201–250 th
World University Rankings 2020
42 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2019
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French and History - University of Reading

Combine the study of French culture and language with a broad exploration of history. Join our friendly and dynamic Department of Modern Languages and European Studies, which offers the opportunity to study in a lively, multilingual community with staff and students from all over the world. A total of 98% of our research overall in modern languages and linguistics is rated as world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised (Research Excellence Framework, 2014), which feeds directly into your learning. Master the fundamental elements of the language, to the point where you will graduate with a near-native command of it. We’re proud of our small language classes led by native speakers, supporting you to develop your language skills to the best of your ability. Pursue your own interests through a wide range of optional modules in French and francophone culture, history, literature, politics and film and study with staff who are internationally recognised experts in French-speaking literature, history and culture. These include the literature of the French Caribbean, French children’s literature and publishing, twentieth-century French history, Medieval literature, history and art, as well as translation and adaptation studies. For History, you will discover a thousand years of history, spanning Britain, Europe, Russia, Africa, America, the Middle East and South Asia and explore people, politics and revolution. We will teach you the skills you need to study and research history. Certain modules focus on French history, allowing you to explore the reigns of monarchs in Capetian France or the political leaders and groups during the French Revolution – a great way to complement your study of the language. Our degrees are highly flexible, enabling you to shape your studies to fit your own interests. You can immerse yourself in modules covering subjects such as magic, witchcraft and heresy, fascism and communism, gender and culture, and politics and colonialism. We take an individual approach to our students' learning, which is reflected in our 90% satisfaction score for the teaching on our courses in the National Student Survey 2017. An integral part of the course is the opportunity to spend up to a year in a French-speaking country, immersing yourself in the culture and developing your knowledge of French at the same time. You could study at a partner institution through the Erasmus+ programme, undertake a work placement or work as a British Council language teaching assistant. The core language module in your second year prepares you for your time abroad, equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to work and live in a different culture. We provide accelerated learning in French, meaning that you can start from beginner's level if you have not done French A level. Regardless of which level you join the course at, you can expect to become confident and highly skilled in written and spoken French by the final year. **Careers** By the time you graduate, you will be highly skilled in French — a big advantage given the current shortage of well-qualified linguists in the UK. As such, 98% of graduates from the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies being in work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE survey, 2015-16). The experience of studying or working abroad also distinguishes you from non-language graduates, providing evidence of self-reliance, adaptability and enterprise. Our graduates have an excellent record of gaining employment or progressing to further study. Recent graduates have gone on to careers ranging from translating, teaching and research (doctorates at Oxford and Queen Mary, University of London) to financial services (HSBC, Zurich Insurance), telecommunications (Vodafone), marketing, the fashion industry (Chanel), the international art business (Christie’s), and regional development (the Design Wales Project).

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
    Full-time
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Start date
    2020-10-01
  • Location
    Main Site,ReadingUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £16,475