French at Aberdeen has an outstanding reputation and is top-rated for teaching. The programme offers broad, flexible study, covering language, literature, history and culture, with five or four-year options, study periods abroad and many subject combinations for which a major European language adds huge advantage in today's world. French at Aberdeen has a long-standing reputation for teaching and research, exploring topics from the Middle Ages to the present day and the Caribbean to North Africa. You can study our undergraduate language courses at all levels, adding courses covering film, contemporary civilization, history and culture. Our flexible courses also invite you to combine French studies with almost any other subject, so you can tailor your degree to suit your own particular needs and interests. You will add to your growing language skills with courses in film, contemporary civilization and culture, Francophone and post-colonial studies, philosophy, history, sociology, linguistics, theatre, and most genres and periods of literature from the middle ages to the present day. You will be taught by staff recognised internationally for their research, from Medieval Studies to the politics of culture and difference in contemporary France. Single Honours in French Studies and most Joint Honours with French are available either as Mode A degrees (5 years) including a full academic year spent in a French-speaking country, or as Mode B degrees (4 years) including half a year spent in a French-speaking country. For both Mode A and Mode B, the first and second year is identical, so you do not need to decide between Mode A and Mode B until the December of the second year. We strongly recommend that you apply for the Mode A option. In Aberdeen, you will thrive in our friendly and dynamic international community, on our beautiful medieval campus with great facilities for learning, sports and leisure and the many opportunities to develop extra skills and interests and to gain the competitive advantage for whichever career path you choose.
View all modules on the programme page to find out more about what you will be studying and when. University of Aberdeen modules are designed to give you breadth and depth to your degree. The range of modules you study will allow you to become proficient in all subjects which are directly relevant to your degree giving you greater career options.
Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; Written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses. Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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No previous qualification in French is required for entry to the French beginners' course. Students who already have a qualification in French sit a placement test to determine the language course appropriate to them. All students, whether beginners or with a qualification such as Higher grade, can proceed to Honours, subject to satisfactory performance at levels 1 and 2.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||Listening - 5.5 or above; Reading - 5.5 or above; Speaking - 5.5 or above; Writing - 6.0 or above.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||78||TOEFL DI code is 0818: Listening - 17 or above; Reading - 18 or above; Speaking - 20 or above; Writing - 21 or above.|
|PTE Academic||59||Listening - 59 or above; Reading - 59 or above; Speaking - 59 or above; Writing - 59 or above.|
|Trinity ISE||Pass||Pass overall at ISE II with a distinction in writing and merit in the other three skills.|
|Institution's Own Test||Academic English Pre-sessional Programmes - Pass (valid for one year) OR Academic English Preparation Programme - Pass at Level Four (valid for one year)|
To study for an undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write academic English fluently. These skills will allow you to understand lectures, produce high standards of written work, and perform well in examinations. We can assess your English language proficiency through a variety of means: through your nationality, through the qualifications you gained in high school, or through a recognised English language test. Please note certification must be within the two years prior to commencement of your degree programme, unless otherwise stated.
Please use the checklist at the following webpage to determine how you can meet our English language requirements:
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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