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French and History (Full-Time)

Why study French and History 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.

  • The course is partly delivered by the Department of History, which is consistently ranked by national league tables as one of the best History departments in the UK. With a strong international reputation, the department was ranked 15th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16.

Dr Kate Astbury

French Studies

Dr Sarah Hodges


Jack Mercer

French Undergraduate

Why study at Warwick?

A view from our academics

What will I learn?

In this degree (50% French, 50% History), you will develop an in-depth knowledge of French language and culture and a multifaceted understanding of historical processes. It will allow you to tailor a coherent combination of modules focusing on a variety of areas ranging from French and Francophone literature, cinema and politics to, for instance, the history of the Renaissance, the modern history of Britain, France and Russia or the history of the wider world with modules on India and China. There is also a core language module in every year of study and this is complemented by a year spent in a French-speaking country, so your level of linguistic ability will match that of students doing French Studies and you will graduate with joint honours in both History and French.

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.

Entry Requirements

A level AAB including A level French at minimum grade B and History at minimum grade A

International Baccalaureate 36 points including 5 in Higher Level French and 6 in Higher Level History

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.

Essential subjects

A level French at minimum grade B and History at minimum grade A.

Further Information

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.

What modules could I study?

We offer a wide variety of modules exploring French 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 History 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.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAB including A level French at minimum grade B and History at minimum grade A
IB: 36 points including 5 in Higher Level French and 6 in Higher Level History


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year) including a year abroad

Department website

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Department of History

Student blogs

Zoe Duffy - French

Juliette Bone - French

Joely Axelrod - History

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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.