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French and Hispanic Studies

RR41 BA (Hons) 4 years

Overview

In the National Student Survey 2017 (NSS 2017) both French and Hispanic Studies at Queen Mary achieved 100% in Student Satisfaction, ranking us first in the UK.

Studying modern languages is about more than vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation: you will also immerse yourself in culture, spend time working or studying abroad and learn to understand the subtleties of communication.

This degree programme is split equally between French and Hispanic Studies. Hispanic Studies covers both the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America and includes the study of Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan. To achieve the same high level of competence in both languages, you will take core modules in the written and spoken French and Spanish languages all the way through to your final year.  In your first year you will also take a foundation module introducing you to the linguistics, literature and culture of each language. In your second and final years, you broaden and deepen your knowledge by taking more specialised modules from a range of options in these areas. Your third year is normally spent abroad, in a country where either French or Spanish is spoken. You can choose to study at another university, or else take up a work placement, for example as a teaching assistant. You can choose to split the year between both languages.

Why study French and Hispanic Studies at Queen Mary?

We are one of the leading language departments in the UK and aim for excellence in both teaching and research. This means that you will learn from people who are at the forefront of their field.

You will spend a year abroad in the third year of your degree. This gives you an exceptional opportunity to develop your language skills among native speakers. As you are studying two languages you can divide your time between two countries, or spend a full nine months in one country. You have three main options for how to spend the year abroad: teaching English as a foreign language assistant; attending university abroad on an Erasmus exchange; or in the professional world, either on a work placement, with the School’s support, or independently, with the School’s approval.

We pride ourselves on the facilities we offer. Our computing services make us one of the best equipped languages departments in the UK. Advisers are on hand to help you take advantage of multilingual word-processing and to point you towards websites useful for language study. Our custom designed Multi-Media Resources Centre provides state-of-the-art language teaching and learning facilities. We also subscribe to many foreign newspapers and journals.

The Library has extensive audio-visual facilities, a large collection of videos and DVDs and is equipped for viewing foreign language satellite TV. Students also enjoy lively language clubs and societies which organise film showings, outings, drama productions and social meetings which give you the chance to practise your language as well as have fun.

Structure

Year 1

From 2017 we are introducing the QMUL Model to all our degrees.  For further information on this initiative please contact the Undergraduate Programmes team sllf-ug@qmul.ac.uk

  • French I (QMUL Model Module)
  • French Foundations (QMUL Model Module)
  • Introductory Spanish* (for ab initio entrants) or Spanish I* (for Post A-level entrants) or Spanish I N (for Heritage Speakers) (*QMUL Model Module)
  • Introduction to Hispanic Studies (QMUL Model Module)
  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages

Year 2

  • French II
  • Spanish II / Spanish II intensive (for ab initio entrants)

Options include:

  • Art in France: Manet to Early Picasso
  • Memories of WWII in Literature , Film and Art
  • Twentieth-Century French Thought: Violence and Values
  • French Phonetics and Phonology
  • Cuban Poetry and Fiction: Post 1980
  • Catalan Literature: An Introduction
  • Colonialism and Culture in Latin America
  • Manoel de Oliveira: Image and Utopia in Portugal's Cinema
  • Literature, Dictatorship and Cultural Memory in the Hispanic World

Year 3

  • Year abroad: written and oral assignments

Year 4

  • French III
  • Spanish III:

Options include

  • Sociolinguistics of French
  • Proust
  • New Women’s Writing in French
  • Advanced Oral Competence in Spanish
  • War, Humour and Love in Medieval Spanish Literature
  • Cervantes and the Nature of Fiction
  • The Mexican Revolution and its Aftermath
  • Spanish Translation: Theory and Practice
  • Subversive Humour in Modern Spanish and Latin American Literature and Film
  • Slavery, Colonialism and Postcolonialism in African Cinema
  • Modern Languages Research Project

For a complete list of modules please visit the directory of modules http://www.qmul.ac.uk/modules/

Use the following abbreviation in the Code search

  • FRE – French
  • POR – Portuguese
  • CAT – Catalan
  • HSP – Hispanic Studies

QMUL will aim to deliver your programme so that it closely matches the way in which it has been described to you by QMUL in print, online, and/or in person. However, it is important to realise that in some circumstances, we may change aspects of your programme. See our full terms and conditions to read more: 

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/prospective/termsandconditions/

Entry requirements

General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.

2018 Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades BBB at A-Level. This must include grade B or above in A-Level French. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 30 points overall, including 5,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 5 in Higher Level French.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. For programmes with French, grade B or above in A-Level French will be also be required. For all other single and joint honours language programmes, experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue, and a demonstrable aptitude for language study are required. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

General Admissions Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.

Vocational and Other Qualifications

The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.

Combined Qualifications

If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Advanced Entry

Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application for individual advice.

If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.

We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.

Non-UK students

European and International Applicants

Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.

Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) is happy to advise you further.

Further Information

For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Email: admissions@qmul.ac.uk

See our information and guidance on how to apply.

Learning and teaching

Learning and Teaching:
Teaching typically involves a lecture per week for each module, followed up by a smaller seminar group session where you will have the opportunity to actively contribute. In addition to this, you will spend up to five hours per week in language classes – you will be taught in small groups of no more than 20 for classroom or language lab teaching, and fewer than 10 for oral and aural work. We give our students individual attention and every student has an Adviser who can help with academic or personal problems. All the language programmes include writing-intensive modules that will help you strengthen your thinking, research and essay-writing skills.

Independent Study:
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete a further 5-6 hours of independent study.  Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations. 

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments.  However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability. 

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area.  This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment:
Assessment methods vary from module to module, and include a mixture of exams and coursework, coursework only, oral exams and aural exams, final-year dissertations and a range of more innovative methods, such as independent projects and creative journals.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018 entry
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2018 entry
Full-time £15,400

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
email: fees@qmul.ac.uk

Funding

Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

Graduate employment

Graduates from Queen Mary’s School of Languages, Linguistics and Film Studies go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers such as interpreting, teaching and publishing, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as marketing.

The broad range of skills gained through our language courses, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled students to move into careers such as:

Global Technical Support Representation Bloomberg
Assistant Tour Manager Sony
Trainee Manager Majestic Wine
Training Centre Co-ordinator ESI International
Fundraising Administrator Mildmay International
International Product Analyst Meta-Pack
Marketing Executive Mano
Tutor Freelance
Graduate Account Executive Hall & Partners
Publishing Assistant Medikidz
Journalist Self Employed
Interpreter Self Employed
English as a Foreign Language Teacher British Council

Careers support

In today's competitive jobs market, employers expect graduates to have a range of skills and work experience. Being based in London is a distinct advantage, and at QMUL we have designed programmes of careers support to help you take advantage of our capital location.

Alongside your studies, you'll have opportunities to:

• attend networking or industry events

• apply for internships in your ideal area of work

• volunteer with local or national charities

• work part-time.

And there's plenty of day-to-day support too. Whether you need help with writing a CV, developing your interview skills or planning further study once you graduate, we have teams of advisers on hand to give you the advice and support you need.

Visit: www.careers.qmul.ac.uk  and www.qmsu.org/volunteering

Learning a language

Even if you're not studying a language as part of your degree, you can still develop these skills by signing up for a course in QMUL's Language Centre. Choose from: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese or Spanish.

Visit: http://sllf.qmul.ac.uk/language-centre/language-learning/

Profiles

Name: Katie Holcroft (Graduated 2015)

Course: BA French & Hispanic Studies

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I really like the fact that students and language lecturers can get to know each other throughout the duration of the degree. It feels like a really personalised learning experience.

What are the main differences between school/college and undergraduate study?

Responsibility to motivate yourself! The fact that you can tailor your degree to your interests and find new interests and specialise in specific things

Was it an easy transition to makes?

At first writing essays to university standard was fairly challenging but I was given a lot of support

What's it like being a student in London?

There are so many things to do as a student in London. Of course there are bars, restaurant and clubs like any other major city but there are always free events, cultural events, language exchanges ll over the city. I have been to French music concerts at the Institut Francais as well as salsa lessons, Andalucian themed bars, latin parties and international language exchanges. I don’t think you could have that variety in many UK other cities!

Where did you spend your Year Abroad?

Valencia, Spain

What support did you receive while abroad?

I had support from the British Council, the QMUL Spanish Dept via regular email contact and my host school

What are the main differences you encountered?

I was a Language Assistant in a primary school so I learnt what it was like to have a responsible job after two years of living as a student. I had to fend for myself in a language I had only been learning two years so it was quite challenging at times but in the end I felt like I had learnt so much

 

Name: Ione Abbott (Graduated 2015)

Course: BA French & Hispanic Studies

What did you choose Queen Mary?

London location, campus based study, very good facilities, high quality teaching and good international reputation

Why did you choose your course?

It was high on the league table for Hispanic Studies and had very good student satisfaction in the French Department. London is the perfect location for studying languages due to the diverse range of Hispanic and Francophone cultural events, as well as the fact that it is possible to access language learning resources at the University of London libraries.

What are the main differences between school/college and undergraduate study?

At university the amount of independent study is significantly higher than secondary school, meaning that the you must be dedicated to doing your own research and reading up on subjects outside of class.

Was it an easy transition to makes?

The transition was challenging especially when in the first year the workload was a big step up from A-Levels. However I spoke to my personal advisor for advice and support which was extremely helpful in making this transition.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoyed the year abroad as I had the opportunity to travel, meet new people and experience a different way of life. Whilst at studying at QM, the courses offered within the School have been diverse, meaning that in my degree I have had the opportunity to study a wide range of literature as well as foreign film and linguistics.

Please tell us about anything else that you’ve really enjoyed or found useful during your time as a QMUL student

10: I was the travel editor for our French journal called L’Hex (https://lhexblog.wordpress.com) which we published each semester. We wrote this journal with the help of French and Francophone students from all the years at QM with the aim to create an interesting and informative language cultural journal

Year Abroad

Where did you spend your Year Abroad?

Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

What support did you receive while abroad?

I received a very good level of support from QM whilst abroad. In fact whilst at university I had a problem with one of my courses, however I spoke with the Year Abroad coordinator at QM and she was able to sort out the issue quickly and efficiently. We also received very good advice from our lecturers at QM before the year abroad, regarding what to expectin terms of cultural difference at university etc.

What are the main differences you encountered?

Adapting to a different university system was challenging, however very rewarding as I had the chance to study new literature and linguistics from a different perspective.

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