French and Japanese (BA)

French and Japanese BA (joint honours) gives students the opportunity to combine the study of two important world languages.

The School of Modern Languages aims to develop and educate its students to become 'global citizens'. With in depth study of both French and Japanese, two major world languages, graduates will be competitive and attractive within an increasingly global workforce. You will develop high-level language skills in both languages, and achieve near-native competency, along with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of aspects of the culture, literature, history, politics and society of France and Japan.

France is a major actor on the European and world stage and possesses a rich and sophisticated culture. Its language is more important today than it has ever been.

Japan is one of the most powerful economies in the world, with Japanese businesses and organisations continuing to be in need of English-speaking graduates who can understand Japanese and who are knowledgeable of Japanese culture and society. 

This course will enable you to develop your writing, oral and aural skills through a range of learning activities, and using a variety of audio-visual materials including websites, films and new learning technologies.

It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself. It involves exploring many aspects of a country and its cultures, literature and cinema, history, social structures, politics and institutions.

The third year of your course will be spent abroad: one full semester in France or in another francophone country, followed by an approximately three-month placement in Japan. These placements abroad will provide you with the opportunity to truly immerse yourself into the language and culture of both countries.

Key facts

UCAS CodeTR21
Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration4 years
Typical places availableThe School typically has 185 places available
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives 600 applications
Typical A level offerAAB (B in French)
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core plus grades BB at A-level, including French.
Typical International Baccalaureate offerConsidered on individual merit
Other qualificationsA list of commonly accepted alternative entry qualifications and admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be read online.

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
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Admissions tutor(s)

Mrs Marie-laure Jones, Admissions Tutor

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This is a four year degree of which the third year is spent in Japan and France.

Year one

In Year 1, you take credits in French and Japanese, including a language modules at either advanced or beginners level.

As such, our ‘Key optional modules’ below indicate the modules you would be required to study depending on your subject specific A-levels as outlined above. ’Further optional modules’ are optional modules not tied to your entry pathway.

Students of this course can choose to study modules outside of their allocated School(s) core and optional modules. These can be chosen from modules from participating Academic Schools.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Elementary Japanese (Autumn)ML158220 credits
Elementary Japanese (Spring)ML168220 credits
Modern FranceML619920 credits
Japanese HistoryML158120 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
Advanced French Language Year 1ML618840 credits
Beginners French Language Year 1ML618940 credits

Year two

In the second year you will take further modules in Japanese, which are designed to increase the facility with which you can comprehend and use more advanced Japanese. At the same time, your knowledge of Japan and Japanese society is increased through lectures and seminars on modern Japanese society. The remainder of your modules will be taken from modules within the School of Modern Languages covering the French language as well as cultural modules relating to France.

Year three: Sandwich year

In the third year of study, you will spend approximately half the year in the relevant European country and half in Japan. The time in Japan is spent studying in a Japanese university with which the Centre has an exchange agreement. By this stage you should have a sufficient command of the spoken language to operate comfortably in Japan and gain the maximum benefit from your period of study there.

Year four

You will then return to Cardiff for the final year to take further modules in Japanese. More advanced study of the Japanese language during this year is accompanied by study of a key aspect of modern Japan.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping students to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop their own ideas.

Seminars provide an opportunity for students to explore the ideas outlined in the lecture in a small group environment. Seminars would usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small group work and student-led presentations. Seminars offer a rewarding opportunity to engage critically with the key ideas and reading of a topic, and to explore areas of particular interest with an expert in the field. It is vital that students prepare for seminars (undertaking any set reading, developing independent critical thought) in order to gain the maximum benefit from the sessions.

Lectures and seminars enable students to develop communication and analytical skills, and to develop critical thinking in a supportive environment.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing students’ capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Dedicated essay workshops and individual advice enables students to produce their best work, and written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling students to develop their strengths and address any weaker areas.

Dissertation: The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and thereby to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study; to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material; and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.

Pastoral Care: You will be allocated a personal tutor for the entire period you are at the University. Personal tutors are members of the academic staff who are available to students seeking advice, guidance and help.

In 2013/14, 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

The destinations from the School are often international in nature, with many graduates enjoying their overseas student experience to such an extent that they opt to take time out to travel further, or go abroad on graduation in the hope of securing employment. 

Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many start work immediately following their studies. Their employment options are varied and many opt to utilise the language skills that they have developed over their degree, in roles such as Translators, Language Assistants, Export Assistants and Proofreaders, working with their languages in organisations such as Bearmach Ltd, the British Council, Global Response and Inter Global.

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September 2016

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