French at Queen’s reflects the dynamism and cultural diversity of the French-speaking world, focusing on the language, culture and society of metropolitan France, and opening up perspectives on a range of global cultures. All students spend an academic year in a francophone country. The undergraduate History programme offers students a wide choice, including ancient, medieval, early modern and modern history; students can explore aspects of gender, social and cultural history, colonial history, politics, religious and economic change.
French at Queen’s has frequently been in the top five, and consistently in the top seven, in a range of UK league tables over the last three years.
“I was delighted to be awarded the Martin Lynn Memorial Prize for first year History at Queen’s. The course has enabled me explore and develop many new areas of history and I look forward to continuing my studies.”
Mark Jose Sandy, Cambridgeshire, England
2nd Year, BA Single Honours History
|Stage 1||French 1|
French for Beginners
Exploring History 1
Exploring History 2
|Stage 1 Optional Courses||Intro to French Studies 1 |
Intro to French Studies 2
History and Historians: Contested Pasts
A World on the Move
What is to be done? Sustainability, climate change and just energy transitions in the Anthropocene
History and Society
|Stage 2||French 2|
|Stage 2 Optional Courses||Modern Autobiography|
Myth and Biography in Recent French Fiction
Paris, City of Modernity
The Northern Ireland Conflict and paths to Peace
Apocalypse! The End of the World
The making of Contemporary Britain
The American South 1619-1865
The Roman Origins of East & West, c.300-800
Europe between the Wars, 1919-1939
Life, Love and Death
Politics and Society in 20th Century Ireland
The American South, 1865-1980
Expansion of Medieval Europe
Revolutionary Europe, 1500-1789
Nationalism and Liberation in Africa
Visualising China’s encounter with the West
Cabinets of Curiosity: Museums of Past and Present
|Stage 3||Placement Year|
|Stage 4||French 3|
|Stage 4 Optional Courses||Modernism(s) |
Contemporary Francophone Chinese Fiction
Ambition & Desire
Romance and Realism in Media Cultures
Popular Culture in England 1500-1700
Evangelical Protestantism in Ulster Society
The Rise of Christianity
The Irish Revolution
Kings, Courts and Culture in Carolingian Europe
Sin Cities? Everyday life in the Modern Metropolis
Pop Culture and Protest in US History
From Slavery to “Say Her Name
Twentieth Century China
Cultures of Knowledge in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland
The Second World War in Europe
The Origins of Protestantism
‘That Vast Catastrophe’: The Great Famine of the 1840’s
Religion and Empire
War of Ideas
Paths to Independence & Decolonisation in India & E Africa
Dr McCusker is the Subject Lead for French, and teaches French language and modern French and francophone culture. She specialises in contemporary Caribbean literature in French and France's relationship with its former colonies and territories, including in Africa.
|Large Group Teaching||3 (hours maximum)|
hours of lectures
|Medium Group Teaching||6 (hours maximum)|
hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
|Personal Study||24 (hours maximum)|
22–24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc
|Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial||1 (hours maximum)|
hour of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week
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 our students to achieve their full academic potential.
On the BA in French and History we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop 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 course are:
Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
As students progress through the course they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module convenors, teaching assistants, 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:
Queen’s has an excellent library with an outstanding range of resources in French and Francophone cultures and in History. The Language Centre has state-of-the-art facilities for language learning, and the IT provision more generally is excellent.
|A level requirements|
Post A-level French
ABB including A-level French.
Note: for applicants who have not studied A-level French then AS-level French grade B would be acceptable in lieu of A-level French.
Beginners Level French
ABB + GCSE French grade B or evidence of linguistic ability in another language. Note: the Beginners' option is not available to those who have studied A-level or AS-level French.
|Irish leaving certificate requirements|
H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in French
|International Baccalaureate Diploma|
33 points overall, including 6(French),5,5 at Higher Level
A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree, provided any subject requirement is also met
In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.
Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.
Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.
For last year's intake, applicants for this BA programme offering A-level/BTEC Level 3 qualifications must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C/4 or better (to include English Language). Performance in any AS or A-level examinations already completed would also have been taken into account and the Selector checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects can be fulfilled.
Offers are normally be made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The offer for repeat candidates is set in terms of three A-levels and may be one grade higher than that asked from first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.
Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant’s portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.
Access courses, BTEC Extended Diplomas, Higher National Certificates, and Higher National Diplomas can be considered, provided the subject requirements for entry to French are also fulfilled.
The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of BA degrees, these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.
A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.
Candidates are not normally asked to attend for interview.
If you are made an offer then you may be invited to a Faculty/School Visit Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.
If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions Service (firstname.lastname@example.org), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.
INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Studying for a French and History degree at Queen‘s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions.
Employment after the Course
Graduates of French and History go on to work in a very wide range of sectors, including media and communications, civil service, advertising, journalism, tourism, teaching and translation. They are particularly in demand in careers requiring a high level of communication and presentation skills, as well as strong critical and analytical thinking.
Graduates from this degree at Queen‘s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including History.
The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
Fast-stream Civil Service
Museums, archives and libraries
Publishing, journalism and media
"I really enjoyed my degree, especially the year abroad which allowed me to gain valuable professional experience and intercultural awareness. In addition, the high degree of analytical and linguistic training I received has prepared me very well for my work in the Department of Education in the areas of policy and legislation."
Sarah Malcolmson, graduated in 2003 in French and History, is now a Deputy Principal in the Northern Ireland Civil Service.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
At Level 1, the Martin Lynn Memorial Prizes recognise the best performances in the ‘Exploring History I’ and ‘Exploring History II’ modules.
Students receive a certificate of distinction for first class performance in the Level 3 oral examination in French.
The A. N. Troughton Award and the Samuel and Sarah Ferguson Travel Prize recognise academic achievement at Levels 1 and 2.
The Chris Shorley Prize rewards the best performances in the French Language exam in Level 3.
The Denis Rebbeck Prize is awarded to the student who shows most promise at the end of Level 2.
The Esther Ballantine Prize is awarded for the best performance in any pathway involving modern history
The J.C. Beckett Prize is awarded for the best overall performance by a Level 1 History student.
The K.H. Connell Prize rewards the graduating student who has the best performance in an Economic and Social History module.
The Lewis Warren Prize is awarded for the best performance in any Medieval History module at Levels 2 or 3.
The Mary Gardiner Prize is awarded to the Level 3 student who achieves greatest distinction in Ancient History in the final examinations.
The Montgomery Medal is awarded for the best final-year undergraduate dissertation on an aspect of current affairs in Ireland.
The QUB History Society Prize rewards the best group project in ‘History and Historians: Contested Pasts’.
The Richard Bales Prize is awarded to the student with the highest mark in a French optional module in Level 3.
There are a number of undergraduate prizes available to top-performing students on this pathway. In addition to Foundation Scholarships recognizing outstanding achievement in Level 1, we have a range of endowed prizes.
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£4,530|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£9,250|
|Other (non-UK) EU *||£TBC|
The undergraduate fees for 2021 entry are set out above.
* The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students It is however expected that there will be a specific arrangements put in place for RoI nationals living in the UK and Ireland and those with pre-settled and settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.
If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.
Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
French and History costs
Students have a compulsory year abroad in year 3 of their degree. Students who undertake a period of study or work abroad are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placement. Students should be aware that placement and internship modules do not normally involve payment or financial support from either Queen’s or the placement/internship provider.
Placement options include:
Erasmus Work with British Council as Teaching Assistant: Students currently receive approximately €780 net per month and an Erasmus monthly grant of approximately €300 .
Erasmus Study Placement: Students currently receive an Erasmus monthly grant of €300.
A limited number of Erasmus grants are available.
There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.
Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How to Apply
Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/students.
When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2021 from 1 September 2020.
Advisory closing date: 15 January 2021 (18:00). This is the 'equal consideration' deadline for this course.
Applications from UK and EU students after this date are, in practice, considered by Queen’s for entry to this course throughout the remainder of the application cycle (30 June 2021) subject to the availability of places.
Applications from International (non-UK/EU) students are normally considered by Queen’s for entry to this course until 30 June 2021. If you apply for 2021 entry after this deadline, you will automatically be entered into Clearing.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.
The Institution code name for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.
Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study. Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.
Fees and Funding
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