French and History

Entry Year:2019

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
VR11
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. Applicants must have studied French to at least GCSE level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£16,200
Funding information
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Overview

Study French language and culture, putting what you learn into the wider context of European history.

You’ll study at two top departments – French at Queen Mary was rated 100 per cent and History 92 per cent for overall student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Survey.

The first year offers a broad introduction to each area of study. In subsequent years, you’ll choose modules in European history and French literature, culture and thought that complement each other. You’ll divide your time equally between both subjects, following a programme that will develop your linguistic and intercultural competence.

Teaching of written and spoken French continues all the way through to your final year, combining practical language teaching with modules that explore the language in different contexts.

You’ll spend your third year studying or working in France or a French-speaking country, immersing yourself in its language and society.

In your final year, you’ll complete original research on a history special subject of your choice.

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Structure

Year 1

Compulsory

  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages
  • French Foundations
  • French I
  • History in Practice

Choose from

  • Europe in a Global Context since 1800
  • Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801

Choose from

  • From Reformation to Revolution Europe and the World from 1500-1800
  • What the Middle Ages have done for us, Europe 1100-1500

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • French II
  • Translation into French

Choose two from

  • A Century of Extremes: Germany 1890-1990
  • Britain and Europe 1945-1963
  • Challenging Europe’s Political and Social order: The 1848 French Revolution

Choose from

  • 20th century French Thought: Values and Violence
  • Memories of WWII in Literature, Film and Art
  • Out of Place: Literature and Dislocation
  • The Sounds of French
  • The Story of my Life?: French Autobiography and Autofiction

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

  • Year abroad

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

Compulsory

  • French III
  • History special subject: The French Civil War 1934-44 (I & II)

Choose one or two from

  • Advanced Oral Competence in French
  • French Feminist Writing
  • Language and Society in the French-speaking World
  • Languages in the Classroom: Teaching French
  • Lovers and Libertines: 18th century French Fiction
  • Modern Languages Research Project
  • Proust

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year abroad

You have three options for how you spend your year in a French-speaking country:

  • teaching English as a foreign language assistant
  • attending university
  • in the professional world, either on a work placement with our support, or independently with our approval.

Our French-speaking partner institutions are:

  • Aix-Marseille d’Avignon Université
  • Université de Genève
  • Université Catholique de Lille
  • Université Catholique de Louvain
  • Université François Rabelais
  • Université Paris-Sorbonne
  • Université de la Réunion.

Teaching

Teaching and learning

You'll receive approximately 10 to 13 hours of weekly contact time, in the form of lectures, seminars and language classes.

You will spend up to five hours per week in language classes – in small groups of no more than 20 for classroom or language lab teaching, and no more than 10 for oral and aural work.

For every hour spent in class, you'll complete a further two to three hours of independent study.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of written exams and coursework, final-year dissertations, independent projects and creative journals.

Resources and facilities

The Schools offer excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • the Multimedia Language Resource Centre, equipped with digital labs and resource rooms, teacher and student workstations, interactive whiteboards, and software for viewing live international satellite TV broadcasts
  • a vibrant History Society
  • the Queen Mary History Journal, a major scholarly publication stocked by the British Library, which is written, produced and edited entirely by students 
  • a central London location that offers ready access to a wealth of world-class libraries, archives, museums and galleries
  • subscriptions to foreign newspapers and journals
  • language clubs and social activities, including film screenings, discussion groups and debates.

Learn another language

If you’re interested in learning another language, you can sign up for a course at Queen Mary’s Language Centre, where you can choose from Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Japanese or Spanish.

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. Applicants must have studied French to at least GCSE level. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include History at Higher Level. This must include a minimum of 5 in Standard 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. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in History modules at Distinction. For programmes with French, applicants must have studied French to at least GCSE level. 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.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer 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.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Fluency in French will give you an advantage on the job market, whether in the UK, in Europe or internationally. Experience of studying history can be applied directly to careers in museums, education, or the arts and heritage sector. With a foot in both camps, you’re especially well placed for careers in diplomatic, international or charitable organisations.

You can also transfer the communication, research and analytical skills gained during your degree into other sectors, such as publishing, journalism and the civil service.

Recent French and History graduates have been hired by:

  • British Red Cross
  • RSVP
  • Ruby Pseudo (marketing agency)
  • Transport for London.

Career support

Both Schools hold alumni events to give you the opportunity to meet with former students, and discover how their studies have helped them progress their career.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

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About the Schools

School of Languages Linguistics and Film

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is friendly and vibrant. Our students produce podcasts and short films, put on plays and liaise with writers and journalists.

We’re visited by poets, novelists and outside experts, and have strong links with London’s cultural institutions.

In the 2017 National Student Survey, French and Hispanic Studies received overall satisfaction ratings of 100 per cent – top in the UK. German was ranked first in London and Hispanic Studies and Russian in the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018.

School of History

The School of History is ranked 11th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. 

Our staff are world-leading scholars engaged in innovative teaching and bringing history to the wider public on TV and radio: you will learn from academics at the forefront of research in their respective fields. Our London location offers students unrivalled access to museums, archives and libraries.

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