Manchester Metropolitan University

BA (Hons)

Linguistics / French

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Our newly refurbished Language Resource Centre is equipped with social learning spaces, PCs and voice recognition software for language training. It is also home to our multimedia and audio language learning laboratories/media booths for group-work with PCs or large flat screen TVs and multiple satellite channels broadcast in foreign languages with recording facilities.
  • Extensive preparation for the period of residence abroad.
  • The majority of our 30+ academic, research and support staff are native speakers of French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Urdu. We also have multiple connections with language groups across Manchester to ensure you can converse in your chosen language.
  • Last national inspection saw us obtain excellent marks for our facilities, academic standards and staff/student relations.
  • Study alongside Erasmus students from our European partner institutions.
  • You may also have the opportunity to start a new language (which may include Arabic, Chinese and Japanese).
  • We coach practical skills for work including communication skills, presentation skills, essay and report writing, summary skills, interview and questionnaire techniques, use of ICT and the internet.
  • Modern Languages and Linguistics was rated as being in the top 20 in the country according to the Guardian University League Tables for 2017.

Placement options

If French is your major or equal subject year three is spent studying in France and we will assist you in choosing from a wide choice of partner universities where you can study. You can always get in touch with the department by phone or email.

About the course

The course is concerned with the many different facets of language, from the physical properties of the sound waves in utterances to the intentions of speakers towards others, through the application of linguistic theories and aspects of human psychology.

We offer a wide choice of units related to France which may include society, cinema, culture and linguistics. Our course is designed to help you achieve your full potential in a challenging and lively environment and enhance your employability in a competitive market.

If you take French as major or equal subject you will study a four-year course and be required to spend your third year abroad. After this, you will return to the University for your final year.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

In year one, the units you will study Introduction to Linguistics and core units on French language and culture.

Core Units
Fundamentals in Linguistics

The unit will form a solid grounding for an understanding of the role of linguistics as an academic subject and the importance of its different ramifications within society.  It will comprise of the following topics:

  • Theoretical Syntax
  • Phonetics-Phonology
  • Semantics and the role of meaning in communication
  • Morphology and word-formation
Introduction to Linguistics
This unit seeks to introduce you to current trends in Linguistics where English language and, where appropriate, other languages are examined. The unit aims at enhancing your ability in analysing language and communication.
Unit Choice - French

French Advanced

On completion of this unit, you are expected to have demonstrated a satisfactory level of competence in the following areas benchmarked to the level B2 of the Common European Framework.

French Culture and Society

This unit will deal with a number of topics relating to Francophone history, culture and society and how these are represented in the media and in texts.

Or

French Fast Track 1

This unit introduces the basic principles of French grammar and syntax and is designed to enable you to develop an accurate, basic language ability that can be applied to a variety of cultural and social contexts.

French Fast Track 2

This unit consolidates the linguistic competence in French grammar, vocabulary and style acquired through Fast Track 1. It is designed to enable you to develop accurate, basic language ability in a variety of cultural and social contexts.

Year 2

Units of study available across years two and three on a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route taken through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. Please contact your Programme Lead for further information on the typical units of study offered for years two and three of this programme.

For an indication of units currently available, please see both French Studies and Linguistics. Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme.

Year 3

You will spend your third year in France and we will assist you in choosing from a wide choice of partner universities to study at or you can also apply to take part in the British Council language assistant scheme or choose a placement. Wherever you are, you can always get in touch with the department by phone or email.

Otherwise you will go directly into your final year of study. 

Year 4

Units of study available across years two and three on a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route taken through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. Please contact your Programme Lead for further information on the typical units of study offered for years two and three of this programme.

For an indication of units currently available, please see both French Studies and Linguistics. Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
  • Year 1 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 2 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 3 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 4 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
Assessment
  • Year 1 80% coursework; 20% examination
  • Year 2 50% coursework; 50% examination
  • Year 3 65% coursework; 35% examination
  • Year 4 50% coursework; 50% examination

Additional Information About this Course

If a student chooses to take a language as a joint or major subject, they are expected to engage with their Period of Residence Abroad. In this case, the course will run for 4 years instead of 3 years (or part-time equivalent)

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/languages/staff/

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

104-112

A Level French at Grade B or above

Minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points from A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma) .

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Your career prospects after the course

A language-focused degree allows you to learn many transferable skills that can be used in a multitude of jobs.

96% of languages and linguistics graduates go straight into further study or employment*. Teaching, translation and interpreting are a popular pathway, but languages graduates are also sought after in many different industries, with recent graduates being offered positions in a variety of different sectors both in the UK and abroad. 

*DLHE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

94%

In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Applications through UCAS

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

Open Days

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Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.

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