What Will You Study
Lancaster’s four-year French Studies and Psychology degree gives you the opportunity to study in our Department of European Languages and Cultures and our Psychology Department, part of the innovative Faculty of Science and Technology. This degree includes a year in a French-speaking country and is accredited by the British Psychological Society as the graduate basis for chartered membership.
Your degree aims to develop your fluency in French alongside a detailed focus on the culture, society, history and politics of France itself. In Psychology, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the principles of Psychology and study more specific areas and research methods.
You’ll begin your degree with courses including French Studies (Intensive for Beginners or Advanced); Understanding Psychology, and Investigating Psychology. Your second-year subjects include Cognitive Psychology; Developmental Psychology; French Language: Oral Skills and French Language: Written Skills.
In your third year, you’ll complete your Residence Abroad: Intercultural and Academic Reflection before finishing your degree with modules such as Brain and Behaviour; Personality and Individual Differences; French Language: Oral Skills, and French Language: Written Skills.
- Dance and French Studies : BA Hons
- Dance and German Studies : BA Hons
- Dance and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and French Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and German Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- French Studies : BA Hons
- French Studies and Computing : BSc Hons
- French Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- French Studies and Film : BA Hons
- French Studies and Geography : BA Hons
- French Studies and German Studies : BA Hons
- French Studies and History : BA Hons
- French Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- French Studies and Mathematics : BA Hons
- French Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- French Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- French Studies and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- French Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- French Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- French Studies with Italian : BA Hons
- German Studies : BA Hons
- German Studies and Computing : BSc Hons
- German Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- German Studies and Film : BA Hons
- German Studies and Geography : BA Hons
- German Studies and History : BA Hons
- German Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- German Studies and Mathematics : BA Hons
- German Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- German Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- German Studies and Psychology : BA Hons
- German Studies and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- German Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- German Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- German Studies with Italian : BA Hons
- Linguistics and Psychology : BA Hons
- Management Studies and European Languages : BA Hons
- Modern Languages : BA Hons
- Organisation Studies and Psychology : BA Hons
- Psychology : BA Hons
- Psychology : BSc Hons
- Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Computing : BSc Hons
- Spanish Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Film : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Geography : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and History : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Mathematics : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Psychology : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies with Italian : BA Hons
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- Part I French Studies (Intensive)
- French Studies (Advanced)
- Understanding Psychology
- Investigating Psychology
- French Language: Oral Skills
- French Language: Written Skills
- Cognitive Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Research Methods
- Developmental Psychology
- French Language: Oral skills (post-intensive)
- French Language: Written Skills (post-intensive)
- Residence Abroad: intercultural and academic reflection
- French Language: Oral Skills
- French Language: Written Skills
- Brain and Behaviour
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three units of assessment 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.
A-level: AAB inc. French 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 or GCSE grade A in a foreign language). We normally expect three A-levels.
General Studies: Accepted as one of 3 A-levels
GCSE: Maths (min grade B)
Key skills: Not included in offer
Scottish Highers: ABBBB
Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects.Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
International Bacc: 35 pts overall with 16 pts from best three HL courses
Mature students: Applications welcomed from mature students who can provide evidence of language-learning ability. contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
Fluent French speakers enjoy a wide range of career options, including international roles with organisations such as the British Council, the Diplomatic Service and the Civil Service or teaching English as a foreign language. Popular UK-based choices include advertising, librarianship, education, IT, accounting and journalism.
Studying Psychology has obvious benefits as a stepping stone to becoming a psychologist . Additionally, the social insights, analytical and research skills you’ll gain through studying Psychology are very desirable and open up various career options following graduation.
If you are interested in further study, Lancaster is a centre of excellence for postgraduate research and also offers a range of practical training options in specialist areas such as interpreting.
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.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments which include the traditional lectures, tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using various methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, exercises, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include basic and in-depth questions, essays and data analysis. Students are supervised in the production of final year project reports and dissertations, while students in laboratory classes are supported by demonstrators. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue.
In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to 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:
- 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
- A 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
*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
Students will need to account for occasional travel to and from work placements. It will also be necessary for students to pay for a Criminal Record Bureau check. There is also the option for students to join the appropriate professional body, however membership is voluntary.
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.