What’s the significance of learning French in our globalised world? How can developing linguistic and intercultural skills allow you to truly become a ‘global citizen’?
This course gives you a broad understanding of French language and thought, in a variety of historical and geographical contexts. We focus particularly on the ways in which encounters with other cultures transform French language, culture and society: you’ll explore ethnic diversity in contemporary France and the complexity of Francophone cultures in places as diverse as Quebec, the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa.
Our graduates have excellent written and oral communication skills, both in French and in English. They are flexible, independent and open to new ideas and challenges. In recent years, our graduates have gone on to put their high-level language skills to use in fields as diverse as teaching, tourism, business, journalism and translation, working in the UK and across the globe.
French is studied as a global language at Stirling, with an emphasis on the contemporary period and the factors which have shaped the modern nation, such as the lasting influence of the French empire which continues to affect France’s relationships with other parts of the globe, including North and Sub-Saharan Africa, and North America. French at Stirling is particularly strong in areas related to film and other visual cultures and in its focus on France’s connections with other countries, regions and cultures.
As well as examining France and the Francophone world from a range of different perspectives, you will also have a number of opportunities to spend time living, studying and/or working in France or another part of the Francophone world. You might, for example, apply to spend a year working as an English Language Assistant anywhere from the Alps to France’s Atlantic coast, or further afield in Quebec or in the French Caribbean. Most of the degree combinations we offer with French also include a semester of study abroad at one of our partner institutions in France, Morocco, Switzerland or Quebec.
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If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
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If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,555.00|
|Scottish and EU students||TBC|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,275.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
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You will take French plus two other subjects in the first year (Semesters 1 and 2).
Year 1 and Year 2 modules concentrate primarily on the development of France and the Francophone world from the French Revolution until the present day, with a primary focus on the 20th and 21st centuries. You will study aspects of French and Francophone language, history, society, business, literature, art and film. In year 3 and 4 you will continue your study of the French language, and there is the opportunity to specialise in a range of areas related to France and the wider ‘Francophone world’.
Semester 1-4 French modules concentrate primarily on the development of France and the Francophone world from the French Revolution until the present day, with a primary focus on the 20th and 21st centuries. You will study key aspects of French and Francophone language, history, society, literature, art and film.
Through these modules, you will gain you an understanding of contemporary French and Francophone cultures and their evolution. You may start French at Introductory or Advanced level. In some cases, subject to the approval of the Programme Director and the Language Coordinator, it may also be possible to start at Intermediate level but it is not possible to start at Introductory level if you have a Higher qualification (or equivalent) in French. Introductory and Intermediate students may subsequently join the Advanced class and go on to Honours in French.
The Advanced class – for students with a Higher or A-level in French – combines language learning with the study of French/Francophone culture and society using texts, films and online material. Students starting in the Introductory stream will undertake an intensive language learning programme and will progressively start to work towards the study of French/Francophone cultures alongside their language work, as their language skills develop and improve.
In Year 2, many students apply for English Language Assistantships via the British Council-run scheme and subsequently spend a year as paid language assistants between Semester 4 and 5, usually working in French secondary schools.
Semesters 5 – 8 offer increased specialisation. All students take core language modules with weekly classes in spoken and written French, alongside option modules in which you can develop your areas of expertise. Students choose from a wide variety of option modules based on areas of staff research and expertise, for example:
On most degrees involving French, students will spend Semester 6 on Study Abroad at one of our wide range of partner institutions across France but also in Switzerland, Quebec and Morocco.
Students on the BA Hons French programme write a dissertation in their final semester, an option which is also open to motivated students on many of degree programmes involving French.
Teaching is by a mixture of lectures, tutorials and small group language classes. The development of high-level language skills and cultural awareness is further encouraged through teaching by experienced native language assistants and the use of the latest language learning software packages. Assessment focuses on a variety of skills gained across the modules studied and ranges from translations to essays, from grammar tests to oral exams. We use both continuous assessment and final examinations.
|Film and Media||RP13|
|Human Resource Management||NRP1|
|Professional Education (Primary) with Modern Languages||XR18|
(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.) French can be studied as a component of other degrees.
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
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On most degree courses involving French, Honours students must spend a period of residence abroad, usually in Semester 6, studying at a university or business school in France, Quebec, Switzerland or Morocco. In addition, all eligible students also have the option of spending a year abroad between Semesters 4 and 5, typically as a language assistant teaching English in a school. We are also willing to consider requests from students keen to find ways to spend both Semester 5 and 6 on Study Abroad. French at Stirling has exchange agreements with the Universities of Aix, Clermont-Ferrand, Geneva, Laval (Quebec), Limoges, Nancy, Perpignan, Rabat (Morocco) and Tours and with business schools in Cergy-Pontoise near Paris (ESSEC) and Strasbourg (EMS).
Students who are on joint programmes involving both French and Spanish need to ensure that they fulfil the minimum residence requirements for both languages before completing their degrees. For many students, this can be done by undertaking an assistantship in one language area and then spending Semester 6 in the other language area. Where this is not possible, students have to complete Semester 6 in one language area and a minimum of 4 weeks in the other. This 4-week period is usually completed by studying at a language during vacation periods and is done at the student’s own expense. However, we are always happy to explore other possibilities (eg nannying, au pair posts, internships, etc) with students.
I studied BA Hons French and Politics at the University of Stirling. The structure of the course and the staff from the languages department are second to none. During my time at Stirling I always found the level of work approachable but yet challenging. There was always a clear focus on both the language element of the course but also on cultural aspects of French life which I really enjoyed. From 1st year right through to my last year we were constantly learning more about important cultural aspects as well as improving our level of language. I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to spend two periods abroad; one a year as a language assistant and the other studying my second degree subject in Paris. My periods spent in France helped me to develop my language greatly and I would recommend that any students thinking of studying at Stirling choose to do at least one of these periods abroad.
Michael Ironside BA (Hons) French and Politics, graduated 2012
Having initially chosen the University of Stirling based on the flexible degree structure offered, I would highly recommend French at Stirling. Both teaching and administrative staff in the department were immensely supportive, and lecturers took a keen interest in the progress of students.
With a diverse range of subject areas to be studied from across the wider Francophone world, the expertise offered by individual lecturers was always impressive and inspiring. The opportunity to spend time in France, both as a language assistant and as an exchange student, offered hands-on experience which undoubtedly added practical value to the language skills developed in class.
I'm thrilled to have chosen Stirling and am grateful to all in the French department for making my undergraduate studies so memorable.
Cari Anderson BA (Hons) French, graduated 2011
My four-year French course at Stirling opened so many doors for me, and I can honestly say that I enjoyed every single minute of it. From learning about France – its culture, people, literature, art, media – to actually going and living there - studying at a French university and living with a French family – Stirling gave me every resource I needed to appreciate, absorb and perfect my language skills and indulge my passion for France.
Along the way I met like-minded students, eager to immerse themselves in French culture, and wonderful lecturers who gave me the best chance to become the best that I could be in my subject. If you are searching for a varied, interesting, challenging, fun, engaging course that will give you the opportunity to study and live abroad, then this is definitely the course for you.
Cathy McReynolds BA (Hons) French, graduated 2008
The number of opportunities available to you with this course are endless, and within a very competitive job market being proficient in a language is very beneficial as I have found after graduating. So for anyone looking for a course that is fun, challenging and potentially life changing I would suggest studying French at Stirling University.
Zopaash Iqbal BA (Hons) English and French, graduated 2012
I owe my confidence, sense of adventure and awareness of other cultures largely to my experience as a language student and to the vast array of opportunities that language study has offered and continues to offer. For all of these reasons, I would highly recommend studying languages at Stirling.
Fiona Mears BA (Hons) English and French, graduated 2012
Language graduates are confident communicators and growing European integration offers increasing job opportunities. Our graduates go on to a wide variety of careers in publishing, journalism, television, advertising, translating or law, teaching in French or English as a foreign language, administration and management. The Combined courses we offer with Professional Education permit students to train as either primary or secondary teachers with a specialism in languages.
As you progress through your French degree, you will develop a range of practical language skills and attributes that are highly sought after by employers:
A language degree is highly valued by employers across a range of sectors. Year after year, graduates are near the top of league tables in terms of graduate employability. Language graduates develop excellent oral and written skills, independence and self-reliance, and confidence in dealing with a variety of people, situations and cultures. According to recent statistics (Unistats 2013) 90% of French graduates go on to employment or further study within 6 months of graduation. Our recent graduates have gone on to a wide variety of jobs in the UK and abroad including: