This is one of several subject combinations available in our BA (Honours) Language Studies (Q30). For your study of English, you’ll find out how the language works, study its history, its politics and how it came to be such a hugely influential global language. Your French studies will cover a range of aspects relating to the language and its cultures around the world.
On completion, you’ll be an independent and intercultural user of French and have a robust and wide-ranging understanding of the English language. This will make you an effective global communicator, able to mediate between cultures and operate effectively in a vast range of professions in the public and private sector.
Key features of the course
- Learn about French cultures and develop your intercultural communicative competence
- Explore the evolution and diversification of English as a global language
- Develop your critical thinking and communicative skills that will be valued in the workplace and beneficial to further study
- Become fluent in French, taking your language proficiency to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference
This qualification has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.
- You’ll start Stage 1 with a compulsory 30-credit introductory module.
- Thereafter, for your remaining 330 credits, you’ll combine French with the study of English, choosing a starting point based on your current modern language proficiency.
There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification.
There’s a choice of starting points in your chosen modern language(s) depending on your current level of confidence and proficiency.
Skills for career development
By the time you graduate, you’ll be an effective communicator with an awareness of cultural differences and similarities – attributes that are particularly valuable in an environment of increasing international contact. If you learn about English alongside another language, your study of its structure, history, and place in societies and cultures will greatly enrich and develop your understanding of all aspects of communication.
Certain skills flow directly from your studies like translation, fluent communication in more than one language, the ability to compose and analyse a range of texts, and the ability to work well with members of other cultures and communities. You’ll also develop a broad set of employability skills, including the ability to:
- manage and motivate yourself
- plan, organise and prioritise your work
- manage time and work independently and as part of a team
- evaluate and reflect on your own work
- set realistic objectives and meet your own goals
- understand contemporary global issues and appreciate cultural diversity
- draw together, analyse and critically evaluate information
- use your knowledge about how language works in a range of settings
- communicate effectively, clearly and accurately with others
- put together reasoned arguments and question assumptions
- use information and communication technology (ICT) effectively
- analyse data and undertake research using a range of methods.
As a linguist, you’ll enjoy a broad range of career opportunities directly related to your field: teaching; translating; interpreting; the diplomatic service; the media (publishing, journalism and advertising); leisure, tourism and travel; and working in international organisations and government bodies. There is also particular demand for language skills in education and more broadly across the economy in client-facing roles. These range from business development, sales, marketing, logistics, tourism to supporting and managing performance in global markets, and to offering services (from health and social care to driving instruction) in an increasingly diverse UK. Studying a language can also be your passport to a new life abroad.
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Last updated January 22, 2018