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University of Manchester

French Studies

UCAS Code: R110

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Grades ABB plus GCSE Grade B/6 in a Modern Foreign Language. Typical Contextual Offer: BBB plus GCSE Grade B/6 in a Modern Foreign Language.

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course. You should have a minimum of 30 credits with a Distinction grade, plus 15 credits with a Merit grade, all in a Humanities-related subject. 15 of the Distinction credits should be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels. Applicants must also either have GCSEs in both English and Mathematics (at Grade B/6 or higher), or achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having six credits each in English and Maths. You must also either have GCSE Grade C/4 or higher in English Language or any language, or be able to demonstrate achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having six credits in English Language or any language at Level 2. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken. Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3,M2,M2 in the Pre-U and ABB at A level in three distinct subjects. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C/4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language. Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

34 points overall. 6,5,5 in Higher Level subjects.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DM

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with Grades DM plus an A Level at Grade A in a Language or an essay-based subject such as English or History. We do not require you to have a Language A-level for this programme; however, applicants should have experience of studying a Language (any Modern Foreign Language) to at least GCSE level and should have achieved a good standard in this. We therefore require all applicants to have achieved a minimum of GCSE Grade B/6 (or equivalent) in a Modern Foreign Language.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate with Grade D plus two A Levels at Grades BB; at least one of these A-levels should be in a Language or an essay-based subject such as English or History. We do not require you to have a Language A-level for this programme; however, applicants should have experience of studying a Language (any Modern Foreign Language) to at least GCSE level and should have achieved a good standard in this. We therefore require all applicants to have achieved a minimum of GCSE Grade B/6 (or equivalent) in a Modern Foreign Language.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

We do not require you to have a Language A-level for this programme; however, applicants should have experience of studying a Language (any Modern Foreign Language) to at least GCSE level and should have achieved a good standard in this. We therefore require all applicants to have achieved a minimum of GCSE Grade B/6 (or equivalent) in a Modern Foreign Language.

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

DD

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with Grades DD plus an A-level at min. Grade B in a Language or an essay-based subject (such as English or History) plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B. We do not require you to have a Language A-level for this programme; however, applicants should have experience of studying a Language (any Modern Foreign Language) to at least GCSE level and should have achieved a good standard in this. We therefore require all applicants to have achieved a minimum of GCSE Grade B/6 (or equivalent) in a Modern Foreign Language.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

We require DD, plus one A-level at Grade B (preferably in either a Language or a Humanities subject). We do not require you to have a Language A-level for this programme; however, applicants should have experience of studying a Language (any Modern Foreign Language) to at least GCSE level and should have achieved a good standard in this. We therefore require all applicants to have achieved a minimum of GCSE Grade B/6 in a Modern Foreign Language.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

We require a D, plus two A-levels at Grades BB (one of these A-levels should preferably be in a Language or a Humanities subject). We do not require you to have a Language A-level for this programme; however, applicants should have experience of studying a Language (any Modern Foreign Language) to at least GCSE level and should have achieved a good standard in this. We therefore require all applicants to have achieved a minimum of GCSE Grade B/6 in a Modern Foreign Language.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

We do not require you to have a Language A-level for this programme; however, applicants should have experience of studying a Language (any Modern Foreign Language) to at least GCSE level and should have achieved a good standard in this. We therefore require all applicants to have achieved a minimum of GCSE Grade B/6 in a Modern Foreign Language.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D

We require a D, plus one A-level at min. Grade B in an essay-based subject (such as English or History) plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B. We do not require you to have a Language A-level for this programme; however, applicants should have experience of studying a Language (any Modern Foreign Language) to at least GCSE level and should have achieved a good standard in this. We therefore require all applicants to have achieved a minimum of GCSE Grade B/6 in a Modern Foreign Language.

Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements. For applicants who have studied under the new Scottish qualification system, the following will apply. For programmes which have no particular pre-requisite subject, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5): ABB at A-level: Highers of AAABBB or ABBB plus Advanced Higher at min. Grade B. For applicants who have studied under the old Scottish qualification system, Highers are welcomed but will not be accepted alone. The minimum requirement is three Advanced Highers, the grades of which will be the same as our stated A-level grades for the course in question. Any subjects (or other qualifications) required for A-level will also be required for the Advanced Highers, at the equivalent grade. All applicants must have achieved National 5 English at Grade B.

Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements. For applicants who have studied under the new Scottish qualification system, the following will apply. For programmes which have no particular pre-requisite subject, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5): ABB at A-level: Highers of AAABBB or ABBB plus Advanced Higher at min. Grade B. For applicants who have studied under the old Scottish qualification system, Highers are welcomed but will not be accepted alone. The minimum requirement is three Advanced Highers, the grades of which will be the same as our stated A-level grades for the course in question. Any subjects (or other qualifications) required for A-level will also be required for the Advanced Highers, at the equivalent grade. All applicants must have achieved National 5 English at Grade B.

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

French studies

With a strong heritage dating back to 1896, the discipline of French Studies at the University of Manchester is the oldest in the UK. It's also one of the largest, with over 120 students registering on its various programmes each year.

Students are taught by experienced academic staff of international distinction, including two winners of Manchester's Teacher of the Year award, and a dedicated team of specialist language tutors. Among our staff, over two thirds are native speakers of French and we teach you in that language from Year 1, not just in language classes as such.

Our emphasis on France and the wider Francophone world is matched by an exciting range of study links for year-abroad students, which include (in addition to our 9 university partners in metropolitan France) places in Belgium, Switzerland, Martinique and Quebec. Study is only one option however, and many of our students chose to work while in their third year abroad.

Our innovative language-teaching programme, which follows an Enquiry-Based Learning approach, is central to a curriculum that offers an extremely wide choice of course units. These cover the Early Modern period to the present, and fall into the four broad categories of history & politics, literature, popular & visual culture, and linguistics & translation. Among our most popular and original courses are those on French `Animal Studies' by Dr Jérôme Brillaud and on 'Protest music in France' by Dr Barbara Lebrun.

Here at Manchester, our students benefit from our rich Library resources - including precious manuscripts, a vast French literature collection, and contemporary digital media - and from our collaboration with the Alliance Française de Manchester which hosts cultural events throughout the year, including film screenings, talks, plays, concerts, exhibitions and language trouble-shooting classes.

**Why French Studies at Manchester?**
- You can study a breadth of cultural specialisms, including French Republicanism and its discontents, Colonial and post-colonial identities, French and Francophone cinema, Exoticism in travel literature, specialist translation and interpreting modules.

- There is extensive collaboration with the Alliance Française de Manchester for teaching-related and extra-curricular activities, including `Working with French' workshops, film screenings, talksand cultural events throughout the year.

- Collaboration with the Institut de Touraine with Easter and Summer placements for ab initio students and finalists.

- Ab Initio French is available as a Single Honours programme or Joint Honours combination.

Flexible Honours may allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject. More details .

**Special Features**

French Studies provides a newly-revised core language course to help develop your language learning, placing emphasis on acquiring high-level skills built on firm foundations of knowledge of French syntax, morphology, phonetics and phonology.

Our range and quality of courses are regularly cited for praise by external examiners and two colleagues have won University Teaching Excellence Awards.
We offer a wide range of non-language courses, incorporating a research component at all levels.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£19,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
94%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
A

After graduation


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French studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,200
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
18%
Teaching and educational professionals
9%
Artistic, literary and media occupations

It's often said the UK doesn't produce enough modern language graduates, and graduates from French courses have a lot of options available to them when they complete their courses. About one in five working graduates from 2015 got jobs overseas — often as English teachers — which is much higher than for most subjects. Those who want to stay at home to work find jobs in education, and anywhere where good communication skills are a must. That means you can find French graduates in education, in marketing, in the arts and in business and finance as teachers, writers, personnel officers, financial advisors, analysts, sales people and marketers. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

French studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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