201–250 th
World University Rankings 2020
42 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2019
Whiteknights House Whiteknights, PO Box 217, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6AH, United Kingdom

French Studies and English Language

This joint honours degree provides a solid grounding in the core mechanics and usage of language,and will enable you to write and speak confidently in French. Join our 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. Our small language classes, led by native speakers, and direct access to expert staff for help and feedback ensures you develop your language skills to the best of your ability. Pursue your own interests through a range of optional modules in French and francophone culture, history, literature, politics and film. You will have the opportunity to 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. You will also be able to explore a specific topic beyond the language you're learning through comparative modules. If you really enjoy French cinema, for example, then you can opt to take modules in European and World cinema and gain an even broader knowledge of the medium. 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. Our Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics has been a leader in the field for 50 years. You will analyse language, its use in different social settings, and how it is acquired and used by children and adults. During the degree, you will develop your knowledge of grammar and phonetics in order to become a highly skilled user and analyst of the English language. Our method of applying the theory you learn to real-life situations will help you to understand that theory — and also show how the subject is directly relevant to many key issues in twenty-first-century society and the workplace. You can spend up to a year in a French-speaking country, immersing yourself in the culture and language; study at a partner institution through the Erasmus+ programme, undertake a work placement or work as a British Council language teaching assistant. A core language module in the second year will prepare 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 the level you join the course at, you can expect to become highly skilled in written and spoken French by the final year. **Careers** By the time you graduate, you will be able to write and speak confidently in French — an immensely useful skill to have given that there is currently a great shortage of well-qualified linguists in the UK. As such, 98% of graduates from the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies are in work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE survey, 2015-16). You will develop transferable skills in analysis of language data, problem solving, team working and presentation skills. As a result, you will be suitably equipped for a wide range of career paths in areas such as teaching, publishing, marketing, advertising, media and law. 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) 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