UCC Undergraduate courses

Arts - French

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Arts

  • Code

    Subject available through multiple programmes

  • Subject Title

    French

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    3 years

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time

  • Qualifications

    BA (Hons)

  • Fees

    Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,250 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Refer to CK101 or CK108 See Requirements for full details.

Course Outline

French at UCC will not only expand your knowledge and use of the language, it will introduce you to modern French culture and the cultures of French-speaking countries worldwide.

Along with translation, philosophy, visual culture and linguistics, you will study a wide range of topics, including history, literature, music, theatre, politics and the connections France has to other countries.

The course brings together a sense of French culture, its role in the world, and the value of the language – one of the two working languages of many institutions, such as the European Union.

French at UCC opens the door to a vast amount of opportunities on a global scale.

Modules

Year 1
You will study one language course, covering grammar, comprehension, oral and auditory work, and one culture course, which is lecture-based. The language classes are small, so participation is a vital part of the learning process.

Years 2 and 3
You will take a language class and a literature seminar. Most students take a lecture course on the 17th century (covering politics, architecture, literature, role of women, art). Options are then available on art, linguistics, writings from North Africa and beyond, politics, theatre, fiction, philosophy.

Up to now you will probably have read only short texts in French, and as your study and skills develop in French, you will be reading books, articles, websites, and watching media in the original language – gradually increasing as you progress through the course and your language improves.

As well as learning about these areas of French culture, the idea is that such work will be absolutely necessary to helping you get a feel for the language so that you can use it creatively, as well as for answering or asking questions.

Some classes take place in the French language (including all language classes), but we will ease you into this, with more in the final year.

BA International
You may take French as a four-year BA International and spend the third year in a French-speaking country. In your year abroad, you will study the same subject you follow at UCC, along with French.

See the College Calendar for additional information on the College Calendar and the Book of Modules for further information on the modules. 

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours: In first year you will study three hours of language and two hours of French culture per week. In second and final year, you have your core modules (always three hours of language, usually two more core culture hours), plus optional modules in specific areas of French studies.

Expected reading hours: You will be expected to do reading, some of which is in French. This should add up to about the same time for preparation as the class hours, per week. For the literature class, this may involve two hours work per week. You can take whichever option modules your timetable allows.

Why Choose This Course

It gave me an opportunity to do subjects that I hadn't done in secondary school and that I wouldn't have a chance to do after college, like Philosophy for example

Niamh Desmond

BA, French

Find Out More

The French Department is the largest in the State in terms of student numbers, and this means we have a huge community of French-speakers at all stages, and vibrant connections to actual French culture.

Staff are heavily involved with the cultural sector, a key employer of language graduates.

We specialise in France’s place in the world and in history, and for this reason we try to send as many of our students abroad on an Erasmus year as possible.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Study abroad: If you are pursuing a year abroad, either as an optional international pathway or as a compulsory part of your degree programme, you will have opportunities to study French at one of our partner universities in France or Belgium.

Work placement

The College of Arts offers a work-placement module. The final year module, PX3000, offers students the opportunity to gain recognition for work experience undertaken during the course of their studies.

Some courses also offer placements as part of their academic programme.

Skills and Careers Information

Language skills are vital in a globalised economy, and with so many multinationals coming to Ireland the demand is high for French, the most widely spoken language in Europe.

Language and cultural knowledge provide career mobility, and many of our graduates are now working in France, Belgium and Switzerland.

Studying French at UCC will equip you with language skills and transferable skills in writing and cultural awareness so you can make connections with your peers in other countries.

Requirements

Refer to CK101 and CK108

Please note that French is also available as an elective in other programmes.

A student will not be allowed to select French unless s/he has attained a pass standard in French in the Leaving Certificate examination (or equivalent).  It is recommended that students have attained a H4 in Leaving Certificate French.

 

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2019/20 the Student Contribution Charge is €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is €250. Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

Refer to CK101 and CK108. First year students choose Arts subjects when registering.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact

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