Teaching and learning in 2020/21

In order to prioritise the safety of students and staff, we are planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and onsite learning. For more details on changes to this course, see our undergraduate course changes page or postgraduate course changes page.

Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 3 or 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our French and Linguistics BA trains you to be a competent linguist ready to enter graduate employment.

Our degree offers the exciting combination of the study of French language and culture alongside the wider study of the forms, structures and varieties of language itself.

You'll develop a high level of competence in oral and written communication in French, proficiency in language transfer skills, and a thorough knowledge of French culture. On graduation, you'll be able to thrive linguistically in diverse cultural situations.

You'll study an integrated curriculum with a focus on applied language skills and cultural studies, supported by a rigorous development of your foreign languages skills in all areas. We teach in an integrated interdisciplinary way, exploring the connections between language and culture and the broader historical and cross-cultural contexts in which they are produced. 

We place particular emphasis on employability and the contemporary cultural context, and offer high-quality teaching in all language skills.

The linguistics component of your combined degree will develop your understanding and knowledge of language to an advanced and sophisticated level, while fostering and enhancing your skills in using English.

Between Years 2 and 3, you'll have the opportunity to spend a full academic year abroad at one of our partner institutions, or undertake an approved form of employment in a country where French is the official language, such as France, Canada or Belgium. You may work as a paid language assistant in a foreign school or undertake a work (or volunteering) placement, both of which give you a valuable opportunity to boost your employability while improving your language competence. 

Our French courses are only available to beginner or intermediate entrants. Please note that we may need to test you to determine your entry point. 

Top reasons to study with us

  • Enhance your language skills abroad – You'll have the option to spend a full academic year abroad in your third year, or shorter periods ranging from a few days to a full semester
  • Mix language with culture – Develop your French language skills alongside your cultural knowledge of the French-speaking world with additional focus on French outside Europe
  • Expert teaching – You'll study with world experts in creoles, pidgins and sociolinguistics
  • Be supported – You'll receive individually focused academic support through our tutorial modules

Course structure

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

Subjects of study include:

  • Exploring Language
  • Intercultural Communication – an Introduction
  • Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
  • Language Myths
  • Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums
  • The French World and the Word

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

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

Credit Level 5

Between Years 2 and 3 you'll have the option to spend a full academic year abroad at a partner institution and/or approved form of employment in a country where French is the official language.

Subjects of study include:

  • Themes in French Studies
  • Dissertation/Professional Project
  • Dreaming the Same Dream? Concepts of Happiness Across Cultures
  • Narrating the Other: Politics and Literature
  • People and Things on the Move: Identity, Place and Memory in and across Diasporic Spaces
  • Gender Matters: Femininities, Masculinities and Trans-Cultural Practice
  • Developing Career Competencies for Linguists
  • Language Contact and Change
  • Language and Power
  • Language Form
  • Studies in Literary Language

Credit Level 6

Professional recognition

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

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers and support you to achieve your full potential.

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Boost your employability

French was the third most desired language by employers in 2019, according to a report by CBI/Pearson.

Source: CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey report 2019.

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Futureproof your career

The British Council named French as the third most important language for the future in 2017. 

Source: British Council.

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International experience

Gain work experience while developing your language skills by taking part in a semester or an academic year working or volunteering in a French-speaking country, such as France, Canada or Belgium. 

Work experience

You have the opportunity to spend an optional year abroad working or volunteering in a French-speaking country.

You can also choose to undertake a supported work placement module in your final year.

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles in a range of fields, including:

  • Civil Service
  • Digital copywriting
  • Language teaching
  • Speech therapy
  • Teaching and education
  • Translation and interpreting

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • Clarins
  • Crystal Ski Holidays
  • NHS England
  • Purple
  • Wright Marshall

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Why study this course?

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Study linguistics at the heart of a polyglot city

Our Regent Campus is based around one of London’s most vibrant streets and puts you in the heart of multicultural London. 

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Practise with native speakers

You'll have free access to Chatterbox - an online and in-person service that links language learners with refugee language teachers, allowing you to develop your language skills with a native speaker.

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Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) partner

We're committed to supporting the development of our linguists and we work closely with the CIOL. 

Studying Languages at the University of Westminster

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BCC to ABB
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D*
  • Access – 104 to 128 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

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

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

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

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

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

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

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points

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

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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.

Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

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 up to £50 for additional materials at Level 4, £50 at Level 5 and £50 at Level 6.

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

International tuition fee: £14,000 (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 up to £50 for additional materials at Level 4, £50 at Level 5 and £50 at Level 6.

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

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Data from the academic year 2019/20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Studying at Regent Campus

Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites, situated on and around Regent Street – one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London.

Our Humanities subjects are based at 309 Regent Street, which includes recently refurbished social spaces, gym facilities and our Regent Street Cinema.

For more details, visit our locations page.

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