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French and International Relations BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

BESU111

Study options:

4 years with year abroad or exceptionally 3 years full time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £12,471)

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Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

This course aims to provide you with a real understanding of recent social, political, business and cultural developments in France and the francophone world. You can study French with Spanish, Business or International Relations.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Course information

This course aims to provide you with a real understanding of recent social, political, business and cultural developments in France and the francophone world. You can study French with Spanish, Business or International Relations.

The combined study of French and International Relations allows you to deepen your understanding of the French language and the events and issues that have shaped world politics.

Modules

Overview

Year One - Mandatory

Modules

  • French Language 1: Transitions

  • Themes and Concepts in International Relations

  • French Culture and Society from the Great War and Occupation

  • Introduction to International Relations Theory

  • Introduction to studying English and Languages at University

  • Contemporary French: Media and Society

  • Add+Vantage

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Year Two - Mandatory

Modules

  • Communication Strategies in Spoken and Written French

  • Varieties in French

  • Career and Project Planning

  • A History of International Crime

  • Global Inequality and Development

  • Add+Vantage

  • Optional Modules

    Choose 1 from the following:
    • Post 1945 France: the Trente Glorieuses and Modernisation
    • Comparative Foreign Policy
    • French Translation in Socio-political Contexts

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Year 3 and 3/4 - Mandatory

Modules

  • 201DEL - Year Abroad Portfolio

  • Advanced French and DALF Preparation

  • Project Literature Review

  • Project: dissertation or 302DEL Project: Portfolio

  • Add+Vantage

  • Optional Modules

    Choose 3 from the following, including at least one ISS module and at least one module in French:
    • Propaganda and Foreign Policy
    • Global Organised Crime
    • French Advanced Translation
    • Contemporary French Culture and Society
    • Ethics and International Relations
    • Languages in the World
    • Business Strategies in French
    • France 1945-2002 Conflict Change and Continuity

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

In more detail...

  • experienced teaching staff who bring professional or research expertise in to their teaching
  • student exchange agreements with universities in Paris, Lille, Tours, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Dijon, Metz and Strasbourg
  • the opportunity to gain valuable work experience by mentoring pupils and shadowing French teachers (subject to application)
  • teaching about French culture and society that gives you specific applied language skills which will be relevant to the workplace
  • use of modern technologies, such as ‘Babbel' and 'Duolingo' to maintain links with native speakers of the language that you are studying
  • a year studying or working in a French-speaking country, which provides you with an international experience that many businesses are looking for when employing a graduate

Your course will be based on a series of mini-lectures and task-based activities such as translation from and into French, listening and grammar exercises, oral presentations and summary writing from written and audio/visual sources.

In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

If you are interested in part-time study (which is taught during the day) please contact the Part-time Admissions team on +44 (0) 24 7765 4321 or email part-time.uni@coventry.ac.uk for further information, but please note that not all courses have a part-time option.

Assessments on this course include listening comprehensions, translations, summaries, group oral presentations, online grammar tests and reading comprehensions. Some subjects require essay writing, and most are assessed by a combination of coursework and exam (with oral exams for language).

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Coursework, tests, essays: 40%
  • Formal examinations: 35%
  • Practical or project work: 10%
  • Group work etc 5%, presentations, posters etc:10%

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.

40% assessed by coursework

In a typical week you will have up to 15 contact hours of teaching and this could break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 3 hours per week to practise conversation with a language assistant as well as tutorials (individual or in small groups), and individual project supervision in your final year.
  • Medium group teaching: 10 hours of workshops, seminars and language classes.
  • Large group teaching: 2 hours of lectures

Additionally, you will be expected to complete 25 hours each week studying and revising in your own time.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: BESU112
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC, preferably with French. DDM, plus A2 French at grade C or equivalent or GCSE French at grade B. 29 points to include French. 5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language, or specified equivalents.Applicants without A2 French (A*–C) require GCSE French at grade A*–B

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, plus GCSE English language at grade C and GCSE Spanish at grade B, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £12,471) (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

Career prospects

Graduates with languages have the highest employment rates of all humanities graduates (source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2011/12).

French students are 100% satisfied with their course (unistats 2015), and Coventry has been named ‘UK’s top modern University’ (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015). The study of French equips you not only with excellent language and communication skills but also with accompanying cultural knowledge and a range of transferable skills that employers will value.

A degree in languages can offer you access to a wide variety of careers in marketing, tourism, banking, import/export, publishing, interpreting, translating, teaching and many others. Previous students have gone on to find responsible positions in schools, universities and large companies both in the UK and abroad.

French can also be studied with Business on the Languages for International Business course.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities have their own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.