BA (Hons)

French and Communication & Society

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  • UCAS code(s): RP19
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • 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 Communication & Society 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

 BeginnerGCSEPost A-Level
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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.

Communication & Society

Fascinating new forms of politics, economics and creative enterprises are rapidly challenging many core assumptions about human communication and identity. The possession and transfer of knowledge now lies at the heart of daily life and it’s more important than ever to understand various aspects of communication. You’ll look at communication between individuals, groups and organisations, humanity and nature, and the evolving media through which communication takes place.

This course offers a wide choice of interesting and engaging modules. The core of this course draws on Psychology and Sociology, and also includes aspects of Philosophy, History and Anthropology. No previous study in any of these areas is required.

  • 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.

    Face-to-Face to Facebook: Understanding Communication in an Age of New Media

    Examine how the interaction of technology, politics and society has given rise to wide ranging social, psychological and creative changes. You'll explore how international and global dimensions of transformation in communications is led by new media technologies.

    Introducing Media Communications: Publicity, Persuasion and Propaganda

    Explore the field of public and professional media communications whilst developing both theoretical and practical skills. This module will develop both your communications and writing skills as you focus on examinations of advertising, public relations, the creative industries and journalism.

    Media Communications and Digital Cultures

    You will study the communications revolutions associated with the emergence of print and electronic media, with specific emphasis on their social, cultural and political consequences

    Psychology of Communication

    You will study the nature of communication within the individual person, between individuals, and between different groups.

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    French Language Two

    The core language module, developing 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.

    Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Explorations of Identity and Selfhood (core module)

    Examine a wide range of theories on selfhood and identity as well as taking part in self reflection.This module will start from a common sense approach whilst moving steadily towards more complex understandings of the nature of identity and the concept of selfhood.

    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.

    Communication & Society optional modules

    Advertising, Public Relations and Journalism 1: The New Creativity

    Look at the histories of advertising, public relations and journalism, and explore the new modes of creativity are transforming working methods within the contemporary economy. You'll explore the interchange between economic developments, new forms of communication, media technology and the development of sociology and psychology that have resulted in an increase in creativity. You'll also receive practical training within a range of core writing and analysis skills which are designed to enhance your communicative skills.

    Communications and Creativity Toolkit

    This module will teach you new skills and will help you to expand your understanding of communications and creative industries. You'll combine insights from a range of disciplines and creative practices to generate a 'toolkit' for both the intellectual understanding of communications and creativity, and the practical development of creative practices in various forms. You'll also be introduced to a various styles of writing such as: commercial copy writing, writing for the web and journalistic writing.

    Digital Identities

    Combine a range of academic perspectives to understand the technological transformations and political implications of digital culture and communication. This module will equip you with a range of critical perspectives on the problematic contexts of the digital revolutions that are transforming our world and our identities.

    Gender and Sexuality

    Address important questions about gender and sexuality and engage with a range of issues such as sexual dysfunctions, gender stereotyping and the politics that surround this relationship.

    Media and Culture in Asia

    During this module you'll explore the cultural impact that new media technologies like mobile phones and the internet are having on East Asian societies. You'll investigate important issues in East Asian media and cultural studies such as cultural imperialism, media censorship; media and youth culture in Asia and the impact of globalisation.

  • 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

    Communication & Society 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 will allow you to engage with key themes which you've explored through your course.

    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.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.

    Communication & Society optional modules

    Advertising, Public Relations and Journalism 2: Convergence and Creativity in the Digital Age

    Examine and critique the world of professional communication and take part in workshops to help you further develop your writing, digital literacy and image analysis skills.The borderlines between commercial copy, reportage and entertainment are blurring, and the new generation of creative professionals must be capable of finding their way in not just the contemporary communications landscape but the future one as well. Therefore, this module will help you to develop a flexible, creative and critical working practices that can be used across various outlets and technologies.

    Self in Crisis: Power, Prejudice and Otherness

    Examine a range of debates in contemporary society about the nature of identity and selfhood. The module will consider the troubling of contemporary selfhood in more existential terms; that is, in terms of the actual lives and experiences of people, as flesh and blood, as they intersect with various forms of social power.

    DJ Cultures: History, Theory and Technique

    Gain a basic taster introduction to DJ technology and the practical techniques of DJ performance. You'll explore the controversial politics and ‘moral panics’ surrounding pleasure, gender, dance and race as they relate to DJ cultures, whilst considering the use of music as a powerful mode of communication. This module incorporates an examination of professional DJ event management and promotion, as well as exploring the transferable nature of the skills and knowledge taught on the module.

    Trans-National and Alternative Media

    Examine the growth of alternative forms of media practice which reach beyond national boundaries to generate trans-national communities. You'll learn to appreciate the important battles that are being fought over crucial issues of freedom, ownership and censorship that are thrown by the transnational penetration and global reach of new media forms and styles.

    Humanity in the Natural World

    Explore the relationship between humanity and nature from psychological, cultural, and historical perspectives. You'll also be encouraged to explore many avenues towards creating a healthier world in relation to ecofeminism, deep ecology and animal liberation. You'll investigate the roles of and practices of groups such as Sea Shepherds and Greenpeace who aim to protect wilderness and wild creatures, whilst studying potential future scenarios for nature, humans and non human habitats.

    Political Communication and Society

    The module will look at the ways in which the political establishment, and individuals engage in politics, communicate with society in times of war and peace. You'll focus mainly on British and American politics but some light will be shed on other countries across the world.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

Each year students 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, students have the opportunity to select between an equally weighted joint honours course and a more specialised pathway depending on their interests.

Teaching principally takes place through a combination of:

  • lectures (where tutors introduce the key ideas)
  • seminars (organised on the basis of smaller group discussion of those ideas).

Contact hours

Staff will also generally offer office hours, where you can sign up to see them in small groups or on a one-to-one basis, perhaps to discuss an essay plan 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 coursework (68%) and written (32%)
  • Year 2 coursework (90%), written (5%) and practical (5%)
  • Final Year coursework (83%) and written (17%)

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 (24%), independent study (74%) and placements (2%)
  • Year 3 placements (100%)
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%), independent study (73%)

94% student satisfaction rate for French Studies (NSS 2018).

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.

Excellent placement opportunities

All students studying French have the opportunity to spend their third year studying at a partner university in France or working in a French-speaking country. There are no fees for this fantastic opportunity and students remaining within Europe receive a grant from the EU regardless of the type of placement they opt for. Students on work placement, often as a language assistant in a French school, are also paid whilst abroad.

It’s also possible to opt for a work placement module in the second half of your second year. Placements will be short and intensive and include an academic assessment or project as part of your degree. The School's Employability Coordinator and placement tutors help source and secure placements relevant to your course or preferred joint honours subject.

93% of our communication & society joint honours undergraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degree (DLHE 2016-17).

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.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Tel: +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.

Still need help?

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