The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Comparative Literature and French BA (Hons)
This is a part-time, full-time joint honours programme within the French subject area.
- Subject area: French
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Code: RQ12
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Joint
- Mode of study: Part-time, Full-time
- Duration: 4 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: Yes
- Institution(s): University of Kent
Canterbury is the closest British university city to mainland Europe, and our proximity to the Channel ports and Ashford International station means you can be in France in just a couple of hours. There are also many French speaking students on campus, so you get a better chance to immerse yourself in the language than at any other university in the country. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), French at Kent came 7th in the UK, which means that during your studies at Kent you will be working with top-rated researchers.
At Kent, we have a wide range of links with French, Canadian, Belgium and Swiss universities. During your year abroad, as part of an Erasmus programme, you could begin to study for a French qualification (Licence), or alternatively you can gain work experience by becoming a language assistant in a French school or following other career paths. Our link with the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris also gives any student at Kent the opportunity to sit for the internationally recognised diplomas offered by that body. As a French student at Kent, you work closely in lectures, seminars and one-to-one tutorials, with staff who are specialists in literature, film, women's studies, philosophy, theory and linguistics as well as the seven language lectors who come from France and Switzerland.
Most of the modules are taught in French and we have instant access to French TV and radio thanks to up-to-date technology and satellite links.
As this is a joint honours programme, you may find it useful to read both of the following subject leaflets for more information:
As this is a joint honours subject, please see both subject leaflets below for more details about the modules you may take:
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Teaching and assessment
For most modules, you have one two-hour seminar per week. The Final-Year Dissertation is based entirely on your private research but is supervised by a tutor and includes workshops and the chance to participate in an undergraduate conference.
Assessment varies from 100% coursework to a combination of examination and coursework, usually in the ratio 50:50 or 40:60.
Compulsory language modules typically involve three to four hours of classes per week, including one hour of small group work with a native speaker. We also make extensive use of computer-assisted language learning packages and audio and video materials. Culture and literature modules typically involve a weekly two-hour seminar plus essay supervision. We employ seven French language lectors to help students improve their fluency.
At Stage 1, assessment is based 100% on coursework (essays, class participation) in the first half of the year, and a 50:50 combination of coursework and examination in the second half of the year. For Stages 2 and 3, depending on the modules you select, assessment varies from 100% coursework (extended essays or dissertation), to a combination of examination and coursework, in the ratio 60:40 or 50:50. Credits from your year abroad count towards your final degree.
Studying Comparative Literature you learn to think critically, develop the skills of close reading and effective communication, and gain confidence and experience in expressing your ideas. These key transferable skills are essential for graduates as they move into the job market.
Recently, our graduates have gone into careers such as teaching, publishing, marketing, radio, journalism, television and film, the Civil Service, advertising, graphic design and copywriting.
The ability to speak a European language other than English is a key asset in the global employment market, and many employers view a graduate with overseas experience as more employable. Through your studies, you also acquire many of the transferable skills considered essential by graduate employers. These include the ability to work independently and as part of a team, the confidence to offer creative solutions when faced with challenges and the ability to express your ideas with clarity and passion.
Our students go into areas such as international banking, diplomacy, publishing, journalism, international product management, interpreting and translating, European media, law or accountancy, and language teaching. Some go on to postgraduate study in fields as varied as international journalism, visual studies and translation.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
Passing the Kent IFP guarantees you entry onto the first year of this degree programme.
ABB from 3 A levels, IB Diploma 33 points overall or 16 points at Higher Level.
English Literature or English Language and Literature grade B where taken and French grade B/GCSE French grade B/aptitude for modern European languages
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Key Information Sets
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