study skills. It uses an exciting blend of interactive online, audio-visual and print resources to give you a structured overview of key aspects of life in the French-speaking world today. You‘ll study a number of topics including: lifestyle, habitat, culture, the environment, politics, science and technology.

You could decide to complete Stage 2 by continuing your study of interdisciplinary humanities. Alternatively, you can choose from a wide range of modules covering art history, classical studies, classical languages, creative writing, heritage studies, literature, music, English language, philosophy, religious studies, history, German and Spanish. Before you decide, you should think ahead to Stage 3, because most modules recommend you should study a particular Level 2 module first.

These modules can be studied in any order and throughout this stage, you’ll continue to develop your critical thinking, writing and analysis skills. You’ll also begin to work and think more independently in relation to a range of problems and questions posed by your course of study.

Stage 3

Your specialist study concludes with the 60-credit module Mises au point: advanced French (L310)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-6,module,L310,,1. You’ll use authentic online audio and video resources and print materials to familiarise yourself with everyday genres such as interviews, discussions and reportages – developing intercultural awareness and critical and analytical skills. You’ll also learn how to write for an academic audience. Themes include: history, multicultural France, the media, the arts, science and technology and expression and identity in the French-speaking world. 

You can also choose from a wide range of modules covering art history, classical studies, creative writing, literature, music, English language, philosophy, religious studies, history, German and Spanish. You should bear in mind that most of these modules recommend that you have studied a particular Level 2 module first.

(If you live in England and intend to apply for a student loan, please note that some of the Level 3 history options are produced in collaboration with other universities and are therefore not eligible for student loan funding.)

These modules can be studied in any order and being at Level 3, you’ll work more independently than you did at Levels 1 and 2, and devote some of your study time to exploring topics and issues in greater detail.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes six years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from three to 16 years if you start with intermediate French, or four to 16 years if you start with beginner’s French.

We recommend spreading Stage 1 over two years, giving you time to get used to distance learning as well as a solid foundation of knowledge and skills for future study. You could then continue at this pace or speed up to complete in four or five years.

If you are considering taking just three years, the equivalent to full-time study, we strongly recommend that you first speak to an adviser


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Learning outcomes

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