Why study French and German Studies at Warwick?
- Our School of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises excellent academic specialisms (French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies) and the Language Centre (whose offerings also include Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Portuguese), leading to a powerful combination of languages, research interests and degree courses.
- The constituent academic subjects have consistently ranked among the very best in the UK in national and international league tables and are well known for their excellent scores in terms of student satisfaction. Modules and degree courses are under constant review, ensuring that they are fresh, effective and challenging. Some courses are open to students who are beginners or intermediate in a language.
- You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:
- the University Language Centre, where there are opportunities to take extra language courses in addition to your main course of study (additional fees apply)
- the Transnational Resources Centre (TRC), giving you exclusive access to over 3,000 DVDs in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese plus multimedia facilities, satellite television with integrated off-air recording facilities, video-editing software (with technical support), and DVD projection equipment.
Dr Kate Astbury
Dr Jim Jordon
French and German Undergraduate
Why study at Warwick?
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
This degree gives you the chance to study two European languages and their cultures, combining your progression in language work with a range of literary, cultural and political options. You will spend equal time studying the two subjects. You can choose to focus exclusively on post-1918 German culture (the Weimar Republic, National Socialism and German society and culture since 1945) or you can study aspects of 18th and 19th century German culture (the Age of Enlightenment and the Age of Revolution). In your final year you will be able to choose from a wide range of options covering culture, history, business and society. In French in your first year you will take a similar core module to that in German, introducing you to French culture, society and history. From your second year, you will choose from a large selection of modules such as Modern French Thinkers, Paris on Film, French Crime Fiction and Revolution and Empire. You can split your year abroad equally between the two languages or you can choose to spend the entire year in one country. If you take this latter option, we encourage and support you to spend time in a country of the other language.
Find out more about the degree structure and modules available via the department website.
How will I learn?
You will have around 12 hours of contact time per week. We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures, often to the whole year group; seminars of about 15 students, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written, spoken and lab-based language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading the primary texts, writing essays and working on your language skills.
How will I be assessed?
We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and
examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
You will spend the third year of your course abroad. We offer placements at carefully chosen partner institutions through the University’s study abroad scheme or through independent partnerships. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant, or to set up an independent work placement.
A level AAB including French
International Baccalaureate 36 points including 5 in Higher Level French
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
All candidates must offer A Level or Higher Level qualifications in French
This course offers two streams in German: Advanced (for applicants with German to A Level or IB Higher level, or equivalent) and Beginner (for applicants with no prior German qualifications or to a maximum of GCSE Level). Applicants with AS level or IB Standard Level German should contact firstname.lastname@example.org before applying.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews We do not normally interview candidates for any of our degree courses but may do so if we receive an application from someone with ‘non-standard’ qualifications.
Department offer holder days Candidates will be invited to one of four departmental offer-holder Open Days once they have been offered a place. Open Days take place during the spring term.
Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
UCAS: RR12 Ba/FrGe
What modules could I study?
We offer a wide variety of modules exploring both French and German language, culture, society and history.
More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.
Please note: Course structure is indicative. Modules on offer change year on year, dependent on staff research interests and availability.
What careers can a Warwick degree in French and German Studies lead to?
Our Modern Languages graduates have advanced linguistic skills, excellent intercultural awareness and highly
developed transferable skills, which are extremely sought after by employers.
Our graduates have entered fields as diverse as the media, the United Nations, company management, accountancy and finance, media and publishing, teaching, translating/interpreting, the civil service, law, travel and tourism, and arts and events management. Others choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level.
Examples of some of our recent graduates' careers include Assistant Producer, France 24 TV; Customer Care
Professional – German market, American Express; Fraud Investigator, Apple; Translator, The Lonely Planet; International Marketing Assistant, Next plc; International Graduate, HSBC Private Bank.
A level: AAB including French
IB: 36 points including 5 in Higher Level French
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year) including a year abroad
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.