Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code RV11
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects History Modern Languages French

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School of Languages and Cultures

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

Course description

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.

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.

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.

The history side of the course is flexible. You may decide to complement your French studies with modules in French history. You might want to diversify and study British, American or African history. In the final year, you will research and write a dissertation on a subject of your choice

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 including History or Classical Civilisation and typically including a modern foreign language*
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB including History or Classical Civilisation and typically including a modern foreign language* + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 33 including Higher Level History and typically with 6 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language*
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject + an appropriate French language qualification
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 including History and typically including a modern foreign language*
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB+B including History and typically including a modern foreign language*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB including History or Classical Civilisation and 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
  • *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

Department of History website

First year

Optional modules:

Empire: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages
History Workshop
Paths from Antiquity to Modernity
The Disenchantment of the European World
The Making of the Twentieth Century
The Transformation of Britain, 1800 to the Present
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

Core modules:

Historians and History

Optional modules:

A Protestant Nation? Religion, Politics and Culture in England 1560-1640
Becoming America, 1690-1763
Coercion and Consent in the Third Reich
Culture in Early Modern Europe
European Fascism
Gender and Sexuality on Modern Britain, 1850 to the Present
Gender, Culture and Society: Britain 1689 - 1837
Global Lives: South Asian Travel and Migration in the Age of Empire
Imperial Germany, 1871-1918
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Match of the Day: The Nika Riot of 532
Murder in the cathedral: the Becket Affair
Power and Protest in Late Medieval England, 1348-1509
Religion in an Age of Terror: Ancient Texts and the Making of Modern Israel.
Tenochtitlan, City of Blood and Flowers: Aztec society in the early sixteenth century
The Ancient Greek Economy
The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England
The Battle for China's Future, 1839-1949
The Celtic West: from the fall of Rome to the Viking Age
The Family in Late Antiquity: Romans, Barbarians and Christians
The History of American Foreign Relations
The Making of Modern India, 1780-1965
The Myth of Venice
The Northern Ireland 'Troubles' and Peace Process
The Rise of Rome and its Empire (c.500-90 BCE)
The Ten Commandments
The Welfare State in Britain, 1900-2015.
Tolerance and Dissent in Europe (12th - 16th Centuries)
Writing History
"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:

A Comparative History of Revolution
Advanced Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Anarchy in the UK? Radicals, Democrats & Revolutionaries, 1830-86
Anarchy in the UK? Radicals, Democrats & Revolutionaries, 1830-86
Breaking up (in) the Carolingian Empire
Breaking up (in) the Carolingian Empire
Cannibals and Christians: Mexico and Spain, c.1492-1600
Cannibals and Christians: Mexico and Spain, c.1492-1600
Cities
Cultural Encounters
Dissertation
Emotions and identity in twentieth-century Britain: from stiff upper lip to Facebook
Emotions and identity in twentieth-century Britain: from stiff upper lip to Facebook
Ending the Cold War
Ending the Cold War
Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Britain, 1923-1945 I
Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Britain, 1923-1945 II
Forced into Being: How Involuntary Migration Created Ancient Israel
Forced into Being: How Involuntary Migration Created Ancient Israel
From Julius Caesar to Augustus: Rome's Revolution (89 BC-14 AD)
From Julius Caesar to Augustus: Rome's Revolution (89 BC-14 AD)
Half Slave and Half Free: The Origins of the U.S. Civil War
Half Slave and Half Free: The Origins of the U.S. Civil War
Humour and Laughter in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Humour and Laughter in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Language in Use: An Introduction to Corpus Linguistic Research
Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages
Merchants, Mariners and Migrants: The English Overseas, 1570-1624
Merchants, Mariners and Migrants: The English Overseas, 1570-1624
Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela
Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela
Short Dissertation
Social Approaches to Multilingualism
Solidarity, Sabotage, Students: Protest in Europe from 1968 to 1989
Solidarity, Sabotage, Students: Protest in Europe from 1968 to 1989
Stalinism and De-Stalinisation, 1929-1961 I
Stalinism and De-Stalinisation, 1929-1961 II
The American War in Vietnam, 1945-1975
The American War in Vietnam, 1945-1975
The Birth of Consumerism & Creativity: Germany & Britain
The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry I
The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry II
The Paris Commune I
The Paris Commune II
The Road to Civil War: England 1621-1642 I
The Road to Civil War: England 1621-1642 II
The Spanish Civil War I
The Spanish Civil War II
The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1975
The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1975
The Uses of History
The Wars of the Roses: Empire in Crisis, c.1440-1509
The Wars of the Roses: Empire in Crisis, c.1440-1509
Tools of Empire? Medicine, Science and Colonialism, 1800-1950
Tools of Empire? Medicine, Science and Colonialism, 1800-1950
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 12%
Independent study 88%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 24%
Coursework 60%
Practical 16%

French Studies

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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.

French Studies website

Department of History

Study with us and you'll get a taste of hands-on history, with practical experience and opportunities for work placements and volunteering.

Our courses are about opening your eyes to the world and all its possibilities. Whatever your chosen career, we can help you to develop the intellectual skills you'll need to succeed.

There's a maximum of 12 people in your seminars during the first year- so you'll get to share ideas in a close and supportive environment. When it comes to doing your dissertation, you'll have individual support from one of your tutors. You'll build a close working relationship with your personal tutor who will help you to settle in and reach your full potential.

Department of History 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 came on an Open Day and fell in love with this University and Sheffield. This department is always quite good in the league tables so it's a great place to do history."

Sarah Bramham
History

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