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French / English Literature

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Key Facts

Code QR31
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB-ABB with B in English Literature, or English Language, or a combined English Literature and Language course, and B in French unless to be studied as a beginner

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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If you want to study a course that explores the widest possible range of literary texts and cultures with a superb choice from the early medieval period to the present day with the combination of developing your linguistic capabilities in French, then this course at Aberystwyth University is for you. We enable our students to develop their powers of expression, critical thinking, and establish specialist knowledge and research skills in both subject areas. Students on this culturally enriching course will develop a detailed and broad understanding of literary history and applied knowledge of literary theory in combination with regular language classes in French. 

Department of English and Creative Writing: 97% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

95.4% of undergraduates from the UK/EU from the Department of English and Creative Writing who graduated in 2016 were in professional level jobs or graduate level further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2017)

Department of Modern Languages: 93% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

85% of our graduates entered work at professional level, 38% more than Language graduates nationally (DLHE 2017)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning

Overview

Why study French and English Literature at Aberystwyth?

  • French at Aberystwyth University is ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS, 2016). 
  • The department of English Literature and Creative Writing rank in the top 15 English departments in the UK (NSS 2016).
  • Students wishing to study French can commence this course at beginners or advanced level. 
  • You will be taught by staff who are world leaders in their fields of expertise.
  • We offer you opportunities to engage with a wide variety of approaches to literature and cultural history, combining critical thinking with scholarship.
  • You will have the opportunity to explore literary theory - philosophical and conceptual ideas that inform, challenge and problematise the ways we read.
  • In your final year you will have the opportunity to take part in a writing retreat at a country house in mid Wales - an amazing opportunity to spend time with fellow students and staff, developing your final year projects and dissertations, in a splendid rural setting.
  • Both departments pride themselves for their exceptionally friendly atmosphere where contact with staff is regular. 
  • We have one of the biggest libraries in the world, the National Library of Wales, on our doorstep. This copyright institution receives a copy of every book published in the UK.
  • The department is home to New Welsh Review, Wales’ foremost literary magazine - this could be an exciting opportunity for you to get involved.
  • You will be immersed in a supportive and vibrant community of creative and critical thinkers, literary experts, and published scholars from every field.
Our Staff

All academic staff in the Department of English and Creative Writing are active scholars and experts in their fields. They are either qualified to PhD level or have commensurate experience. Our Lecturers either hold or are working towards a Higher Education teaching qualification and the majority of academic staff also hold the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

All of the lecturers in the Dept of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active. We also employ language tutors, some of whom have a PhD, and all of whom are experienced teachers. We occasionally employ native-speakers from our partner universities abroad (lectors) who come to us highly recommended on the basis of their academic achievement at the home university, and many of whom have trained as teachers. The fourth group is part-time staff who are employed on the basis of their expertise in a particular specialist area.  

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Employability

Career Prospects

A degree in English Literature and French is the “gold standard” for any employment setting where communication is valued. All of our modules deliver key skills that enable you to build a comprehensive C.V. that evidences your diverse range of competencies.

Our graduates have been successful across the widest possible range of career destinations:

  • Broadcasting
  • Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Publishing
  •  Education
  • Civil Service
  • Business
  • Finance
  • New Media 

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in English Literature will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

  • The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
  • Effective problem-solving and creative-thinking skills
  • The ability to work independently
  • Time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
  • The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance
  • Team-work, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
  • Research skills

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

This degree will allow you to explore literature of all genres and from all periods within the context of the broadest possible interpretation of literature in English. You will become skilled in the interpretation and analysis of literary texts and you will engage with current critical debates.

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

During your four years, you will have four weekly hours of language work, which includes:

Oral

Written

Aural

Translation

In your first year you may discover:

  • New techniques for analysing literary texts;
  • Some key figures from literary history (from Shakespeare to the Brontës);
  • The founding moments of French culture;
  • the French language through film, culture and identity;
  • Lesser known texts, and writers who are new-to-you;
  • A variety of “ways of reading” and some theoretical approaches to textual analysis;
  • Poetry, prose, drama, American Literature, adaptations, Classical literature, contemporary writing, medieval texts and much more.

In your second year you may explore:

  • The theoretical approaches to, and the practice of, literary criticism;
  • French literature;
  • History of French art;
  • A range of selected core texts from the medieval period through to the twenty-first century;
  • The cultures of contemporary France;
  • A number of specialist topics chosen by you (these might focus on a specific genre (such as crime fiction), historical period (such as the Victorian era),  or theme (such as “place”).

In your third year you will: 

  • Embark on your Year Abroad of studying or work placements through the Erasmus + Programme.

In the final year you may master:

  • Literary theory and the application of theoretical perspectives to literary analysis;
  • Extended writing and independent research in your final year dissertation project (on a topic chosen and defined by you);
  • Areas of the French language which include: Literature, Business, Film;
  • Your own specialisms drawn from a diverse range of option modules taught by researchers in those fields. Our option modules include topics such as Elizabethan drama, the ghost story, the early English novel, queer fiction, children’s literature, Romanticism, and much more. 
  • In your final year you will have the opportunity to take part in a writing retreat at a country house in mid Wales - an amazing opportunity to spend time with fellow students and staff, developing your final year projects and dissertations, in a splendid rural setting.

How will I be taught?

Our degree is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and one-to-one tutorials. We also encourage self-directed learning designed to stimulate your academic interest in English Literature and nurture your personal and intellectual development.

You will be assessed through essays, exams and oral presentation. You will also be required to complete additional, non-assessed, assignments and to work with others on particular tasks.

Further information

As you study, you will develop a range of skills which will benefit you in further study or any graduate workplace. You will learn to: employ multiple critical techniques when approaching texts; develop a reflective practice in reading and writing; articulate a detailed critical analysis of your subject; and respond to any task with creativity, flair and style.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or pastoral issues. Your personal tutor will also be responsible for delivering tutorials that will help you in the development of key skills. You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB-ABB with B in English Literature, or English Language, or a combined English Literature and Language course, and B in French unless to be studied as a beginner

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with specified subjects

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall with 6 points in English Literature at Higher Level and with 5 points in French at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner

European Baccalaureate:
65% overall with 70% in specified subject and with 70% in French unless to be studied as a beginner

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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