Why study French with Chinese 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
Why study at Warwick
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
French with Chinese (75% French, 25% Chinese) will enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of the language, literature, culture, society and politics of France and the Francophone world, in both a historical and a contemporary perspective, to promote a lasting interest in, and enjoyment of, French cultural variety. At the same time, you'll also be able to learn a new language, Chinese.
The study of Mandarin Chinese language on this course is suitable for applicants who are beginners in the language or with a qualification up to A-Level standard (or equivalent) in Mandarin Chinese. However, please note that applicants with Mandarin Chinese language ability above this level, including native speakers, would not be suitable for this course. You will develop your linguistic skills by taking a language module in your first and intermediate years.
You can spend your year abroad either in a French-speaking country for the whole year, or you can split your time between a French-speaking country and China (subject to the approval of exchange partners). You can go abroad either in year 2 or 3 of your degree.
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 a year of your course abroad, either in your second or third year. 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 ABB including French
International Baccalaureate: 34 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.
All candidates must offer A Level or Higher Level qualifications in French.
The study of Mandarin Chinese language on this course is suitable for applicants who are beginners in the language or with a qualification up to A-Level standard (or equivalent) in Mandarin Chinese. However, please note that applicants with Mandarin Chinese language ability above this level, including native speakers, would not be suitable for this course.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
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: R120 BA/Fre
What modules could I study?
We offer a wide variety of modules exploring French language, culture, society and history, as well as introductory modules in Chinese.
More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.
*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
What careers can a Warwick degree in French 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.