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BSc Sociology and French

Why Choose this course?

  • 2nd (84%) for Graduate Level Destinations six months after graduation, Guardian, 2014 
  • 92% of Sociology students at Aston are satisfied with the quality of their course (National Student Survey, 2012)
  • French at Aston is ranked 11th in the UK for Employability in the Complete University Guide 2015.
  • This subject line at Aston is ranked Top 15 in the UK for student satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2015.
  • Contemporary and applied focus, with a high level of teaching delivered in French
  • Sociology at Aston is currently ranked Top 15 in the UK for Employability in the 2015 Complete University Guide. 

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. 

If your predicted grades are close to those stated in Aston's typical offers and if you are interested in Aston University and the courses we offer we encourage you to apply to us as one of your 5 UCAS choices. In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (eg AS grades, 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.

View our Admissions Policy. 

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.

Tuition fees 2014/15: £9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students. More on fees

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

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’ of 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, environmental justice and media power.

Sample module options: The following module descriptions are indications only -  the University reserves the right to change the modules on offer, the module content and the assessment methods.  

Click on the module titles to find out more.

Year 1
Core modules:

Social Theory 1     LK1007
Becoming a Social Scientist     LK1011

French Language Skills I     LF1005
Introduction to French Culture     LF1024
France since the Revolution     LF1025

Year 2

Core modules:

Research Methods 2     LK2002
Social Theory 2     LK2001

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


Choice of options to total 20 credits:

Global Society     LK2004
Embodiment and Feminist Theory     LK2005
CSI: Crime, Subversion and Injustice     LK2006
Media and Society     LK2007
Race and Racisms     LK2008


Year 3 - Year Abroad

Compulsory Placement / Year Abroad

 

 

Aston is 6th for Languages Graduate Level Destinations sixth months after Graduation - Guardian 2013

 

Our graduates are in demand from a wide range of employers who value their understanding of different cultures and societies, their communication skills and motivation for team work. Destinations for Language and Translation Studies graduates over the past three years include:   

 

  • English Teacher, Business Language Skills
  • PR Graduate Scheme, LIDL
  • French Customer Service Co-ordinator, CRP
  • Bilingual Sales Coordinator, Narrow Aisle Ltd
  • Language Assistant, British Council
  • Translator/Analytical Support, B&Q
  • Immigration Assistant, Australian Embassy UK
  • Marketing Analyst, Deutsche Bank
  • Graduate Trainee Managers for British Airways, Aldi Stores, John Lewis and Selfridges
  • Journalist, Tatler Magazine
  • Account Manager Interpreting, Smoby (French Toy Company)
  • Senior Administrator, Michelin
  • Public Relations Officers for a number of companies
  • European Union/European Parliament Officers/Assistants
  • PGCE Secondary Teaching Qualification at universities including King’s College London, Warwick University and Exeter
  • Marketing Assistant at Beiersdorf 

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.

For further information, see the Sociology Joint Honours programme specification and the French Joint Honours programme specification.

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 Chris Bolsmann - Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Dr Chris Bolsmann

“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.

Contact Details

Tel: 0121 204 3777
Email: lss_ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk

Graduate Profile

Graduate Profile

Amy Leighton, Graduate 2012

BSc Sociology and Business

I undertook my first 12 month placement at a creative undergraduate agency, designing marketing campaigns for companies such Morgan Stanley, UBS and Nestle. My Placement Year strengthened my ability to communicate with others effectively and take on vast amounts of responsibility quickly. I now work as a Product Marketing Manager for Atos.

 

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