BA honours in combination with another subject French 2016/17

Students taking the French programme have the opportunity to gain valuable foreign language skills and to learn about aspects of life and culture in France and French-speaking regions of the world.

We are one of the closest institutions to mainland Europe and have established exchange links with several French universities. Opportunities are available for making contact with students on the opposite side of the Channel, and using the language in real contexts. Field trips and visits to France are an integral part of the curriculum in each year of the programme. Erasmus exchanges and work experience in France are also possible.

Year 1 modules focus on the development of effective communication skills in the written and spoken mediums: consolidating grammatical knowledge of French, extending vocabulary and improving pronunciation and overall fluency as well as confidence in using the language. Emphasis is placed on linking the study of the language to current issues and general knowledge of social and cultural aspects of the country. In addition, students follow a module devoted to the introduction to translation from and into French. This module also focuses on intercultural studies, and a field-trip to Lille or another major city is included in the syllabus.

In Year 2, the emphasis is on the development of writing and academic skills, competence in oral presentations and general fluency. A joint project is carried out with students from L’Université du Littoral-Côte d’Opale in Boulogne and the research part of the exercise takes place in both the UK and France.

The French/English Translation module continues the introduction to the theory and practice of translation begun in Year 1. Modules on contemporary French civilization are based on topical and/or major issues relevant to students of French. These include aspects of contemporary French society, history, literature and cinema. Students gain an understanding and appreciation of the current social and cultural landscape of France.

The emphasis in Year 3 is on the attainment of a high level of accuracy and fluency, preparing students for further studies or use of French in professional contexts. The civilisation module covers in-depth study of contemporary French novels and cinema, French history and institutions since 1970 and other specific aspects of the French cultural scene at the beginning of the 21st century. The academic or work placement (10 weeks minimum for all students) is the basis of a half module in which students have to prepare a reflective diary and report in French on the value and benefits to them of their period spent in France.

There is also a half module specially devoted to the study of ‘Francophonie’ in the world. Students have the opportunity of examining the linguistic, cultural, geopolitical and economic realities of the French-speaking regions of the world.

Additionally, combined honours students may undertake a personal study involving an investigation and critical evaluation of an aspect of the life and culture of France or another French-speaking country. This study is supported by individual tutorials.

Studying a foreign language is vocationally advantageous in complementing the skills and knowledge acquired by students in their other subject studies. The practical orientation of the French programme offers a distinct advantage to students who wish to pursue a career in professions with a European and/or international dimension, since employers are increasingly recognising the importance of recruiting personnel with good foreign language skills. Access to PGCE programmes with languages is also possible both at secondary and at primary level.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course (with no PT option) are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office: .

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Some categories of additional costs are always payable by the student, as set out in the general principles.  These include costs for own purchase text books; DBS / Health Checks (although some may be reimbursed); Professional Body registration; travel to other sites; Library Fees and Fines; Printing & Photocopying; and travel and accommodation / subsistence costs whilst on Placements or Exchange visits.

Modes of learning and teaching include the following in all levels of the programme:

  • lectures in French
  • seminars and tutorials conducted in French
  • workshops
  • conversation and discussion classes
  • self-access study
  • visits and investigations during field trips
  • work placements where use of the language will be possible
  • use of audio-visual and IT material
  • self-development through residence in a French-speaking country
  • project and group work including in transnational groups

Assessment includes an even mixture of coursework and examinations, both comprising oral and written tasks. The range of tasks set is designed to give all students an opportunity to demonstrate their strengths in all areas of the subject.

The assessments for the language-based elements of the programme are varied in order to encompass the range of receptive and productive skills inherent in the language learning process, i.e. listening, speaking, reading and writing. Specific skills, including translation from French to English and summarising French text in English, are also assessed.

There is a requirement that you spend a minimum period of ten weeks studying or working in a French-speaking environment. This can be a whole year spent at a French University, usually the second year, or it can be a period of work, which is normally during the summer vacation at the end of your second year.  Some students get paid work, others don’t. Recent students have worked in Quebec and Switzerland, Belgium and everywhere in France from Boulogne to Nice. The only constant at the moment is that, if there are costs, they are paid by you, and that, whichever route you choose, the French degree at Canterbury Christ Church is a three-year programme.

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