The placement year is so valuable. I gained much experience and exposure to the business world, as well as another culture."
Consulate for Deloitte, Switzerland
ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including French and German Grade B. General Studies accepted.*Variable offers available
4 years full-time with integrated year abroad UCAS Code: RR12 Please note this UCAS code applies to applicants who wish to apply for Post A-Level German or for beginners German. Typical OffersA Levels: ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including French and German Grade B. General Studies accepted. Applicants for beginners German 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 German 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 and German. 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 and German or equivalent required. BTEC: National Extended Diploma DDD. A-level grade B in French and German 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.
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: French Language Skills I Optional: Introduction to the French-Speaking CountriesIBE (France)
Core: French Language Skills II Optional: Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)IBE (France)TESOL
Integrated Year Abroad
Core: French Language Skills III Research Dissertation Optional: La France d’Outre MerVichy France: Occupation,Collaboration, LiberationContemporary FrenchTechnology in France: Inventing Progress and DisasterRepresentations of Minorities
Core modules: Introduction to Language and Communication French Language Skills Ab Initio I German Language Skills I Introduction to the German -Speaking Countries IBE (Germany)
Core modules: Introduction to the French-Speaking Countries French Language Skills Ab Initio II German Language Skills II Politics and Society (German-speaking countries) IBE (German)
Optional modules: TESOL
Compulsory Placement / Year Abroad
Core: French Language Skills III German Language Skills III Research Dissertation
Optional: La France d’Outre Mer Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation Contemporary French Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster French Research Dissertation Representations of Minorities Cultural Identities in the German-speaking countries Global Germany IBE (German)
Core modules: Introduction to Film Studies French Language Skills I German Language Skills Ab Initio I Introduction to the German-Speaking Countries Introduction to Language and CommunicationIBE (Germany)
Optional modules: Introduction to the French -Speaking Countries IBE (France)
Core modules: Crossing Boundaries: Migrant and Transnational Cinema French Language Skills II German Language Skills Ab Initio II Politics and Society (German-speaking countries) IBE (German)
Optional modules: Politics and Society (French-speaking countries) Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries) IBE (France) TESOL
Core: French Language Skills III German Language Skills III Research Dissertation
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 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.
“At Aston, research is not an ‘ivory tower’ activity but a way of engaging with the world around us. We aim to make a real impact through our research – and that begins in the classroom. My own teaching is always informed by the latest thinking in my areas of specialism, which include migration studies, German history and society, and European Studies. A recent example is my volume on EU-enlargement. The material is perfect to be used in my seminar on German Politics and Society. Should Turkey join the European Union? Should Greece leave? Why does Croatia join and not Serbia? And what about the UK? After I chart Germany’s position on these questions, students engage in lively and sometimes controversial small-group discussion about the nature of the European Union. This is just one example of how my research feeds into and enlivens my teaching. We aim to equip our students with an in-depth and relevant understanding of the modern world. Our research helps us to achieve this aim.”
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.