BSc (Econ) Major Honours Economics with French (UCAS Code: L1R1)
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BA Joint, BSc and LLB Requirements
For BA Joint Honours the requirements are stated separately under each programme. For BSc and LLB requirements please refer to their course entries.
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the English Language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will develop the language skills you need to progress. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses. For a full list click hereBack to top
French is one of the major languages of global trade and of international relations. It is one of the official languages of the European Union, and is the official or administrative language in over 45 countries or regions worldwide. Studying French therefore offers an insight into the language and society of metropolitan France and opens up exciting vistas of cultures throughout the world.
At Queen's, French Studies reflects the dynamism and cultural diversity of the French-speaking world today. Students can explore a variety of contemporary issues, historical periods and geographical areas through a range of media including art, cinema, linguistics and literature. Our degrees cater for Beginners, AS-level and A-level students.Back to top
First-year is designed to enhance students' practical language skills and all students take two core language modules. Students of Beginners' French benefit from an intensive language course designed to bring them to A-level standard within a year. All other students take classes in comprehension, writing and translation, which focus on contemporary social and cultural issues and draw on authentic materials. Oral skills are highly valued, and most classes in Level 1 are taught through French.
Law with French students take a module entitled Le Français Juridique; AS and A-level students follow a module in Business French.
Optional modules (taken by students on the BA pathway) explore key issues in the modern French-speaking world, through a range of materials and approaches (visual, linguistic, literary). Joint Honours students take one optional module and Single Honours students take two.
Levels 2 and 3
Levels 2 and 3 provide the opportunity to expand the linguistic skills and cultural awareness developed in Level 1. In each, students take a compulsory core module comprising advanced language study and a choice of filières, or 'mini-modules'. The filières centre on intensive language study for ex-beginners (in Level 2), language for professional purposes (Legal French, Business French), or a variety of historical, cultural, linguistic and literary topics. Subjects on offer include: Algérie, Marginalités, Langue et pouvoir, La Phonétique du français, Paris, Migration et cultures and Image et Texte. Depending on their pathway, students can then choose from the range of optional modules, which include:
Contemporary French Travel Narratives
Francophone Chinese Writing
French Film Noir
Gender, Culture, Society
Linguistic Variation in French
Modern Autobiography in French
Myth and Biography
The Literature of War
The Orient in French Literature and the Visual Arts
The Structure of Modern French
Queen’s University Management School is one of the largest Schools in the University with more than 1300 full-time undergraduate students and 300 plus postgraduate students. The School has been delivering high quality programmes for more than 40 years and was one of the first schools in the UK to introduce undergraduate management education. Since then, QUMS has been developing and enhancing its teaching portfolio for both local and international students and boasts students from more than 20 different nationalities.
In recent years, the School has benefited from significant investment resulting in many new academic appointments and state-of-the-art facilities including computer teaching labs with specilaised software and a Trading Room in Riddel Hall. In addition, the new McClay library houses an excellent selection of Management and related texts and there are extensive IT facilities throughout the campus.
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential. In line with this, one of QUMS’ primary objectives is to deliver innovative learning and teaching programmes that provide students with the competences and skills to make a positive contribution to business, economic and civic life.
On the BSc Economics with French programme we achieve these goals by providing a range of learning environments which enable our students to engage with subject experts both academic staff and industry guest speakers, develop skills and attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world-class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this degree programme are:
Assessment (general): The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction. Modules are typically assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and a final written unseen examination. Continuous assessment consists of: class tests, computer-generated practical experiments where students have to manipulate economic data, case study research and analysis of a particular economic issue, small group project and presentations whereby groups of three/four students work on a particular economics related task to provide possible solutions Language refinement exercises including report and essay writing and individual and group presentations in the target language
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.Back to top
Those pursuing a career in Economics with French should enjoy working with numbers and dealing with a range of information which might be incomplete or provide conflicting advice as they attempt to understand and provide solutions to economics and French-related problems to a range of stakeholders such as the banking industry, investors, policy-makers, industry etc. They should also be effective communicators and work well with people.
Many of the skills that students will acquire during their studies at Queen’s will be of great value in a range of different career and life situations. Core transferable skills include the ability to learn independently, problem solve, understand and interpret very sophisticated economic and related information, work productively as part of a team and be able to communicate effectively in a second language.
Graduate Careers and Achievements
Students graduating with a degree in Economics with French from Queens’ are well placed to secure a range of employment opportunities in a wide range of positions in the public and private sectors both locally and internationally. In recent years, students have secured positions in economic analysis and appraisal with a range of government and other public sector organisations, specialist careers in economic appraisal and careers with international consulting organisations.
The Prospects website provides further information regarding the types of jobs that attract BSc Economics with French graduates.
Further study is also an option open to BSc Economics with French graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics, as shown on the Queen’s University Management School website.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.Back to top
Study Abroad/Placement: between Levels 2 and 3 students spend a period of residence in a French-speaking country. Most students have the possibility of acquiring valuable professional experience in a French-speaking company or school, and of gaining a work-based learning qualification. Those who choose to work as an English-language assistant can enrol for a TEFL qualification. Recent students have taught not only in France, but also in Martinique, La Réunion and Canada.
Support: students run a lively French society, and staff offer support through a personal tutoring system, a skills development programme, and a structured feedback framework, aimed at helping all students reach their potential.Back to top