BA (Hons)

French and Linguistics

  • UCAS code(s): RQ11
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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If you want to combine your language skills with a vocational subject, then this joint honours degree is a great choice for you.

Course overview

It enables you to shape your study according to your strengths, interests and career ambitions. Combining two subjects can give your degree an international or industry perspective that will make you stand out in the graduate employment market.

Our flexible curriculum has been designed to create some amazing opportunities for you. You have the opportunity to spend your third year studying at a partner university in France or working in a French-speaking country. It’s also possible to opt for a short work placement module in the second half of your second year.

By choosing French and Linguistics you’ll enjoy the freedom to choose from a wide range of modules, depending on your own preferences and interests. Many of our graduates are now pursuing exciting careers in different countries and regions around the world.

French - levels of study

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Study this course full-time with a year abroad (sandwich) or part-time. See How to Apply section for more information.

What you'll study

French

French can be studied from A-level. By the end of your degree you’ll have a high level of fluency and accuracy in spoken and written French. Throughout the degree we’ll explore French culture and you’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of contemporary French society.

To provide opportunities to develop language skills outside the classroom, you’ll have access to our excellent language resource centres which provide: internet access, audio-visual facilities, an extensive library of the latest French-language films, computer-aided language learning software and course-related books, materials and periodicals.

Linguistics

Linguistics is the study of natural language. It covers the study of language structure (grammar), the study of meaning (semantics) and the social functions of language (sociolinguistics). This course will equip you with the tools for analysing language and for conducting your own research. You’ll discuss the immense power that our language has to construct and to constrain meaning.

We’ve recently launched several new modules which draw on contemporary research. This means that you will be studying the very latest developments in clinical linguistics, media discourse and child language acquisition.

You don’t need any prior knowledge of grammar, foreign languages or technical terminology to study this course.

  • Year One

    Core modules

    French Language One

    The module focuses on developing both your understanding of key issues in contemporary French culture and society, and your key communicative skills in French: listening, speaking, reading, writing.

    Introduction to French Politics, Society and Culture

    Learn about the key issues and events that have shaped French culture and society since the middle of the 20th Century. Your findings on the themes and ideas which have shaped French society will be complemented by a discussion of what they represent in contemporary and contemporaneous visual and written texts.

    Introduction to Language and Linguistics

    Explore how language is structured on its various levels of sound, grammar and meaning and apply linguistic theory to language found in everyday life. You'll consider the structure of language and how linguistic tools can be applied to many texts such as dictionary making, Internet trolling and exploring the power that linguistic persuasion has on the news.

    Language In Context

    This module will explore how we learn language as human beings as well as how  English is used in a variety of social, historical and cultural contexts. It will then move onto examine the power of language to inform and influence different online and real-world contexts.

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    French Language Two

    This core language module will help you develop skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading. You'll develop fluency and accuracy in the spoken and written language of french as well as enhance learning skills, grammar, and other transferable skills such as spoken debates and presentations.

    Applying Methods in Linguistics

    This module will introduce you to a range of methods of data collection, project design and data analysis. You’ll acquire the skills and methods which will help prepare you for your dissertation in the final year. At the end of the module, you’ll be required to produce a research proposal in response to a simulated real-world briefing.

    French optional modules

    Film, Novel and Social Transformation in France (1950-1980)

    Analyse films and novels, concentrating on a series of representations of the traumatic transformation of France during the postwar decades of economic growth. You will explore central themes such as Americanisation, the transformation of everyday life and France's changing place in the world.

    Le Cas 68

    Examine the events of May / June 1968 in France as one of the most important historical events since the Second World War. The module will focus on in-depth analysis of the roles played by the numerous protagonists, examination of primary sources, assessment of the portrayal of the “events” in the media and literature, and an evaluation of the legacy of 1968.

    Languages at Work

    You'll be offered the opportunity to take part in a language themed work placement where you'll work with a local employer for a minimum of 30 hours and produce a piece of writing which reflects on the experience.

    Linguistics optional modules

    Communication Disorders

    Learn about the speech and linguistic features of communication disorders by examining a range of data such as phonetically transcribed disordered speech. You'll look at the medical causes of these disorders and become familiar with the speech and linguistic features of these disorders.

    Sociolinguistics

    The aim of this module is to raise your awareness of the linguistic consequences of the contexts of culture and situation. Examine a series of social contexts which are signalled by language variation such as language, gender and language and geography.

    Phonetics

    This module will cover the physiology, which is the study of the human organs of speech and articulation. Alongside having a theoretical understanding about sounds, phonetics is a practical skill so phoneticians must be able to recognise a variety of speech sounds which may not be familiar from the English language.

    Discourse Analysis

    Examine naturally occurring language across extended texts, both spoken and written. The module will introduce you to a variety of issues and approaches which are key to understanding discourse analysis. You'll then be able to understand the critical element to analysis before applying them to a selection of discourse types in both written and spoken texts.

    Child Language Acquisition

    Examine how children learn to speak and use language and consider the controversial debate of whether ‘nature’ or ‘nurture’ drives language acquisition. You'll consider the ways that phonetics, lexis and grammar are developed as well compare 'normal' development with groups of children who may come across particular problems with language learning.

  • Year Three

    In Year Three, you can spend time working or studying in France. Our partner universities are found in Aix-en-Provence, Clermont-Ferrand, Lille, Strasbourg, Nice, Besançon, Montpellier, and Versailles.

  • Final Year

    Core modules

    French Thematic Capstone Project

    This is a specialist project which allows you to combine practical learning with subject-specific theories. This module offers you the opportunity to develop and in-depth project where you can demonstrate skills such as planning, organisation and research skills.

    OR

    Real-Life Work Project

    Students  who are unable to take the year abroad as part of their degree produce a Real-Life Work Project during their final year. Working closely with an employer you'll identify, discuss, develop and deliver a project that is both beneficial for the employer and will enhance your employability options. You'll also provide a synoptic assessment where you'll highlight how your degree in the Modern Languages programme has developed you as a person, academically and as a graduate.

    OR

    Linguistics Dissertation

    The final year dissertation module enables you to undertake a sustained, single piece of independently researched work on a topic of your choice, under expert supervision. The dissertation provides you with an invitation to collect naturally occurring language for analysis purposes.

    French Language Three

    The core language module, will help you to develop skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading. You'll also focus on developing your accuracy and fluency within the written and spoken language of French. You'll develop high-level critical and analytical skills where you can apply linguistic and socio-cultural awareness and analysis to contemporary documents.

    French optional modules

    Contemporary France: Texts in Transition

    Develop your awareness of French culture and society, by studying a range of films and written texts which reflect cultural debates critical to contemporary France. This module will give you an enhanced, critical and diverse understanding of writing styles and different forms of visual texts.

    La France et l’Europe

    Explore the relationship between France and Europe with a particular emphasis on the European Union. You'll also explore the different changes that have occurred in French perspectives on Europe over the last six decades.

    Translation and Interpreting

    Develop your ability to interpret into and out of French and learn what it is like to be a professional interpreter in a major international organisation. You'll gain skills to help you endeavour tasks such as translation and interpreting as well as be prepared with a selection of theoretical and practical issues.

    The Limits of Representation: Text and Image in French Culture and Society

    Explore the different ways that text and image are combined in the form of signs, advertising, maps and calendars. You'll look at how the relationship between these two forms are in constant negotiation with each other.

    Linguistics optional modules

    Clinical Pragmatics

    Examine developmental and acquired pragmatic disorders in a number of clinical populations. These populations may include children with developmental language disorders and autistic spectrum disorders, or it may include adults who have left and right hemisphere damage.

    Psycholinguistics

    Study language from a psychological perspective and relate the psychology of language to theories of learning, mind and brain. This module will equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the various experiments and methods which have been undertaken within this field of study.

    Language, Gender and Sexuality

    Explore key aspects of the study of language and gender and gain an insight into the ways that research on language and gender impact the world. It will pay attention to the ways that research on gender and language has developed and become more diverse since the 1970s.

    Clinical Linguistics

    Apply your knowledge of language structure and function to a clinical context. You'll firstly be introduced to the anatomical, physiological and psychological pathologies that underlie a range of disorders of foetal development. You'll also become aware of the psychiatric bases of thought disorders such as schizophrenia.

    Media Discourse

    Critically explore the written and spoken product of both print and broadcast mass media by understanding the methods of Critical Discourse Analysis and Critical Linguistics. You'll explore issues within media discourse which provide social change, or which may be sexist or racist.

    Forensic Linguistics

    Learn to analyse language in legal settings and explore how linguistic evidence can be central to criminal investigations. This module will explain how text and talk throughout the legal process , from what is said and recorded to police, to investigative interviews and finally to the courtroom trial.

Course specification

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NTU’s linguistics courses are in the UK’s Top 15 for student satisfaction (NSS 2017).

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

Each year you’ll choose a range of core and optional modules from the lists above. The first year is normally divided equally between the two joint honours subjects but at the end of Year One, you’ll have the opportunity to select between an equally weighted joint honours course and a more specialised pathway, depending on your interests.

Teaching principally takes place through a combination of lectures, where tutors introduce the key ideas, and seminars, where smaller groups discuss those ideas.

Contact hours

If you’re struggling with a topic or require additional support or guidance, you can arrange to see your tutors in small groups or one-to-one, to discuss essay plans or to seek some specific academic guidance.

It is the nature of the subjects offered in the School of Arts and Humanities, however, that much of your time will be spent engaged in independent study. We recognise that this marks a change of culture from school or college, and we have in place a system of study support to help you adapt to this.

International exchange

You’ll also have the option to take part in an international exchange at a partner university. These options will enable you to gain impressive international experience, and broaden your perspective and career ambitions.

You’ll experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year. Find out more.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn another new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Learning a new language can: enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 written (82%) and practical (18%)
  • Year 2 coursework (40%), written (45%) and practical (15%)
  • Final Year coursework (70%), written (25%) and practical (5%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (73%) and placements (2%)
  • Year 3 placements (100%)
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%), independent study (76%)

91% student satisfaction rate for French Studies (NSS 2017).

Careers and employability

Your career development

This is a major part of the curriculum. Key transferable skills are emphasised and there are opportunities to develop links with organisations and potential employers. As a result we have an outstanding record of graduate employment.

Joint honours courses develop a wide range of skills. These include written and oral communication skills, critical analysis and a variety of IT skills. But you’ll also become more self-motivated, be able to work independently and in teams, and develop excellent time management skills.

95% of our French joint honours undergraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degree (DLHE 2015-16).

Entry requirements

  • 104 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent, including A-level French grade C)
  • GCSEs - English and Maths grade C / 4.

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can.

For the Sandwich route (Full-time with year abroad) just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide.

If you're applying for the part-time route please apply online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
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Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Please see our fees page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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