BSc French & Spanish
A-Level: ABB-BBB from 3 subjects, including French Grade B. General Studies accepted. BTEC also accepted, see below for details*Variable offers available. BTEC also accepted, see below for details.
4 years full-time with integrated year abroad
UCAS Code: LR41 Typical Offers A Levels: ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including French Grade B. General Studies accepted.
Applicants for the beginners language route are not required to have any previous experience of language learning but we would anticipate that applicants receiving an offer would demonstrate a clear commitment to studying languages via the AS Personal Statement. Applicants with GCSE languages are welcome to apply for the ab initio programmes. Applicants with AS would normally be interviewed and may receive an offer for the ab initio programme or for the post A-Level programme depending on the level of language demonstrated at interview.
Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated above. In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (eg GCSEs), your school/college reference and the commitment and motivation you demonstrate for your chosen course via the personal statement. Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via email@example.com. If you already have your grades and would like to check your suitability for one of our courses please contact us via e-mail. Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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IB: 32-33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. Standard level Maths and English 5 required and 6 in Higher Level French. Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module. Humanities or Social Sciences Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis. A-level grade B in French or equivalent. BTEC: National Extended Diploma DDD . A-level grade B in French or equivalent. Mix of Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable. We accept a wide range of UK, EU and International qualifications: please contact us for further advice. Specific subject requirements: GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.
The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor. Tuition fees 2018/19: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,300 (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas students. More on fees. Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.
Our French studies course is designed to develop your linguistic skills to near-native proficiency and fluency. We stress the development of your practical command of French, emphasising language as a means of communication and mutual understanding. Our programme is also designed to develop your understanding of French culture and society – its traditions, its complexities, its underlying ideas – and to develop your critical, analytical and collaborative skills. Language classes are supplemented by a series of thematic modules, also taught in French, which focus on contemporary French society, and particularly on French politics, history, sociolinguistics, media, film and literature. You will be taught by research experts with international reputations in their fields, all in a lively, friendly, experienced and enthusiastic department.
The Sociology programme at Aston is designed to develop your sociological analysis and research skills, help you develop informed understanding of the major debates shaping today’s society, and cultivate a wider ‘sociological imagination’ about the contemporary world. The course deals with social theory, research methods and ‘substantive’ modules equally in each year, revisiting certain core themes and skills at higher levels of analysis at various points in the programme. You will complete introductory and intermediate modules in research methods in preparation for designing your own independent research project in the Final Year. You will also establish foundations in sociological approaches to gender, ‘race’, class, and sexuality. This will feed into higher level courses that deal with more complex issues including the relationship between science and ‘race’, reproductive politics, corporate power, climate change, ageing, religion and media power.
Sample module options: The modules below are indicative only. When an offer is made, students will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.
Core modules: Social Theory 1Becoming a Social Scientist
French Language Skills I
Optional modules:Introduction to the French -Speaking CountriesIBE (France)
Core modules: Research MethodsContemporary Social Theory
French Language Skills II
Optional modules: Advanced Contemporary Social TheoryAdvanced Research MethodsGlobal SocietyEmbodiment and Feminist TheoryCSI: Crime, Subversion and InjusticeMedia and SocietyKith and Kin: Family Lives in a Social ContextThe Social Life of StuffHealth MattersRace and RacismsContested Cities and Changing Neighbourhoods
Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)IBE (France)TESOL
Integrated year abroad
Core modules: Dissertation
French Language Skills III
Optional modules: Ageing, Society, and PolicyWork, Organisations and SocietyRacism, Class and GenderContemporary Social MovementsCorporate Power in a Globalised WorldSport, Culture and SocietyPregnancy and PoliticsFood and Society in a Global ContextLearning to Labour: Education and SocietyReligion and SocietyPopular Music and SocietyInternational Migration and PolicyHealth PolicyThe Challenges of Climate ChangeThe Citizen and the State
La France d’Outre MerVichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, LiberationContemporary FrenchTechnology in France: Inventing Progress and DisasterFrench Research Dissertation Representations of Minorities
You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. We teach our French course in French, which means that our students are at a real advantage when it comes to gaining maximum benefit and experience from the year abroad. You will be allocated a Personal Tutor when you join us and you will be encouraged to make regular contact with them throughout your studies. Personal Tutors are there to help discuss academic and, in some cases, personal issues. Personal Tutors can also often offer support by writing references for placement/graduate employment and academic research.
Assessment is through a combination of written and oral exams, coursework, essays, translation tasks, presentations and an extended dissertation during your Final Year. Exams take place in January and May/June.
“I work on social movements, particularly environmental movements, and especially in France. I have just returned from a two-year EU research fellowship in Rennes, working on protest movements such as the current campaign against the construction of a new airport just north of Nantes. My work centres on collective memory, and what I call ‘activist tradition’ – in other words, how contemporary campaigns relate to previous campaigns, how the meaning of the past is a focus of dispute, and how this affects the forms that social movement campaigns take today. I teach a Year 2 module here at Aston called ‘French Society: Conflict & Consensus’, where I get to talk about these issues and ideas – how disputes about the environment, or about industrial relations, or about the education system, or about rioting in the suburbs, aren’t just disputes about what should or shouldn’t happen today and tomorrow – but also what it means to be French, what liberté and égalité and fraternité should be, what the Republic is. It’s great preparation for students about to go on their year abroad!”
“Sport is more than a game, it is big business, it is intense local and national rivalry and it reflects society more generally in terms of racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination. I have co-edited two books on South African football and have authored numerous journal articles on colonial era sporting tours and on postcolonialism in sport in the global era. I am currently researching and writing on the spread of football around the world in the early 20th century and on the emergence of professional football in apartheid South Africa. I teach a Final Year module called the ‘Sociology of Sport and Society’ in which we discuss many of the above issues. One of field trips we undertake is to watch a football match at one of Birmingham’s professional teams. Sociology allows me to see, interpret and understand the world around me differently. With a sociological lens, watching, consuming and participating in sport is immensely rewarding and helps understand society in a different way.”
Campus accommodation guaranteed for First Year and Final Year students returning from year abroad.
The Third Year of your course is spent abroad in a French speaking country - increasing your fluency, enhancing your cultural awareness and adding value to your degree. The year abroad is an integral and assessed part of language studies at Aston University, fully supported by us, and of direct relevance to your degree. A distinctive feature of our year abroad is the flexibility that we offer. You will be able to choose between undertaking a paid work-experience placement with a company, working as a teaching assistant in a school or studying at one of our partner universities. We are extremely proud of the high level of preparation, orientation and support that we provide before and during your year abroad. We have a full-time International Placements Team who will give you plenty of individual help and advice, and even come and visit you during your time away. Find out more about the year abroad.