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The award
BA

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About French and History at Queen's University Belfast

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. All students spend an academic year in a francophone country. The undergraduate History programme offers students a wide choice, including ancient, medieval, early modern and modern history; students can explore aspects of gender, social and cultural history, colonial history, politics, religious and economic change.

French and History 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.

Global Opportunities

  • 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. The History programme offers students opportunities to travel and study at universities in Europe and North America. Short-term (two weeks) and longer-term (up to one academic year) exchanges are on offer.Examples include:Aarhus Universitet (Denmark)College of Charleston (South Carolina, USA)Institut d'Etudes Politques de Bordeaux (France)University of Oslo (Norway)Universiteit Utrecht (Netherlands)Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee, USA) Field trips are also offered in particular years or as part of certain modules.
  • Students taking a BA in French and History have genuine opportunities for professional training in a global context. They 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.

Industry Links

  • Several modules include links with local collaborative partners, which provide students with opportunities to network with experts in the field or to gain experience of particular industries prior to graduation. Internships have also been developed to allow students the opportunity to carry out work experience in history-related fields.

World Class Facilities

  • Queen's has an excellent library with an outstanding range of resources in French and Francophone cultures and in History. Students can access digitised primary sources or can utilise material housed in the Special Collections or University Archive. The Language Centre has state-of-the-art facilities for language learning, and the IT provision more generally is excellent.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • French and History at Queen's are taught by world-leading experts, who are conducting cutting edge research in their respective fields. Research in Languages at Queen's was ranked 3rd in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment (REF 2014). History at Queen's has been placed in the QS World University Rankings top 150 History departments in the world for 2016. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed that History at Queen's is producing world-leading or internationally excellent research, placing Queen's in the top 10 of UK history departments.

Student Experience

  • The National Student Survey results show consistent student satisfaction with the French and History programme, and with the university experience more generally.
 'I was delighted to be awarded the Martin Lynn Memorial Prize for first year History at Queen's. The course has enabled me explore and develop many new areas of history and I look forward to continuing my studies.'
Mark Jose Sandy, Cambridgeshire, England
2nd Year, BA Single Honours History

Careers

Career Prospects

Introduction
Studying for a French and History degree at Queen's will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions.
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Employment after the Course
Graduates of French and History go on to work in a very wide range of sectors, including media and communications, civil service, advertising, journalism, tourism, teaching and translation. They are particularly in demand in careers requiring a high level of communication and presentation skills, as well as strong critical and analytical thinking.

Employment Links
Graduates from this degree at Queen's are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including History.

The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
Fast-stream Civil Service
Journalism
Accountancy
Management consultancy
Museums, archives and libraries
Performing arts
Public relations
Publishing, journalism and media
Teaching
Voluntary sector/charities

Alumni Success
"I really enjoyed my degree, especially the year abroad which allowed me to gain valuable professional experience and intercultural awareness. In addition, the high degree of analytical and linguistic training I received has prepared me very well for my work in the Department of Education in the areas of policy and legislation."
Sarah Malcolmson, graduated in 2003 in French and History, is now a Deputy Principal in the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards

At Level 1, the Martin Lynn Memorial Prizes recognise the best performances in the 'Exploring History I' and 'Exploring History II' modules.

Students receive a certificate of distinction for first class performance in the Level 3 oral examination in French.

The A. N. 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.

The Denis Rebbeck Prize is awarded to the student who shows most promise at the end of Level 2.

The Esther Ballantine Prize is awarded for the best performance in any pathway involving modern history

The J.C. Beckett Prize is awarded for the best overall performance by a Level 1 History student.

The K.H. Connell Prize rewards the graduating student who has the best performance in an Economic and Social History module.

The Lewis Warren Prize is awarded for the best performance in any Medieval History module at Levels 2 or 3.

The Mary Gardiner Prize is awarded to the Level 3 student who achieves greatest distinction in Ancient History in the final examinations.

The Montgomery Medal is awarded for the best final-year undergraduate dissertation on an aspect of current affairs in Ireland.

The QUB History Society Prize rewards the best group project in 'History and Historians: Contested Pasts'.

The Richard Bales Prize is awarded to the student with the highest mark in an optional module in Level 3.

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 1, 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.

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Notes about fees for this course

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2019-20 will be based on 2018-19 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.

Northern Ireland (NI)£4,160England, Scotland or Wales (GB)£9,250Other (non-UK) EU£4,160International£15,550

Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student's tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

French and History costs

Students have a compulsory year abroad in year 3 of their degree. Students who undertake a period of study or work abroad are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placement. Students should be aware that placement and internship modules do not normally involve payment or financial support from either Queen's or the placement/internship provider. Placement options include:Erasmus Work with British Council as Teaching Assistant: Students currently receive approximately €780 net per month and an Erasmus monthly grant of approximately €300 . Erasmus Study Placement: Students currently receive an Erasmus monthly grant of €300.A limited number of Erasmus grants are available.

How do I fund my study?

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

Scholarships

Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
Post A-level French
ABB including A-level French.
Note: for applicants who have not studied A-level French then AS-level French grade B would be acceptable in lieu of A-level French.

Beginners Level French
ABB + GCSE French grade B or evidence of linguistic ability in another language. Note: the Beginners' option is not available to those who have studied A-level or AS-level French.

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in French

Access/Foundation Course
Not normally considered as Access Courses would not satisfy language requirements.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by the Selector for that particular subject or degree programme along with a member of administrative staff from the Admissions Service. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

For last year's intake, applicants for this BA programme must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or better (to include English Language). Performance in any AS or A-level examinations already completed would also have been taken into account and the Selector checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects can be fulfilled.

Offers are normally be made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The offer for repeat candidates is set in terms of three A-levels and may be one grade higher than that asked from first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.

Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant's portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.

Applicants offering other qualifications, such as the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course will also be considered.

Candidates offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits, provided the subject requirements for entry to French can also be met. Where offers are made, these are conditional on both achieving an average of 70% in the Access course and meeting the entry criteria for French.

BTEC Extended Diplomas, Higher National Certificates, and Higher National Diplomas can be considered, provided the subject requirements for entry to French are also fulfilled.

The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of BA degrees, these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

Candidates are not normally asked to attend for interview, though there are some exceptions and specific information is provided with the relevant subject areas.

If you are made an offer then you may be invited to an Open Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions Service (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES

INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

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