French at Stirling focuses on the contemporary, global nature of French language and culture today. Our students learn about the factors that are shaping the France of today; through studying language, literature and film, they develop cultural awareness that enables them to understand how France sees itself and its place in the world. We also study French as a global language, and in years 3 and 4 students can specialise in courses on the culture and society of Quebec, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the Francophone world.
Learning is extended through opportunities to live abroad. Students can choose to spend a year teaching as an English language assistant in a French-speaking country, and they also spend a semester at one of our 14 partner institutions in France (Paris, Strasbourg, Cergy-Pontoise, Aix-Marseille, Clermont-Ferrand, Limoges, Lorraine, Perpignan, Tours, Caen and Angers), Switzerland, Morocco or Canada.
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 (Paris, Strasbourg, Cergy-Pontoise, Aix-Marseille, Clermont-Ferrand, Limoges, Lorraine, Perpignan, Tours, Caen and Angers), Switzerland, Morocco or Canada.
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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)||£ 11,845.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 12,140.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||
£9250 – with a generous package of scholarship options
From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.
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.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
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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).
The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.
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.
"Studying French at Stirling is both diverse and challenging, offering an ample approach to the language itself and its cultural spread across the globe. It definitely contributed to my success in landing a traineeship at the European Commission in Brussels, a place and work environment where speaking French is essential."
Henry Caffarena, BA (Hons) French and Spanish, Graduated in 2016.
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: