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French Studies and Geography BA Hons

What will you study?

Two leading departments deliver Lancaster’s four-year degree in French Studies and Geography. You will study the French component in the Department of European Languages and Cultures, while Geography is delivered by the award-winning Lancaster Environment Centre. You will also study or work abroad during the third year of your degree.

In French Studies, we place emphasis on practical understanding and fluency, developed through courses that put France's historical, cultural, social and political background into context. In Geography, you’ll study human and environmental geography and develop extensive research skills.

Your first-year courses include French Studies (Advanced or Intensive); Society and Space: Human Geography, and Geographical Skills and Application in a Changing World. In your second year, you’ll take subjects such as French Language: Oral Skills; French Language: Written Skills, and the core Geography Module, Key Concepts as well as a range of optional Geography modules including Development, Geography and the Majority World, Geographies of Nature, and Ecosystem Services and Society. You’ll complete your Residence Abroad: Intercultural and Academic Reflection in the third year and French Language: Oral Skills; French Language: Written Skills and a Project in your final year.

Where could it take you?

You may choose to start your career straight after university, but many graduates decide to continue their studies. Lancaster has an excellent reputation as a centre for postgraduate research and professional training

Thanks to their analytical and research skills, Geography graduates enjoy above-average employment rates. Our graduates have found roles in areas as diverse as journalism, accountancy, advertising, computing and librarianship.

Business is a popular choice and many areas with European or global connections will have openings for language specialists with geographical knowledge. Teaching is another popular career, whether in the UK or abroad. Language graduates also find work in the Diplomatic or Civil Service, the British Council and other international organisations.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Typical entry requirements

For courses starting in 2016:

Grade Requirements

A Level AAA - AAB including Geography grade B

International Baccalaureate 36-35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Higher Level Geography

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject but will additionally require a supporting A level in Geography at grade B or equivalent qualification. BTEC qualifications will be considered on individual basis to assess eligibility

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject including Distinctions in the majority of units. Access qualifications will be considered on individual basis to assess eligibility but may require additional A level in Geography at grade B or equivalent qualification.

Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly

Essential Subjects

A level grade B in Geography or equivalent is required for entry

Language requirement French at A level or equivalent unless this is to be studied from beginners’ level, in which case applicants should have evidence of language learning ability (e.g. an AS or A-level in another foreign language or GCSE grade A in a foreign language). Native French speakers will not be accepted onto this scheme but we will accept IELTS 6.5 (5.5 in each component) as evidence of English Language learning ability

GCSE Mathematics (C); English Language (C)

IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)

Further Information

General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level

Combination of Qualifications We welcome applications from students with a combination of qualifications, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly for further advice

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed

Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via

Financial Support

Lancaster University has committed£3.7m in scholarships and bursariesto help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:AnAcademic Scholarship of £2,000for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualificationsAnAccess Scholarship of £1,000per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualificationsALancaster Bursary of £1,000per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600

*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

View details of our current Undergraduate fees.

Students will be required to pay for travel to field sites and will have to purchase wet weather clothing, boots and waterproof notebooks for fieldtrips for which the estimated cost is approximately £110. The course offers optional field trips and students will have to pay for any travel and accommodation costs. If students undertake placements then they may incur additional travel costs. Students on certain modules may wish to purchase a hand lens and compass clinometer but these may be borrowed from the Department.

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.

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