French at Queen's reflects the dynamism and cultural diversity of the French-speaking world, focusing on the language, culture and society of metropolitan France, and opening up perspectives on a range of global cultures. French language, written and oral, is at the centre of the course. Students will also explore a variety of contemporary issues, historical periods and geographical areas through a range of media, including art, cinema, linguistics and literature. All students spend an academic year in a francophone country.
French Degree highlights
French at Queen's has frequently been in the top five, and consistently in the top seven, in a range of UK league tables over the last three years.
- After stage 2, you will spend a period of residence (normally 8 months or more) in a French-speaking country. Students will have the possibility of acquiring professional experience by teaching in a school, undertaking a work placement, or doing voluntary work. They may also elect to study at a French university.
- Students taking a BA in French undertake an extended period of residence abroad (typically 8 months), normally working as an assistant in a school or undertaking a paid work placement in a French-speaking country (options include France, but also for example Canada, Martinique and R��union). Students can also elect to study at a French-speaking university. In addition to the benefits for oral competence, the residence provides a unique opportunity for immersion in French and francophone culture. Moreover, the Year Abroad is a significant learning and employability enhancement opportunity. This feature of our degree programme gives students the opportunity for personal development, and further develops communication and language skills and intercultural awareness. The challenges of living abroad come to be a unique (and unforgettable) stage in their own personal development.
World Class Facilities
- Queen's has an excellent library with an outstanding range of resources in French and Francophone cultures. The LanguageCentre has state-of-the-art facilities for language learning, and the IT provision more generally is excellent.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- French at Queen's is taught by world-leading experts in nineteenth and twentieth-century French and Francophone culture, with particular expertise in visual culture, linguistics, popular culture, medical humanities and postcolonial writing. Research in Languages at Queen's was ranked 3rd in the UK in the most recentResearch Assessment (REF 2014).
- Students run a lively French Society and staff offer support through a personal tutoring system, skills development programme and a structured framework for feedback.
- There are a number of undergraduate prizes available to top-performing students on this pathway. In addition to Foundation Scholarships recognising outstanding achievement in Level 1, we have a range of endowed prizes. The AN Troughton Award and The Samuel and Sarah Ferguson Travel Prize recognise academic achievement at Levels 1 and 2. The Chris Shorley Prize rewards the best performances in the Language exam in Level 3, and the Richard Bales Prize is awarded to the student with the highest mark in an optional module in Level 3. Students of both languages receive a certificate of distinction for first class performance in the Level 3 oral.
Maol��osa McGarry, Level Three student
Employment after the Course
Studying for a French degree at Queen's will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen's are well regarded by employers (local, national and international) for their communication and critical thinking skills, and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline.
Typical careers pursued by our graduates include business, media and communications,
marketing, advertising, publishing, education/ teaching, translation/interpreting, PR, journalism, tourism, fast stream Civil Service, and banking. Graduates are particularly in demand in careers requiring a high level of communication and presentation skills, as well as strong critical and analytical thinking.
88% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduation. Starting salaries are in the region of £21,800. They are employed in a range of organisations, from the BBC and UTV to the Civil Service, from the Irish News to the European Parliament, and including a very wide range of local, national and international companies.
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, Santander and the British Council. Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as the British Council Assistantships Programme.
"As part of the BA in French, you learn skills that are invaluable in the workplace. Writing and delivering presentations; building working relationships and teaching classes in a foreign country; organising events; working to set deadlines and using critical analysis- all experiences and abilities I have carried with me into employment."
Robert Ainley, BA in French, Assistant Producer at UTV
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards
Students of both languages receive a certificate of distinction for first class performance in the Level 3 oral.
The A N Troughton Award and The Samuel and Sarah Ferguson Travel Prize recognise academic achievement at Levels One and Two.
The Chris Shorley Prize rewards the best performances in the Language exam in Level Three.
The Richard Bales Prize is awarded to the student with the highest mark in an optional module in Level Three.
There are a number of undergraduate prizes available to top-performing students on this pathway. In addition to Foundation Scholarships recognizing outstanding achievement in Level One, we have a range of endowed prizes.
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.