BA French and German (RR12)

2016 entry
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UCAS code RR12
Application method Full time: UCAS/Common Application
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Part-time study 6-7 year(s) part-time
Part-time study over six or seven years with daytime, weekday teaching plus a period of residence abroad
Number of applications for 2014/15 1076
Number of places for 2016/17 256

About BA French and German

Our Joint Honours degree enables you to develop post-A-level French knowledge and skills in language alongside German, either as a beginner or building on existing experience. In both you will achieve a high degree of fluency and accurately in written and oral registers.

The course offers a broad range of studies through the study of both languages and the history, literature and culture of countries where those languages are spoken. French at Bristol has particular strengths in the relationship between visual, musical and literary cultures, and German in social and cultural history and linguistics. You will spend half of your third year in a French-speaking country and the remaining half a German-speaking country.

In language classes, you will develop speaking, listening, reading, writing and translation skills, using a range of textbooks, media and internet resources.

More about French

Find out more about studying French at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • French Language
  • Reading Literary and Visual Cultures in French
  • Shaping France
  • German Language
  • Introduction to German Studies

Second year

  • French Language
  • One, two or three optional units in French (choice of literature, culture or history: for example, Race in France, France 1940-44, Paris 1857-97, The French Novel)
  • German Language
  • One, two or three optional units in German (choice of literature, culture or history: for example, Germany and Austria 1918-34, Franz Kafka, Divided Germany, Historical Linguistics, Spotlights on Anglo-German Relations)

Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year

  • French Language
  • One, two or three optional units in French, assessed by dissertation or exam (choice of literature, culture or history: for example, Literature and Political Activism, Francophone Identities in the Visual Arts, The French Renaissance, Around Cubism)
  • German Language
  • One, two or three optional units in German, (choice of literature, linguistics, culture or history: for example, Modern Sociolinguistics, Precursors of Modernism, Exiles and Migrants in German Literature, German Expressionist Drama, Culture of Classical Weimar)
Further details about the course structure for French
Further details about the course structure for German

Typical offer for BA French and German

(including international A-levels)
AAB including French
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
ABB including French
IB Diploma 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 5 in Higher Level French
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 in Higher Level French
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit*. Distinctions may be required in certain units.
BTEC DDD plus grade B in A-level French*
SQASH: AAABB and AH: AB including French
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB80% overall with 8 in French
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:no specific subjects required.
Academic qualifications*All applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning, usually with A-level French at grade B or above (or equivalent).

More entry information

Admissions statements relate to 2016 entry and will be updated for 2017 entry in summer 2016.

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Fees and funding

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International students

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Key information about this course

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