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BSc French & English Language

French English Marianne Cowie

Studying in France was great for building my confidence, determination and self-belief."
Marianne Cowie Project Manager at Comtec Translations

Entry requirements

A Levels: ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including French Grade B.  General Studies accepted.

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 innovative English Language degree aims to provide you with a theoretical knowledge and understanding of the English language, how it works in society and its role in the world today.
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French at Aston is ranked 6th in the UK for Student Satisfaction, in the Complete University Guide 2017
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French at Aston is in the Top 10 for both Teaching Quality and Student Experience
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English Language at Aston is ranked in the Top 25 in the UK for Graduate Prospects in both the Complete University Guide, 2017 and the Sunday Times League Tables, 2016.
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Contemporary and applied focus, with a high level of teaching delivered in French

4 years full-time with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code:
QR31

Typical Offers
A Levels:
ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including French Grade B.  General Studies accepted. 

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 lss_ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk.  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 lss_ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk. 

View our Admissions Policy. 

IB: 32-33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. Standard level Maths and English 5 required and Higher Level French grade 6.
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.

Tuition fees 2017/18: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,000 (£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.

Our innovative English Language degree aims to provide you with a theoretical knowledge and understanding of the English language, how it works in society and its role in the world today. At the same time we emphasise the practical application of English Language studies to the real world through professionally relevant modules in areas such as Teaching and Learning English or Language in the Workplace or Language and the Law. Your First Year of studying English Language at Aston will give you a broad introduction to language and meaning, to the influence of form and context and to the role of language in society. In the Second Year you build upon the themes introduced in your First Year through the study of core and elective modules designed to equip you to describe the features of spoken and written language in technical detail, as well as collecting, managing and working with linguistic data. In the Final Year you can choose from a wide range of elective modules to suit your interests and/or career plans. You will also produce a substantial piece of individual work in the form of a dissertation on an agreed topic of your choice.

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.

Click on the module titles to find out more.

Year 1

Core modules:
French Language Skills I     (LF1005) 
Introduction to French Culture     (LF1024) 
France since the Revolution     (LF1025)

Introduction to English Language: contexts, modes and media     (LE1085) 
Introduction to English Language: Language in Society     (LE1086) 
Grammar and Meaning     (LE1008) 
Academic Communication Skills     LE1087


Year 2

Core modules:

French Language Skills II     (LF2005)
Reading the French Press     (LF2016) 
France in the Fifth Republic     (LF2050) 
French Society: Conflict and Consensus     (LF2009) 
History of the French Language     (LF2014) 


Research Methods in Language and Communication
     (LE2019) 
Variations of English     (LE2053) 
Working with Language Data     (LE2032) 

Choose 20 credits from the following:

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages  (20 Credit)   (LE2055) 
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages  (10 Credit)  (LE2012)
Language at Work    (LE2007) 
Computer-mediated communication     (LE2057) 
The Language of the Law     (LE2056) 
Language in the News Media     (LE2022) 
Work Based Project (10 Credit) (LE2058)
OR
Work Based Project  (20 Credit) (LE2059)
 




Year 3 - Year Abroad

Compulsory Placement / Year Abroad

Final Year
Core:

French Language Skills III     (LF3002) 
French Research Dissertation     (LF3203)  

English Dissertation     (LE3006) 

Options:

La France d’Outre Mer     (LF3404) 
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation     (LF3006) 
Contemporary French     (LF3007) 
Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster     (LF3009)

Spoken Discourse Analysis     (LE3022)
Learning English    (LE3026)
Corpus Linguistics     (LE3028) 
Multimodal Analysis     (LE3029) 
Language as Evidence     (LE3031)
Language Contact and Globalization    (LE3033) 


This course aims to enable students to research in significant depth a topic in English Language, and address, elaborate and apply key concepts used in the linguistic analysis of discourse, in professional, social, educational and/or cultural institutions and contexts. The dissertation allows students to undertake supervised research on a topic that is new to them. It is the longest and most sustained piece of research undertaken in the English Language part of their degree programme.

Assessment method: Dissertation proposal (20%), Dissertation (80%) 

Our graduates are in demand from a wide range of employers who value their understanding of different organisations, their communication skills and motivation for team work.  For information on graduate destinations please see the careers service: http://www.aston.ac.uk/current-students/careers-centre/graduate-destinations/lss/ 

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 studies courses 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.

Dr Graeme Hayes - Senior Lecturer in French 

Graeme Hayes

“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!”

Dr Krzysztof Kredens - Director of Undergraduate Programmes in English Language

Dr Kredens

“In my five years at Aston possibly the most flattering praise I received came from a student who said ‘This module messes with my head’. ‘Messing with students’ heads’ is not necessarily what the official course description promises but in my teaching I try and challenge students’ perceptions of what language is and what it can – and cannot – do for them. The key message I try to get across is that understanding the linguistic phenomena we encounter, but rarely notice, on an every-day basis is crucial for understanding and shaping the world around us. We all acquire knowledge in essentially two ways – either through direct experience or from others. For most of our knowledge we have to rely on other people’s perceptions, which, before reaching us, are encoded into language. Language then carries knowledge; once we realise the importance of this simple notion, we can make fully informed and conscious choices as to how we can use language as a powerful tool to achieve certain aims. At Aston our focus is on language use rather than structure. We do make sure our students acquire the relevant theoretical concepts, but our ultimate aim is to show how language works in actual interactions. We focus on the practical applications of English Language studies. We are passionate about teaching and, importantly, use our own research to inform it. As a result our students often have access to the latest research findings even before they are published in academic journals or the media.”

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.


"Interested? I'd love to hear from you"

Dr Olga Castro
Dr Olga Castro- Head of Translation Studies

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