BA French and Geography (4 year)

Course Overview

Studying French and Geography at Swansea means: developing your knowledge of a world language, discovering the rich culture that makes France an international centre of the arts and understanding twenty-first century France and its role in Europe. Our Joint Honours students have more of an interest in Human Geography.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • A UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee Excellence scholarship for the MA year. 
  • BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a Merit scholarship and pay £1,000 fees for the MA year.
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • All of our modules combine intensive language tuition with optional modules relating to a wide variety of aspects of society and culture in the French-speaking world. 
  • Our staff are experts in film, gender studies, medieval and early modern literature, theatre studies, travel writing and translation studies and students benefit from our active research in these areas.
  • During the third year of study, students spend a year abroad in France. Students can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business during the year abroad in France.
  • We offer a lively, friendly and thriving environment in which to pursue a Geography.

Weblink to Geography.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
GEG103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Global environmental change: The human impact
GEG104Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10People Place and Nation
GEG105Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Global Shifts: Towards a New World Order?
MLF100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (A)
MLF100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (B)
Optional Modules
GEG100/GEC100 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Daearyddol
GEG100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Geographical skills
AND
GEG106/GEC106 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cynaladwyedd mewn byd bregus
GEG106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Sustainability in a fragile world
AND
French Joint Optional 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French for Beginners I
MLF102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French for Beginners II
OR
French Joint Optional 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French Language 1A
MLF160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French Language 1B

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
AND
Optional JH BA or BSC Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select GEC259/GEG259 and GEC268/GEG268 if you intend to complete a Year 3 Geography Dissertation

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Y Byd Peryglus
GEC249Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hamdden, Cymdeithas a Gofod
GEC250Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Geomorffoleg Afonol
GEC259Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Dadansoddi Data
GEC268Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Paratoadau Traethawd Hir
GEG202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Rivers
GEG206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Dangerous Earth: Understanding and Living with Natural Hazards
GEG208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEG211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Glacial Environments and Processes, past and present
GEG217Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Creative Geographies
GEG219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Reconstructing Quaternary Environmental Change
GEG221Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Regional Economic Development and Policy
GEG229Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Marginal Geographies
GEG230Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Boundaries and Connections in Social Geography
GEG233Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Geographies of disease, health and well-being
GEG236Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10The Earth from Space: Monitoring Global Environmental Change
GEG237Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Global Vegetation Patterns and Dynamics
GEG249Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Political Geographies
GEG259Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Data Analysis
GEG268Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Dissertation Preparation
GEL203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Earth history
GEL204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Geological Record of Past Environments
AND
AND
OR

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

HE Level 5 Sandwich Year
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
GEGR01Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Geography with European Studies

Year 4 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MLF330ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French General Language 3A
MLF330BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French General Language 3B
Optional Modules

Description

Students study six modules, three in French and three Geography.

Entry Requirements

ll applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants ABB-BBB at A-level including a B in Geography. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.

For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BB at A-level. Access candidates should have 18 Distinction and 18 Merits. Candidates studying for American qualifications should have a minimum of 550 in each part of the SAT reasoning and subject tests (or 1650 overall). We require a minimum IELT score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,650

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

  

“Swansea University is a wonderful environment for high level study. The University is beautifully situated and is investing heavily for the future. My course offers a wide range of options to study language, culture, society and history, with an emphasis on reading around the subject and the opportunity to pursue special interests. A language degree also offers the unique opportunity to spend a year in a foreign country. I was fortunate to spend a year as a teaching assistant in Nice, living with a local family. I thoroughly enjoyed my year abroad and cannot emphasise enough the benefits to be gained. Studying a foreign language opens the door to a whole world of new possibilities, and their value in the job market shouldn't be underestimated.”

Sophie Williams, BA French and Spanish

 


"I loved my degree. I specialised for the most part in physical geography. I was always fascinated in the wonders of the world and what made it tick. And you could definitely argue that my plate tectonics education helps me fully understand the dangers of living near the San Andreas Fault! Geography helps you look at the world with an analytical eye. It forces you to weigh up evidence and come to conclusions and question the origin of things. Journalism is exactly the same".

Melanie Bromley, BA (Hons) Geography

(Melanie followed a career in journalism and is currently the West Coast bureau chief of American Celebrity Magazine Us Weekly).

 

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

92.3 per cent* of Modern Languages Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University  are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. French is ranked 4th for graduate prospects in The Independent Complete University Guide 2016.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in French will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, human resources, tourism and events management, working for companies such as:

  • Royal Mail Group
  • Superdry
  • Berkeley PR International

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Professional Translation
  • MA International Relations
  • MA Translation and Interpreting

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Modern Languages. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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