French and Chinese (4 Years) [BA]
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UCAS course code: RT11
UCAS institution code: M20
Degree awarded: BA
Duration: 4 years
Typical A level offer: Grades AAB-ABB incl. French at grade A
Course fees: Please refer to the undergraduate fees pages for the latest information.
Academic department: School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures
Related website: www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/
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Contact telephone: +44 (0)161 275 3211
How to apply: Apply through UCAS.
BA (Hons) French and Chinese
Provides a comprehensive grounding in French language, literature, culture, history and linguistics. It enables students to become proficient enough in French to live and work effectively in a French-speaking environment. Students will also develop a firm grounding in Mandarin Chinese and in contemporary Chinese culture, society, economy and politics as well as China's changing relations with the West.
- Throughout the course students will be trained in modern spoken and written French by following a high level core language course. From Year One, students will discover how the language really works by learning about its morphology, syntax, phonology and phonetics.
- Students will thoroughly develop their French language skills by working with a variety of oral and written French texts and engaging in discussions in French (most of this language instruction takes place in French and is predominantly taught by native speakers).
- Core language courses at all levels of study are complemented by a variety of other French and Francophone-related topic areas, and by a period spent in a French-speaking country, which might be metropolitan France or further afield. Independent, monitored self study will reinforce your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.
- Students also take a set of broad-based content courses designed to provide essential grounding in key areas of French culture (especially visual studies), literature, history, society and linguistics. Some of the content teaching on these courses, in the first and subsequent years, is in English, so that you can focus fully on the new concepts introduced to you and can hone not only your French language skills, but also your expression and accuracy in English.
- Students will study Mandarin Chinese throughout the course. The core language teaching in Mandarin Chinese enables students to develop various linguistic skills: speaking and writing accurately; understanding and analysing audio, video and written material; using different registers; speaking to a group with confidence; and translating with appropriate sensitivity.
- At the same time, students can choose China-related topics in literature, film, cultural studies, politics, history, linguistics, economics, development studies, and business, drawing on the wide range of research expertise in Chinese Studies across the Faculty of Humanities. In this way, students will be able to tailor the course in keeping with the development of their interests.
The degree is awarded as a single class, based on the marks achieved in both languages.
- French Studies at the University of Manchester is unique in providing a newly-revised core language course within a highly supportive framework which helps you develop your language learning, guiding you in the areas you find more challenging. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of high level skills which are built on firm foundations of the knowledge of French syntax, morphology, phonetics and phonology, taught by a specialised team. In addition to guidance from specialists in the field, you have access to a wealth material and resources available via the University library and the Language Centre.
- A second feature of French Studies is the wide range of non-language courses available, incorporating a research component at all levels, which run from the medieval period to the present day. You can focus on:
- French culture (including literature, cultural politics; visual arts including photography, illustration and film),
- French history (for example, the French Enlightenment or aspects of the French experience of the Holocaust or Franco-Algerian relations)
- Linguistics (the department in unusual in that it has two specialists in French linguistics who offer courses, for example, on aspects of semantics and linguistic variation).
- Chinese Studies at Manchester is taught by a diverse team of internationally-recognised academic specialists in the field, supported by state-of-the-art resources in the John Rylands University Library and the University Language Centre. The Manchester undergraduate degree courses in Chinese are characterised by their quality, range and flexibility. They give you the opportunity either to build on existing advanced knowledge of the language (i.e. A-level or equivalent), or to study it as a beginner.
Course content for year 1
- You will study 60 credits from each discipline
- In your first year you will be equipped with a range of important skills such as linguistic expertise, the ability to read and analyse material, skills in presentation, group work and independent language learning.
- Content courses are broad-based at this level and cover a wide range of topics from the medieval period to aspects of contemporary French and francophone culture.
- In Chinese you will study the core module `Introduction to Chinese Studies¿ plus Chinese language.
Course content for year 2
- You may choose to study up to two thrids from either discipline or maintain equal weighting
- You build on the grounding already established. This year's core language course develops that of the previous year and prepares you for the linguistic challenges of your year abroad. The other courses available in your second year are more numerous and specialised than in the first year and include a research component in the second semester of study in which you develop your skills of analysis and information-gathering, working independently or in a group.
- In addition to continuing your study in Chinese language you may choose to develop your studies of China via a choice of courses in areas across the Humanities faculty such as literature, film, history, religion, society, culture, economics, anthropology and business, as well as begin to prepare for residence abroad.
Course content for year 3
- Your third year of study is spent abroad under approved conditions.
- You will have considerable freedom to divide your time between a country where French is spoken and a country where Chinese is spoken
- For further information on the year abroad please see the residence abroad webpage.
Course content for year 4
- You may choose to divide your studies equally between both languages or study up to two thrids from either language
- You will continue with your core French language course and choose additional units from a wide range of even more specialised courses, building effectively on Year Two study. Language study is centred on essay writing, translation into and out of French and oral work involving discussion of texts, debates and presentations. Also available in this year are course units which cover topics closely related to the research interests of individual members of staff. You can write a dissertation on a theme of your choice which can be related to one of your courses. Most students find this an especially rewarding part of their degree course.
- You can select from various modules from Chinese studies in religion, historical, cultural and social science areas.
- The language teaching programme continues to develop skills such as reading and writing Chinese, and includes work on interpreting and on translation as practical skills.
Languages qualify you for a wide range of employment. Your high-level language skills will open up numerous paths with an international dimension (e.g. business, industry and finance). You will also have excellent all-round communication skills making you a strong contender for openings in the media, PR and similar areas.
In our experience, many graduates go straight into business services, marketing, advertising, management, banking or communications. Others opt for postgraduate study or further vocational training to become accountants, lawyers, teachers (in England or abroad) or enter the Civil Service.
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- MI5 actively recruit graduates with language skills
- Past students have gone into areas as diverse as Radio Reporting, Advertising, Accountancy, Events Management, Commercial Management and International Sales.
- Graduates from The University of Manchester are amongst the highest paid in the country
- More employers recruit at The University of Manchester than at any other UK university
- The University of Manchester's Careers Service is consistently voted the best in the country by both students and employers
- The School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures is one of the largest and most diverse in the UK and has received the prestigious European Award for Languages from CiLT, the National Centre for Languages.
- The University hold open days twice a year (usually June and October) where you have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about the facilities and courses we offer.
- If your application is successful you will be invited to a visit day specifically for your area of study. On this day you will find out more about the School and its resources, meet members of staff and current students and discuss study aims and qualifications with admissions staff.
- We do not normally interview applicants. We make offers after carefully considering your UCAS application.
Selected entry requirements
A level: Grades AAB-ABB including French at grade A
AS level: Two AS-Levels may be accepted in place of the third A-Level.
Unit grade information: The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.
GCSE: Minimum grade C in English Language.
Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.
33-36 points overall
Higher Level Requirements
- French 6
- 2 further subjects 6,5 or 5,5
Irish Leaving Certificate: Contact us for further information
Scottish Highers are accepted only in combination with Advanced Highers.
Scottish Advanced Highers:
Grades AAB-ABB including French at grade A
Where a required subject is not available at Advanced Higher Level, and A-Level or equivalent is required
A pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate is acceptable in combination with 2 A-Levels. Please see the section on A-Levels for relevant subject specific requirements.
European Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the University for further information.
Other international entry requirements: The University of Manchester has a rich academic heritage and is one of the world¿s leading research-intensive universities. It also has a long history of welcoming international students and seeks to continue this tradition by admitting excellent students from across the world. Details of country specific entry requirements are available from the University website.
BTEC Extended Diploma: Applicants with BTEC qualifications are welcomed and are considered on an individual basis. Please see the sections on A-Level and GCSE entry requirements for subject specific qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma:
Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3. Minimum of 15 credits with a Distinction grade in French, plus 30 credits with a Merit grade. Where any subject is not available as part of the access course an A-level must be offered instead. They must also EITHER have GCSE English language (at Grade C or higher), OR be able to demonstrate achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having 6 credits in English language at Level 2. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.
Advanced Placement tests: The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Advanced/Progression Diploma: The University of Manchester welcomes the introduction of the level 3 specialised diplomas. We look forward to providing guidance regarding progression opportunities and subject and grade requirements when further details on equivalences are published
Non-standard educational routes:
If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines
Candidates must be proficient in the English language, which is the language of instruction and examination at the university.Average score of 6.5 in IETLS, CPE grade C, CAE, Grade B
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Teaching and learning
- You will be taught through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will spend approximately 12 hours each week in formal study sessions. For every hour spent at University you will be expected to complete a further 2 - 3 hours independent study. You will also need to study during the holiday periods.
- The individual study component could be spent reading, producing written work, revising for examinations or working in the University's Language Centre
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