French involves the study of a key European and international language and its culture. French is a widely spoken language in Europe and beyond, and this widespread use is recognised by its place as one of six official languages of the United Nations.
The course you study in first year depends on how much French you have studied before. If you have an SQA Higher or A-level in French (grade A or B), you can opt for the Level-1 Language and culture course. This will build on your knowledge of French and reinforce your awareness of linguistic structures, both spoken and written. On the cultural side, you will study a number of key genres (eg narrative, film, poetry, drama) and study texts and films in French.
If you are a beginner or near-beginner in the language, provided that you have some previous successful language learning experience, you can take the Level-1 Beginners course, which will provide an intensive foundation in reading, writing and speaking French. If you perform well on this course, you can progress to second year and beyond.
You will also study two other subjects of your choice in year 1: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
The first-year Language and culture course leads to French 2, which extends and develops your linguistic skills and builds your knowledge of French culture through the study of further texts and other cultural forms. Students progressing from the first-year Beginners course normally study additional first-year Cultural materials alongside French 2 courses.
You will also study two other subjects in year 2: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
Years 3, 4 and 5
If you successfully complete the French courses in first and second years, you may progress to Honours. It is essential that you spend your third year abroad to gain admittance to Honours. If you are taking French as a Joint Honours subject with another language, you may opt to spend your third year either in a French-speaking country or in a country where the other language is spoken. If you choose to do the latter, you will then spend the spring term of your fourth year in France.
When you return from your year abroad, along with core language study, the curriculum in the Honours years allows you to choose from a wide range of options involving literature, cinema, other aspects of French and francophone culture and civilisation, and language.
Excellent audio-visual and IT facilities are available to support both the language and the wider cultural elements of the programme.
At all levels, elements of tuition are given by native-language speakers of French.
You will spend a year abroad before beginning Honours French. Our students usually choose either to work as a language assistant in a school or to enrol at a university. The University can provide support with arranging a placement with an exchange programme or other foreign placement of your choice.
Graduates with qualifications in modern languages and cultures have gone on to pursue rewarding careers in business and commerce, marketing, media, teaching (both at home and abroad), translating and interpreting, and the civil service.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAA or AAABB (including English and a humanities subject or a language (including Gaelic) at grades A/B or B/A) in first sitting = unconditional offer.
Applicants who achieved AAAB or AABBB at their first sitting may receive a conditional offer dependent upon them attaining enough Highers and/or Advanced Highers to bring their total attainment to six or more Highers/Advanced Highers by the end of their second sitting. Please note that Advanced Highers in subjects where grades A or B have already been attained at Higher will not be double-counted. English and a humanities subject/language at grades A or B, if not attained at first sitting, will be required.
Additional offers, either conditional or unconditional, MAY be made to applicants who achieved AABB or ABBB at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed.
Higher applicants to Arts MA degrees must attain, or have attained, grades A/B or B/A at Higher in English Higher AND another humanities/language Higher subject at their first sitting to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages Higher subjects are listed below.
- Art & Design
- Business Management
- Chinese Language and Culture
- Classical Greek
- Classical studies
- English for Speakers of Other Languages
- Media Studies
- Modern Studies
- Personal and social education
- Religious Education
- Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
A-levels: Applicants will receive an offer conditional on attaining AAB. Applicants who achieve AAB are guaranteed entry. Applicants who achieve grades less than AAB but higher than BBB will be considered for entry once all results have been received and reviewed in August 2014.
IB: A minimum of 34 points is required to be considered for an offer. Actual offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.