At Birmingham, you’ll benefit from an intellectually challenging and stimulating environment for your undergraduate studies, focused on ensuring you’re a fully supported and active learner. Our degrees are designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational development; a balance that’s highly sought after by employers in today's intellectual and creative industries.
Your French studies are designed to give you an in-depth knowledge of the language and culture of France. We put an emphasis on small group teaching and encourage student participation. We produce confident, enthusiastic, articulate graduates with excellent potential for employment in the UK and beyond.
Geography at Birmingham combines a sound academic training with an insight into practical, social, economic and environmental issues. You refine perspectives and develop skills in a degree programme that encourages the use of imagination and observation to resolve real problems affecting people and environments. Our modular structure allows you maximum flexibility in developing your own interests without channelling you into decisive choices too early.
The degree programme is four years in length, and you will spend your third year abroad.
Why study this course
- Outstanding staff: Students give our staff excellent ratings: 94% of Geography and 96% of French Studies students agreeing that staff are good at explaining things and 93% and 92% respectively agreeing that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching. Great teaching helps our students develop to their full academic potential. Our staff produce high quality research which directly influences their teaching.
- Superb employability rates: Amongst our students who graduated in July 2013, 87% of both Modern Languages and Geography students and were in work or further study 6 months after graduation – 85% of those were in professional or managerial roles.
- Broad curriculum: You will benefit from an exceptionally broad and flexible curriculum. Choose from a wealth of French Studies modulescovering history, politics, culture, society, business, skills such as translation and so on, and Geography modules covering all aspects of human, environmental and physical geography and specialist techniques such as computer cartography.
- Travel opportunities: All our language degrees involve time abroad – whether that’s on the European Cultural Tours, Geography field trips or your Year Abroad, when you can choose to study, teach or work in another country.
- Active student language societies: Join one of our language student societies or our student magazine The UoB Linguist to develop your language skills outside your teaching, make new friends who share your passion for languages and attend interesting and diverse extra-curricular events.
Read more about our strengths.
French Studies open day talks
[Video above - Dr Ursula Gonthier delivers an undergraduate open day talk about studying French at the University]
Joint honours open day talk
[Video above - Dr Craig Blunt delivers an undergraduate open day talk about studying Joint Honours at the University]
Please be aware that the following information is intended to provide prospective students with an indicative guide of the modules offered by the School. However, our research is constantly exploring new areas and directions of study, therefore some modules may be dropped and new ones offered in their place.
French: In the first year of your programme, you will study 3 modules – French language, La France moderne (an introduction to French politics and history) and an Introduction to French Literature and Film Studies.
Geography: The modular structure allows you maximum flexibility in developing your own interests without channelling you into decisive choices too early. In the first year you will be exposed to the main principles of human and physical geography, to global environmental issues, and various practical skills. You will also explore contemporary urban issues using Birmingham as a real-world laboratory. The first semester includes residential fieldwork in human and physical geography.
French: As you progress into the second year of the course you follow core language modules, as well as specialist modules focusing on politics, culture, literature or film so you are increasingly free to tailor the programme to suit your own interests.
Geography: You are now introduced to specialist techniques such as computer cartography and the use of databases and spreadsheets. You learn how to develop a research proposal, which may be the starting point for your dissertation in the final year. Training in more advanced fieldwork skills is provided by courses held in European centres. You also choose from optional modules in many different branches of Geography.
The third year is normally spent following a programme of study at one of our many partner universities in France or Montreal in Canada.
You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of specialist language, culture and Geography options that are available in the final year. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a Dissertation module in either discipline, or combine both areas in a linked Dissertation.
Fees and funding
Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: AAB
Required subjects and grades: A level Geography grade A. A level French grade B
International baccalaureate update
Please note that we have reviewed our policy on the IB Diploma for 2016 entry and our offers will now focus on performance in Higher Level subjects. For more information and details please read our 2016 IB Diploma requirements.
We welcome applications from international students and invite you to join our vibrant community of over 4500 international students who represent 150 different countries. We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.
How to apply
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