Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code RR14
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Spanish Hispanic Studies French

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Department of French
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

This course focuses on developing your oral and written fluency in both French and Spanish to a high standard. You'll also study the society and culture of countries that speak the languages.

Our range of modules cover literature, linguistics, society, cinema, business, politics, cultural and gender studies. You can hone your professional skills too, in communicative techniques, presentation skills, transcription, translation and subtitling. Your year abroad will be split between a French-speaking and a Hispanic country.

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 Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject: 60 credits overall with Distinctions in 30 Level 3 credits, plus Merits in 15 Level 3 credits. Evidence of language ability is also required
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • *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 Department of French website

Course information on Department of Hispanic Studies website

First year

Optional modules:

Spanish Advanced: Language and Culture I
Spanish Advanced: Language and Culture II
Spanish Beginners: Language and Culture I
Spanish Beginners: Language and Culture II
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:

Cold War Culture
Conformity and Consensus in Spain
Dictatorship, Revolution and Resistance
Hispanic Fiction
Hispanic Film
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Language at Work
Nation and Identities in Latin America
Nation and Identity in the Lusophone World
Promised Lands
Representations of the Hispanic World
The Spanish Language: Structure and Use
Tradition, Transition and Modernity
"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
Advanced Spanish Language
Advanced Spanish Language I
Advanced Spanish Language II
Advanced Spanish Language II
Des Gaulois à de Gaulle: histoire pratique du français
French Intermediate I
French Intermediate II
Further Portuguese: Language and Culture I
Further Portuguese: Language and Culture II
Intensive Beginners Portuguese I
Intensive Beginners Portuguese II
Intensive Catalan I
Intensive Catalan II
L'Exclusion Sociale en France I
L'Exclusion Sociale en France II
La Bande Dessinee I
La Bande Dessinee 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

Optional modules:

French Year Abroad
French Year Abroad
Hispanic Studies Year Abroad
Hispanic Studies Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad

Fourth year

Core modules:

Advanced Spanish Language III
Advanced Spanish Language IV
Language and Communication Skills V
Language and Communication Skills VI

Optional modules:

Adaptations and Transformation
Advanced Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Barcelona: Culture of the City
Civilisation and Barbarism in Latin America
Cold War Culture
Cultural Crosscurrents in the Lusophone World
Dictatorship, Revolution and Resistance
Dissertation
History of the Spanish Language
Language in Use: An Introduction to Corpus Linguistic Research
Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages
Popular Music in the Hispanic World
Questioning Spain
Social Approaches to Multilingualism
Translation Studies
Catalan Advanced: Language and Culture I
Catalan Advanced: Language and Culture II
Film Studies I
Film Studies II
Gender, Society and Economy in France I
Gender, Society and Economy in France II
Le Rire Gaulois I
Le Rire Gaulois II
Le Siècle des Lumières I
Le Siècle des Lumières II
Literature and Politics of the 'Post(-)colonial' I
Literature and Politics of the 'Post-Colonial' I
Litterature Et Democratie I
Litterature Et Democratie II
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture I
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture II
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture III
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture IV
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 12%
Independent study 75%
Placement 13%

Assessment
Exams/tests 24%
Coursework 48%
Practical 28%

Department of French

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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.

Department of French website

Department of Hispanic Studies

Learn with us and you won't just become fluent in Spanish. You'll be immersed in Hispanic cultures. Our degrees are about understanding the contexts that determine the way Hispanic communities think and act. This knowledge can be key to the success of many national and international enterprises.

You'll be stretched intellectually, learning in small groups with native speakers. Around a third of teaching time is devoted to developing your written and oral fluency in Spanish. And there's a huge range of options for combining Hispanic Studies with a second subject.

You'll build a close working relationship with your tutors. We use novel ways to inspire you, including filmmaking. Our student-run societies arrange regular social, cultural and sporting events. We also perform a Spanish or Latin American play and a Hispanic concert each year, in which staff and students participate.

Visits by contemporary Spanish and Latin American writers, film directors and scholars play their part in maintaining a lively intellectual environment. We also hold regular research seminars that are open to all, in which both members of the department and invited speakers present the areas in which they research.

Department of Hispanic Studies 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



"I'm in love with Sheffield, it was definitely a good choice. Studying languages means I can pretty much go anywhere, meet people and have a conversation. It has opened up another world."

Samantha O'nion
Languages

All our courses run for four years, with your third year spent abroad so you can perfect your language skills and gain a better appreciation of the culture.

If French is the only language you're studying, you'll spend the year in one place. This could be in France, usually as a school language assistant or at a university, or in Canada, on the island of La Réunion, or at the renowned Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.

If you're studying French with another language you'll spend five months in each country. We will always try to find a placement that suits you, for example if you take French with Management or Economics you might prefer to do a work placement or study at a business school in Montpellier or Bordeaux.

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