French and Middle Eastern Studies BA (Full time) 2018 start
UCAS code: RTC6
Start date: September 2018
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer: ABB
(specific subjects required)
UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes
French at Leeds allows you to become fluent in a major world language while gaining an insight into the literature, cinema, history and politics of the Francophone world. Core modules will develop your language skills and introduce you to key aspects of Francophone culture. You’ll then choose from an impressive range of optional modules on topics as diverse as medieval romances, the French Revolution, postcolonial cinema and Francophone Africa.
Middle Eastern Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to the politics, history and cultures of a complex and fascinating region. Core modules will introduce you to the diversity of cultures, religions and ethnicities in the region as well as Arabic and Islamic history. Youll then develop specialist knowledge with your choice of optional modules, from the Arabic media and popular culture to the Arab-Israeli Conflict and democratisation in the Middle East and North Africa.Back to top
A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects. You’ll study one of our Cornerstone modules in Year 1 to draw your two subjects together, and apply your knowledge and skills to a major research project in either subject in your final year.
Youll improve your language skills in your first year and be introduced to French culture and history. In the following year youll develop this knowledge with further core language study and choose from a range of optional modules, before you spend your time abroad working or studying in a Francophone country. When you return, youll refine your skills with advanced language classes and choose from further options on aspects of Francophone culture, history and the French language in professional contexts.
Middle Eastern Studies
Youll be introduced to early Arab and Islamic history in your first year to put your studies into context, while exploring the diversity of the Middle East. In the following year youll take core modules exploring the recent history and different cultures of the region, and may have the chance to study optional modules. In your final year, youll explore Middle East politics and choose from further options relating to Middle Eastern politics and culture.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
|Early and Medieval Islamic History||20 credits|
|Introduction to the Middle East: Politics, Culture and Religion||20 credits|
|Language Awareness and Skills||20 credits|
|Introduction to French Studies (Resistance and Desire)||20 credits|
|IT for LCS Students||5 credits|
|Introduction to Skills in French Translation||20 credits|
|World Histories||20 credits|
|Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application||20 credits|
|Politics, Culture and Society||20 credits|
|Discourse, Culture and Identity||20 credits|
|Culture and Society in the Arab World||20 credits|
|Modern Middle Eastern History||20 credits|
|Language in Contexts||20 credits|
|Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict||20 credits|
|Contemporary Arabic Media||20 credits|
|The Foundations of Modern French Thought||20 credits|
|The French Language Today||20 credits|
|The Pleasures of French Poetry||20 credits|
|Introduction to Professional Translation and Interpreting||20 credits|
|Year Abroad||120 credits|
|Middle Eastern Politics: Regimes, Societies and Conflict||20 credits|
|Advanced Language Skills||20 credits|
|Arab Drama on Stage and Screen||20 credits|
|Authoritarianism and Democratisation in the Arab World||20 credits|
|The French Novel in the Nineteenth Century: From the Mill to the Mine||20 credits|
|French Popular Culture||20 credits|
|Paris in Revolt. The May 1968 events, past and present||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
Our tutors are experts in their fields, and their teaching is informed by their own cutting-edge research.
We use a range of teaching methods to help you benefit from their expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials or occasionally workshops. However, independent study is also central to this degree, since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. You will be able to apply your skills and knowledge in a Final Year Research Project on a topic of your own choice.
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Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: ABB including A in French.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
M1, M1, M1 including French
34 overall (16 higher), including 6 higher level points in French.
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 including H2 in French
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
BB in Advanced Highers including French and AABBB in Highers, or B in French in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers
The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.
European Baccalaureate: 77% including 85% in French.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABC at A Level including A in French and grade A in the EPQ.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBC at A Level including B in French and pass Access to Leeds.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions team.
English language requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.Back to top
Studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of two subjects, including proficiency in a major world language. As well as demonstrating that youre intellectually versatile, your degree will equip you with a wide range of skills across different disciplines that employers actively seek.
Youll have good research skills, and youll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. Youll then be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, youll have strong research and organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team. You will also have a strong understanding of cultural diversity, allowing you to work effectively with people whose backgrounds differ from yours.
All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and graduates have pursued careers across the globe that reflect the diversity of their degrees. Theyve gone on to be successful in education, the media, law, publishing, the civil service, business and finance and the charity sector to name a few. Many others have also pursued postgraduate study, including further training in language-based careers such as translating and interpreting.
To find out more about graduate destinations in your subjects, please see the relevant Single Honours pages.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.Back to top
Youll spend your third year in France or another Francophone country, immersing yourself in local culture and cultivating your language skills.
We have partnerships with a number of universities in France and Canada where you can decide to study the equivalent of your course alongside French students or take an intensive language course for learners of French. Alternatively, you can apply for a work placement with one of our partner companies in France, or set up your own placement. You can also work as a language assistant in a school under the British Councils programme.
Whatever you choose to do, youll gain a new insight into a French-speaking society as well as valuable experience of adapting to another culture. If you choose to work during your time abroad, youll also return with work experience to increase your appeal to employers. For many of our students, its the real highlight of their course.
Read more about Residence Abroad in French
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