Languages

French with Business

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About the course

A past winner of the European Award for Languages, French Studies centres around experiential learning. The degree includes a year abroad studying or on a work placement as an English assistant in a school- we have well established exchange programmes with institutions in Bordeaux, Grenoble, Lille and Lyon. You can also sit exams with the French Chamber of Commerce to gain an additional qualification with a specific professional focus that gives you an edge in numerous career fields. At Hull you study in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, enhancing your studies with mentorship from a dedicated team of language learning advisors and the chance to practice with native speakers.

French with Business students can expand their horizons further by working towards the Trinity CertTESOL (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). On this joint degree you will also study in our dynamic Business School, where you will develop your all-round acumen, benefit from a broad insight into real-world enterprise and gain a genuine competitive edge in terms of employability. Your learning is underpinned by international accreditations such as AACSB - held by fewer than 5% of the world’s business programmes - which further boosts your commercial credentials.




Study

You take two modules in French language, one per semester, plus one year-long French culture module. In the first year, language modules are available at either Beginners and Improvers or Advanced level. In the second and fourth year, you take the same language modules as fellow students.

You will take five modules in business across the course of your degree, with two in the first two years, and one in the final year. You will also study a year-long Free Elective or another year-long module offered by the School. French culture modules focus on themes such as social and cultural ‘revolution’ and France at war as well as French art and film.

The third year of the degree is spent in France. The Year Abroad will probably be one of the most exciting and challenging experiences you will ever have. You will notice a dramatic improvement in your spoken language, giving you greater confidence and more mature insights into the life of your chosen country. The 'year', incidentally, is an 'academic year' and means at least eight months spent abroad. Students can choose to study at an exchange partner university, work in a school as a language assistant or work in industry or commerce.

You can expand your qualification by gaining the Trinity CertTESOL (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) whilst studying for your degree. You may also sit exams with the French Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 280 points, including A level foreign language at grade C or above. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 200 points from two or more A levels, or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications.
  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DMM in relevant subject(s).
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

International students (language requirements)
If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency.

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Future prospects

Recent data reveals that language graduates are the third most employable group of graduates in the UK, and Hull graduates enjoy a position within the top 10 in graduate employment league tables. Approximately half of our graduates enter jobs which have a European or international aspect.

A vast range of employment opportunities are open to you on graduation, including work abroad and even starting a new business of your own. Employment prospects are higher still for graduates with additional business and management skills. The combination of business and language skills will see you put in an advantageous position in comparison to other graduates.

Recent graduates have joined prestigious graduate management programmes with HSBC, BT and Youngs Seafood. Others have opted to go into translation, teaching both English and French abroad and in the UK, with some graduates taking the opportunity to travel as far as Japan. Specific opportunities taken up by recent graduates include: international customer liaison at Harrods; business analyst; United Biscuits; Customs and Excise executive Officer; English teaching assistant in Japan; lecturers teaching English at universities in Dijon and Reims, and at the Sorbonne in Paris; translator, Netherlands National Press Bureau; International Office at Lloyds Bank.

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