BA Comparative Literatures and Cultures and French (QR38)

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Course summary

BA Comparative Literatures and Cultures and French gives you an unmatched opportunity to study international cultural production in depth and breadth, while also studying French. French is available from beginners' level and post-A level (or equivalent).

You will study the literatures and cultures of the world in comparative frameworks that draw on methodologies from textual, cultural and visual studies, as well as from translation, philosophy, history, social science and critical theory. Texts are read in English translation.

This programme encourages attributes highly valued by employers, including intercultural understanding, analytical and critical thinking, clarity and self confidence in communication, an aptitude for collaborative work, and creativity. It will instil habits of curiosity, openness, rigour, self-reflection, and evidence-based thinking, preparing you for careers within a wide variety of sectors.

All modern languages students have access to our state-of-the-art Multimedia Centre, with a collection of films, cinema suite, audio recording and video editing studio, computer and language lab, and study areas. You can access extracurricular activities such as talks by visiting speakers, societies, language cafes, student newspapers and talent shows.

Course structure

In the first two years you will study core units, such as:

  • Comparative Literature: What is it and how can we practise it?
  • Introduction to Visual Cultures
  • Popular Representation and Institutions of Culture
  • Migrations of Culture.

Additionally, you will have a wide choice of optional units based in the culture of a single language or a combination of cultures. Teaching is informed by staff research interests and you will be taught by experts in their fields.

You will follow a structured language course in French, as well as explore the richness of French and Francophone history and culture, choosing from a wide range of units in literature, film, history, thought, politics, linguistics, and visual culture. You will spend your third year abroad in a French-speaking country, extending your language skills and cultural knowledge. To find out more about studying abroad, visit Centre for Study Abroad.

In your final year you will complete an innovative, supervised, independent project consisting of an extended essay on a topic of your choice and a public-facing element presented to the entire cohort.

Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, and one-to-one project supervision. Assessments may include presentations, essays, commentaries, exams, collaborative projects, debates, podcasts, video essays, and dissertations.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.

DDM in any Applied General BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma

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32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level
29 points overall with 14 at Higher Level

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77% overall
Advanced Higher: AB, and Standard Higher: AABBB
Access to HE Diploma in Humanities, Social Sciences, Law or History (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include 15 credits at Distinction and 30 at Merit or above.

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Requirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/M2 is B, and M3 is C.
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