BA (Hons)

French and Spanish

French student
  • UCAS code(s): RR14
  • 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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Immerse yourself in the language and culture of these two fascinating and widely spoken languages.

Course overview

If you want to combine two languages, then this popular joint honours degree is a great choice for you. It enables you to shape your study according to your strengths, interests and career ambitions.

You’ll study the French and Spanish language and culture through a range of lively options including modules that examine French cinema and literature and contemporary Spanish and Latin American politics.

In Year Three, you can spend time working or studying abroad in France, Spain or South America. Our partner universities are in Aix-en-Provence, Clermont-Ferrand, Lille, Strasbourg, Nice, Besançon, Montpellier, Versailles, Alcala, Avila, Leon, Madrid, Salamanca, Santander, Valencia, and Santiago in Chile.

Levels of study

 BeginnerGCSEPost A-Level
FrenchNONOYES
SpanishYESYESYES

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

There is a lot of flexibility in the structure of a Joint Honours degree, allowing you to tailor a package to your developing academic interests.

During your first year, you’ll study four core modules which provide a clear and exciting framework for your development at later stages.

During your second year, you’ll study two core modules and you’ll select a number of optional modules based on your individual interests. Or, you can spend the second half of the year on international exchange at one of our partner universities.

In your third year, you can spend time working or studying abroad in France, Spain or South America.

In your final year you’ll undertake an in-depth piece of work and study the core language modules, you’ll also select a number of optional modules.

  • Year One

    Core modules

    French Language One

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

    Spanish Language One (Accelerated Beginners)

    This module will provide you with the ability to communicate effectively in many real life situations so you are able to build your language learning skills and other transferable competencies. This is suitable for students with no prior knowledge of the language.

    Spanish Language One (Post A-level)

    This module will allow you to focus on developing your understanding of central issues in contemporary Spanish society and cultural development. You'll develop your communication skills in Spanish in areas such as: listening, reading and writing whilst also applying yourself to varied materials in a range of media. You'll also take part in whole class, small groups and paired discussions in Spanish.

    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 Spanish Culture and Society (Post A-level only)

    You'll explore a range of key issues and events that have shaped Spanish culture and society since the beginning of the 20th Century. For further study of Spanish society and culture this module will give you a foundation to understanding modern Spain. By analysing Spanish texts and partaking in discussions, you'll acquire additional language learning skills.

    Introduction to Hispanic Studies (Accelerated Only)

    This is an inter-disciplinary module that addresses background issues and themes relevant to an understanding of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world. You'll explore issues surrounding gender equality, cultural identity as well as focus on the economic development during the 20th Century.

  • 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 as well as learning skills, grammar, and other transferable skills such as spoken debates and presentations.

    Spanish Language Two (Accelerated Beginners)

    This module will enable you to build on your fluency and accuracy in the written and spoken language of Spanish. You’ll be introduced to a wider range of the language, and will analyse written and audio-visual texts in more depth as well as take part in small group and paired discussions within formal and informal settings. This module aims to prepare you both linguistically and practically for an extended residence abroad.

    Spanish Language Two (Post A-level)

    This module will enable you to build on your fluency and accuracy in the written and spoken language of Spanish. You'll be able to build on your language learning skills and grammar, as well as obtain other skills such as video analysis, translations, verbal debates and presentations. You'll explore issues within the contemporary Spanish-speaking world. This module aims to prepare you both linguistically and practically for an extended residence abroad.

    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.

    Spanish optional modules

    Introduction to Spanish Cultural Representations

    You'll explore the various depictions of national identity, gender, class and race within the Spanish culture. You'll study a range of media texts for this such as, writers, film directors and painters. This module is delivered in Spanish.

    Introduction to Latin American Studies

    You'll be given a background to the many issues and themes that are crucial to understanding contemporary Latin America by exploring issues such as, the colonial legacy and the social transformation of Latin America during the 20th Century. This module is delivered in Spanish.

    Introduction to Contemporary Spain (Accelerated Only)

    This module will give you a background to the issues and themes which are crucial for understanding contemporary Spain. This module is delivered in Spanish.

    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.

  • 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.

    OR

    In year three you can spend time working or studying in Spain or Latin America. Our partner Universities are found in Alcala, Avila, Leon, Madrid, Salamanca, Santander, Valencia, and Santiago in Chile.

  • Final Year

    Core modules

    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 an 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.

    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.

    Spanish Language Three

    This core module will help develop your fluency and accuracy within the written and spoken language of Spanish. You'll utilise a selection of analysis of important contemporary issues in Spanish and Latin American societies which will help enhance your communication skills and will motivate you to achieve a high level of language knowledge. 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. This module will 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.

    Spanish optional modules

    Culture and Society in 20th-century Spain: Cinema, Music, Text

    Explore the representations of gender and nation within different Spanish cultural 20th-century texts. This is a student led module, where topics are mostly introduced by student debates and presentations.

    Contemporary Latin American Society

    You'll focus on the economic, social, cultural and political changes within Latin America. This module is delivered in Spanish and the focal point is mainly on the effect of the neoliberal rearrangement in the region since the mid-1970s.

    Translation in the Professional World

    This module equips you with some of the basic techniques that are used in professional translation. practical texts and within various situations. You'll be welcomed to a selection of theoretical and practical issues which will determine the outcome of such tasks. The practical skills you'll gain in this module are of those that are actively sought by employers.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

NTU’s French courses are in the UK's Top 15 and Spanish courses are in the Top 20 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 a 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 (63%) and practical (37%)
  • Year 2 coursework (83%), written (12%) and practical (5%)
  • Final Year coursework (37%), written (53%) and practical (10%)

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 (29%), independent study (71%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (29%), independent study (69%) and placements (2%)
  • Year 3 placements (100%)
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (31%), independent study (69%)

100% of our French and Spanish undergraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degree (DLHE 2015-16).

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
  • the ability to work independently and in groups
  • time management
  • self-motivation
  • a variety of IT skills.

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 our Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC) page. 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.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

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

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?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
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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