Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £13,400 *
Duration 3 or 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This Modern Languages degree is designed to develop your knowledge, use and understanding of the French language and culture, along with the skills needed for effective communication in the professional global environment. 

The course enables you to achieve a good or high level of linguistic competence in French in all four skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking), and demonstrate a good or high degree of proficiency in mediating between French and English. You will be able to function linguistically in diverse cultural situations, and acquire qualities and skills in areas such as interpersonal communication and organisational skills, flexibility and tolerance, analysis and argument, autonomy and team working, and team management. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

We accept students at two different entry points – beginner or intermediate. Please note that we may need to test you to determine your entry point.

You will study an integrated curriculum with a focus on applied language skills and cultural studies, supported by a rigorous development of your foreign language skills in all areas. You can also study an elective module from across the University in each year.

Teaching and learning takes place through a combination of formal lectures, seminars and practical workshops; guided self-study and preparation; and exposure to professionally relevant simulations and real-work environments. Much of your learning will take place during independent study, individually and in groups, in the well-resourced and recently refurbished library, at home and via the online learning provision.

Assessment methods include in-class coursework, essays and projects, presentations, and oral and unseen written exams. 

Year abroad

An exciting option on this course is a year spent studying abroad. This is designed to enhance your language skills and allows you to experience the culture of the language you are studying. Usually you are placed in universities with which we have formal exchange agreements, and follow a programme of study agreed beforehand. The option of working as a language assistant in secondary schools abroad also exists for those whose first language is English, and some shorter placements are available.

We currently have exchange agreements with universities in the European Union and beyond. Some of these are particularly unusual and exciting. For example, students of Spanish may go to Argentina as well as Spain; students of French to Canada and Belgium as well as France. The arrangements for the year abroad may vary considerably from year to year due to factors beyond the University’s control, but we do guarantee an appropriate placement for every student enrolled on this course.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include:

  • Intercultural Communication: an Introduction
  • Interpersonal Global Communication: Concepts and Strategies
  • Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
  • Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums
  • The French World and the Word

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Culture(s) and Conflict(s): Representations of War, Conflict and Revolution across World Cultures
  • Expressions of French Culture
  • Language, Power and Institutions: Decoding Dominant Narratives
  • Transnational Issues and Local Cultures on Film
  • Complex Narratives: Representation, Meaning and Identity
  • Multilingual e-Collaboration: Transposing Current Affairs

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Developing Career Competences for Linguists
  • Dissertation/Professional Project
  • Dreaming the Same Dream? Concepts of Happiness across Cultures
  • Gender Matters: Femininities, Masculinities and Trans-Cultural Practice
  • Narrating the Other: Politics and Literature
  • People and Things on the Move: Identity, Place and Memory in and across Diasporic Spaces
  • Professionalising Global Communication
  • Themes in Contemporary French Studies

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Professional recognition

The University of Westminster is a Higher Education Language partner of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A Levels - BCC
  • International Baccalaureate - 28 points
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma - DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

We are ideally looking for evidence of successful language learning, formal or informal, in the applicant’s personal statement. We accept students at Beginners’ and Intermediate levels. Proficient students (native speaker level) will be directed towards our BA in Translation as a more appropriate course.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

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Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

Careers

Possible career paths include:

  • Foreign civil service
  • Communications careers in business, marketing, public relations, advertising, media
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Communication adviser
  • Diplomacy
  • NGOs
  • Event management
  • Digital media communication
  • Tourism

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

You should budget between £50-£100 for additional materials at Level 4 and £50-£100 at Level 5.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £13,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

You should budget between £50-£100 for additional materials at Level 4 and £50-£100 at Level 5.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites all situated on and around one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is based at 309 Regent Street and includes recently refurbished social spaces and gym facilities. Students in the faculty are also taught at our Wells Street site. Westminster Law School resides at Little Titchfield Street. Alongside a full mock courtroom, hi-tech learning spaces and a pro-bono clinic, it also houses our state-of-the-art, 382-seat lecture theatre. For more details, visit our locations page.

Contact us

Contact the Course Enquiries Team:

+44 (0)20 7915 5511

[email protected]

Opening hours (GMT): 9am–4.30pm Monday to Friday

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