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French Studies and History BA (Hons)

Lancaster University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-22

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Lancaster’s joint French Studies and History degree is taught by the Department of Languages and Cultures in conjunction with the Department of History. This degree includes an international placement in year 3.

Your French Studies programme gives you the opportunity to acquire high-level language skills while gaining a thorough understanding of the country’s historical, cultural, social and political background in a global context. In History, you will develop your critical abilities studying modules in British, European and American world history.

Your first year comprises an exploration of the French language and its cultural context as well as the core History module ‘From Medieval to Modern: History and Historians’. Alongside this, you can choose the History module ‘People, Places, and the Past’ or a minor subject from another department.

Building on your language skills in Year 2, you will have the opportunity to study the culture, politics and history of the French-speaking world in more depth, as well as selecting modules which are international in scope and promote a comparative understanding of Europe and beyond. You will combine these with the core module, ‘The Nature and Practice of History’, and select options such as ‘A History of Paris, c. 1730 to the Present’ or ‘Three Colours, One Flag, One Empire: the French Colonial World, 1791-1962’.

Spending your third year abroad in a French-speaking country gives you the opportunity to develop your language proficiency while deepening your intercultural sensitivity. You can study at a partner institution or conduct a work placement.

Careers

In a globalised world, foreign languages combined with a knowledge of international history and contemporary cultures are likely highly valued by employers. During your degree you have the opportunity to develop the ability to think critically, analyse evidence and structure an argument, as well as gaining rich interpersonal, intercultural, cognitive and transferable skills. These skills will give you the opportunity to pursue a variety of careers such as working in museums and heritage, IT, business development, civil service, events management, finance, journalism, publishing, research and sales, as well as teaching and translating both in the UK and abroad.

Many graduates continue their studies at Lancaster, making the most of our excellent postgraduate research facilities. We offer Masters degrees in Translation, Languages and Cultures, and History as well as PhD research degrees.

Application deadline

15 January

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A level : AAB

A level French, or if this is to be studied from beginners’ level, AS grade B or A level grade B in another foreign language, or GCSE grade A or 7 in a foreign language. Native French speakers will not be accepted onto this scheme.

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University information

Lancaster University

  • University League Table

    11th

  • Campus address

    Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4YW, England

Students from over one hundred countries study at the Lancaster campus. An open and welcoming community, equality and diversity are valued.
Lancaster University offers students a range of award-winning, high-quality, safe and comfortable accommodation.
Lancaster University has a vast array of facilities including shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and a sports centre and swimming pool.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    27th out of 50 20

    21st out of 90 11

  • Entry standards

    / Max 226
    150 72%

    18th

    5
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65.0 65%

    28th

    27
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.81 76%

    45th

    1
  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    145 74%

    21st

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    66.0 66%

    22nd

    19
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.05 81%

    52nd

    4

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