Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code RL12
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Politics Modern Languages French

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French Studies
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2864
Email slc-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/slc/undergraduate/courses/french

School of Languages and Cultures

Top 10 in the Russell Group for research impact
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

We focus on developing your spoken and written French to a very high standard. Alongside your language classes, you will study French society and culture from the medieval period to the present. Options include, film studies, bande dessinée, modern French thought and the visual arts.

The timetable is rich and varied. There are some traditional lectures but you will also attend seminars and workshops, take part in research projects and work on special events like exhibitions and theatre productions.

Modules in politics will deepen your understanding of French culture, European and world affairs. Topics include comparative politics and political analysis. The Department of Politics at Sheffield is one of the UK's very best and the teaching is highly innovative.

You will spend your third year in a French-speaking country, as a teaching assistant in a school or studying at a university. Your placement could be in France, Canada or on the island of La Réunion.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB typically including a modern foreign language*
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB typically including a modern foreign language* + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 33, typically with 6 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language*
BTEC DDD + typically an appropriate modern foreign language qualification*
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 typically including a modern foreign language*
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB+B typically including a modern foreign language*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB typically including a modern foreign language*
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C
  • *If you are not studying a modern foreign language, the department will consider other evidence of aptitude for language learning (such as a languages GCSE or, for non-native speakers of English, an English language qualification).
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on French Studies website

Course information on Department of Politics website

First year

Optional modules:

Analysing Politics
British Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to Global Political Economy
Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to Western Political Thought
French Beginners I
French Beginners II
French Critical Contexts I
French Critical Contexts II
Language and Communication Skills I
Language and Communication Skills II
Understanding Modern France I
Understanding Modern France II

Second year

Optional modules:

Comparative Politics: Citizens, States, Power, and Protest
Contemporary Chinese Politics
Contemporary Security Challenges
Contemporary US Foreign Policy
Development
International Relations Theory
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Never Mind the Ballots! State and Society in the UK Today
Political Analysis: Research Design and Data Analysis
Political Theory in Practice
The Political Economy of Global Capitalism
The Politics and Government of the European Union
"Par où commencer?" Séminaire d'analyse et d'interprétation du texte littéraire I
"Par où commencer?" Séminaire d'analyse et diinterprétation du texte littéraire II
Des Gaulois à de Gaulle: histoire pratique du français
French Intermediate I
French Intermediate II
La Francophonie: Langue, Colonie et Civilisation I
La Francophonie: Langue, Colonie et Civilisation II
Language and Communication Skills III
Language and Communication Skills IV
Minorités et Identités dans la France du XXe siècle I
Minorités et Identités dans la France du XXe siècle II
The World of French Words
Translation in Theoretical Context I
Translation in Theoretical Context II
Understanding Modern France I (Beginners' Pathway)
Understanding Modern France II (Beginners' Pathway)
Writing the Revolution I
Writing the Revolution II

Third year

Core modules:

French Year Abroad
French Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad

Fourth year

Core modules:

Language and Communication Skills V
Language and Communication Skills VI

Optional modules:

Dissertation (Work Related)
Dissertation in Political Analysis
Dissertation in Politics
Advanced Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Animals, Ethics and Politics
Anti-Politics and Democratic Crisis
Britain and the European Union
Civilisation, Empire and Hegemony
Dissertation
German Politics: Domestic Contestation and Global Impact
Justice in World Politics
Language in Use: An Introduction to Corpus Linguistic Research
Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages
Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence
Liberalism and its Critics
Marx and Contemporary Marxism
Narcopolitics
Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security and Global Politics
Parliamentary Studies
Party Politics: Competition, Strategies & Campaigns
Peacekeeping, State-building and International Intervention
Political Ecology: Power, Nature and Society
Political Realism
Political Theory in An Age of Total War
Politics and the Quality of Life
Research Project 1
Sex, Race and Death: Feminist Perspectives on War, Violence and (In)Security
Social Approaches to Multilingualism
State Failure
Terrorism, Violence and the State
The Birth of Consumerism & Creativity: Germany & Britain
The Ethics of Political Leadership
The Making of the Modern Middle East
The Political Economy of Africa
The Politics of Asylum
War, Peace and Justice
Film Studies I
Film Studies II
Gender, Society and Economy in France I
Gender, Society and Economy in France II
Haïti : La Tragédie (Histoire, politique et littérature de l'époque coloniale à nos jours)
Haïti : La Tragédie (Histoire, politique et littérature de l'époque coloniale à nos jours)
Le Rire Gaulois I
Le Rire Gaulois II
Le Siècle des Lumières I
Le Siècle des Lumières II
Litterature Et Democratie I
Litterature Et Democratie II
Realities and Falsehoods: The French Occupation in Literature and Film I
Realities and Falsehoods: The French Occupation in Literature and Film II

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 11%
Independent study 89%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 19%
Coursework 60%
Practical 21%

French Studies

Jessop West building

Our courses focus on developing your spoken and written French to a native or near-native standard. You'll also, through the study of French culture and society, acquire detailed knowledge and core critical skills. Options include film studies, bande dessinée, social exclusion, modern French thought, contemporary theatre and the visual arts.

Our teaching is informed by world-leading research in French art, literature, history, society, film and theatre. You'll have opportunities to get involved in our diverse projects and special events - including an annual play, book group, research seminars and talks from invited speakers.

Our courses are distinctive and cutting-edge. There are traditional lectures and you'll participate in seminars, workshops and research projects. We teach English and French. Our language classes are kept small to ensure all students' needs are met.

French Studies website

Department of Politics

We're one of the UK's top departments for politics research and consistently achieve high levels of of student satisfaction for our teaching.

Over 50 academic staff are engaged in cutting-edge research. Their research shapes and inspires what you're taught, so what you learn is relevant today and tomorrow. You'll be taught by inspirational and world-leading lecturers, who bring passion to their teaching.

By studying with us, you'll develop the intellectual, personal and professional skills you need to excel in your chosen career.

Department of Politics website


What our graduates do

Our graduates go into the civil service, media and advertising, translating and interpreting, business, law, charity, teaching and social work. Some go on to further study and an academic career.

Student profile


"I have career aspirations to become a lecturer so I knew that being a department that was full of people who do research as half of their job would be the best place to be."

Matthew McNicholl
French



"The most exciting thing I've learnt about so far was where we did a module which compared the political systems of the UK, USA, France, Germany, Russia and Brazil."

Jonathan Guy
Department of Politics

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