French Studies and Geography BA Hons - 2017 Entry

UCAS Code
LR71

Entry Year
2017

A Level Requirements
AAB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 4 Year(s)

Course Overview

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.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    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.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAB including Geography grade B.

    International Baccalaureate 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 may 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 (eg 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.

    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 ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.

    Year 1

      Core

      Optional

    Year 2

      Core

      Optional

    Year 3

      Core

    Year 4

      Core

      Optional

    Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Careers

    Careers

    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.
  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2017/18 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2016 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,000 £15,985

    Funding

    Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education and we have committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries. 400 students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. 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.

    Scholarships recognising academic talent:

    • An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications 
    • An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per 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 qualifications.  In addition, students from household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve higher entry grades of A*, A*, A (or equivalent academic qualifications), will also be awarded our £2,000 Academic Scholarship in their first year of study.
    • An Excellence Scholarship which forms part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme for full time UK applicants with outstanding academic profiles within a number of academic departments.

    Bursaries for life, living and learning

    • Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600 

    Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (eg fee loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these.

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

    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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Lancaster Environment Centre