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Course Code: CKA12 Full-time; CKA08 Part-time

Course Title: French

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

French

Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Qualifications: HDip in Arts

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €6,000 full-time; €3,000 per year part-time

Entry Requirements: You will already have a degree, preferably in the area of arts or the sciences (see detailed entry requirements)

Closing Date: Applications now closed for 2017/2018

Next Intake: September 2018

Overview

The Higher Diploma in French is aimed at graduates who want to be considered for a master’s course in French, but do not have an honours degree in French, or who want to add a Higher Diploma in Arts subject to their qualifications.

Objectives of the course:

  • to provide you with opportunities to further develop your skills in the study and the use of the French language
  • to provide you with opportunities to extend and deepen your skills in the reading and discussion of texts
  • to introduce you to work in specialised areas of French as a multidisciplinary subject
  • to give you a sense of French culture in French-speaking countries around the world

On graduation from this course, you will have:

  • developed a capacity for independent critical thinking
  • acquired and developed transferable skills such as information gathering, analysis and interpretation
  • acquired a range of personal and interpersonal skills in addition to communication and listening skills
  • developed reflectiveness, self-awareness and a capacity for cooperative endeavour through taking responsibility for group work

Registration with the Teaching Council:  For applicants who are taking the Higher Diploma with a view to Teaching Council subject registration, the Higher Diploma in Arts French is recognised by the Teaching Council for the purposes of a teaching subject at post primary level.  

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that the Higher Diploma in Arts programme is NOT the teacher training programme. Graduates must complete the Professional Master of Education to qualify as a secondary school teacher. Please see www.ucc.ie/en/pec01 for further details.

Course Details

The modules on offer, are in the main, those offered to second-year and final-year degree students. French as a degree-level subject is organised into a number of distinct elements:

  • language modules on reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • core modules dealing with the study of culture and literature
  • specialised modules covering different areas of French as a multidisciplinary subject, including literary studies, linguistics, French thought and the history of ideas, cultural studies, French society and institutions, the francophone world.

Modules (60 credits):

FR2602 Modern French Culture
FR4202 Structure and Varieties of Contemporary French
FR2305 Introduction to Francophone Postcolonial Studies
FR2306 Theatre of the Absurd
FR4307 Contemporary French Theatre
FR2404 French Language Today
LL3002 Travel Writings
FR2403 Introduction to Specialist Translation
FR4308 Literary Studies: Modern French Fiction
FR4407 Advanced Specialist Translation
FR4403 Second Language Acquisition
FR 2702 Women in French Society and Culture
FR2204 Topics in Literature and Culture
FR4702 French Society and Institutions

Registration with the Teaching Council:  For applicants who are taking the Higher Diploma with a view to Teaching Council subject registration, the Higher Diploma is recognised by the Teaching Council for teacher subject registration in French.   In general, if you wish to qualify as a teacher in French, you are advised to refer to the school curriculum and match the modules to that broad field. Modules are chosen in consultation with the programme coordinator in September.  

Many subjects have discipline-specific requirements and you are advised to check the requirements for the subject area by consulting the following:

Please see the College Book of Modules for information and descriptions of modules for the current academic year. 

Detailed Entry Requirements

It is intended for those who already have a degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences

The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme and applicants would not normally have studied the relevant subject to Honours Degree level previously.  

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these supplementary questions are available to view here: CKA12AdditionalQuestions (50kB) and CKA08AdditionalQuestions (50kB)

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please note that the Higher Diploma in Arts programme is NOT the teacher training programme.  Graduates must complete the Professional Master of Education to qualify as a secondary school teacher.  Please see www.ucc.ie/en/pec01 for further details.

 

Course Practicalities

For the full-time one-year option, you are required to choose from modules which, when combined, result in 60 credits. Most modules have a value of 5 credits and involve one hour of teaching per week for the duration of the academic year. However, a language module represents 10 credits and involves three classes a week, one of which focuses upon oral skills. This means a full-time student will have a total of 13 hours of classes per week for the duration of the academic year.

Assessment

Assessment is by a combination of essays and final year examinations in both written and oral French.

Who Teaches This Course

Didier Bellettre
Sylvie Campion
Dr Patrick Crowley
Véronique Grabe
Dr Paul Hegarty
Dr Martin Howard
Milouda Louh
Christine Montané
Dr Mary Noonan
Professor Patrick O’Donovan
Eugene O'Sullivan
Dr Maria O’Sullivan
Dr Angela Ryan
Claire Sibut
Margot Spencer

Profiles of the lecturers can be found on UCC's Research Profile webpages

Contact us

E: Dr. Mary Noonan

P: + 353 21 4902892 / 4902552
W: Website

Related Courses:

Professional Master of Education (second level teacher training programme)

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