French and Music (BA)

This Joint Honours degree programme enables students to benefit from developing their foreign language skills whilst studying the creative and challenging subject of Music.

By combining these two courses, students will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, opening the doors to a variety of career paths. In addition, students will spend their third year in France, practising and developing their acquired language skills.

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. Studying French will enable you to develop your writing skills through a range of exercises including resumes and essays with your oral and aural skills being practised through a varied pool of audio-video material, websites, films and computer programmes.

All joint honours applicants with Music are expected to have gained or shown evidence of working towards Grade 8 in one instrument or voice at the time of application. Consideration will be given to applicants who are not taking A-level Music but have Grade 8 Practical and Grade 8 Theory and are studying appropriate Humanities subjects at A-level.

Key facts

UCAS CodeWR31
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 offerBBB. Three A levels, including a B in French and a B in Music. All joint honours applicants with Music are expected to have gained or shown evidence of working towards Grade 8 in one instrument or voice at the time of application. Consideration will be given to applicants who are not taking A-level Music but have Grade 8 Practical and Grade 8 Theory and are studying appropriate Humanities subjects at A-level.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above), excluding French and Music. All joint honours applicants with Music are expected to have gained or shown evidence of working towards Grade 8 in one instrument or voice at the time of application. Consideration will be given to applicants who are not taking A-level Music but have Grade 8 Practical and Grade 8 Theory and are studying appropriate Humanities subjects at A-level.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer33, 5 points from French at higher level and 6 from Music at higher level.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.

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

Mrs Marie-laure Jones, Admissions Tutor

Dr Keith Chapin, Admissions Tutor

Miss Laila Khan, Course Administrator

Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by May 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

Throughout your degree programme, you will combine modules in French and Music, with the opportunity to study Translation Methods in your first year. 

Year 3 will be spent abroad in France.

Year one

In the first year, you will study 60 credits from the School of Music and 60 credits from the School of Modern Languages, selected from the options below.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Modern FranceML619920 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
Composition 1AMU110710 credits
Composition 1BMU120810 credits
Fundamental AcousticsMU121710 credits
Practical Musicianship IMU131410 credits
Elements of Tonal Music IMU112520 credits
Elements of Tonal Music IIMU122720 credits
Repertoire StudiesMU131720 credits
The Full WorksMU112710 credits
A HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSICMU122610 credits
ETHNOMUSICOLOGY I: MUSIC IN HUMAN LIFEMU112410 credits
From Page To Stage: Dramaturgy in Musical TheatreMU123010 credits
Advanced French Language Year 1ML618840 credits
Beginners French Language Year 1ML618940 credits

Year two

Module titleModule codeCredits
Harmonic Practice (1750-1900)MU211410 credits
Contrapuntal Practice (1750-1900)MU222410 credits
Composition IIMU232020 credits
Analysing 20th Century MusicMU215210 credits
Studio Techniques I : Midi and SynthesisersMU215310 credits
Studio Techniques I : Midi and SynthesisersMU226110 credits
Formal Functions in The Classical TraditionMU215720 credits
Practical Musicianship I IMU235520 credits
Women and the Second World War in FranceML628620 credits
Innovations in European LiteratureML129820 credits
Principles of Translation TheoryML229920 credits
Rhyfel AlgeriaML629720 credits
Business French IML629420 credits
MUSIC SOUNDED OUT: INTERPRETING ORAL AND RECORDED GENRES AND FORMSMU235620 credits
ORCHESTRATIONMU216120 credits
Topics in Musicology 2AMU216220 credits
MUSIC AND IDEA: FROM ENLIGHTENMENT TO ROMANTICISMMU216320 credits
The Business of Music IMU216410 credits
Topics in Musicology 2BMU227020 credits
ETHNOMUSICOLOGY II: Music in Cross-Cultural PerspectiveMU227120 credits
Jazz in the Modern WorldMU227320 credits
The Business of Music IIMU227220 credits
French Language Year 2 (Ex-Beginners)ML628720 credits
French Language Year 2 (Ex-Advanced)ML629920 credits
At the Roots of European CulturesML129520 credits
Imaging the Islands: Francophone Caribbean CulturesML620020 credits
Introduction to Specialised Translation (French)ML229420 credits
Music and Idea: from Enlightenment to RomanticismMU216610 credits
Reading Film SoundMU227410 credits
Narrating and Visualising French Colonialism: Canada, the Indian Ocean, Africa and FranceML620220 credits

Year three: Sandwich year

Year four

You will take 60 credits in French and 60 credits in Music.

Module titleModule codeCredits
French Language (BA Languages)ML638020 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
Practical Musicianship III (Ensemble)MU313710 credits
Case Studies in Performance PracticeMU315410 credits
FugueMU333020 credits
DissertationMU334030 credits
Case Studies in Performance PracticeMU315820 credits
Practical Musicianship IV (Performance)MU334420 credits
Project in Music AnalysisMU334330 credits
Studio Techniques II : Audio and Hard Disk RecordingMU316320 credits
Studio Techniques II: Audio and Hard Disk RecordingMU326720 credits
Composition IvMU334520 credits
20th Century Contrapuntal PracticeMU316410 credits
Project in EthnomusicologyMU334630 credits
The Birth of ModernismMU314910 credits
The Birth of ModernismMU316520 credits
Notation and Editing of Early MusicMU327320 credits
French for professional purposesML639620 credits
Writing AfricaML638120 credits
May 68. Marking Changes in European Politics and CultureML139920 credits
Student Language AmbassadorML139820 credits
Translation as a ProfessionML239320 credits
Wagner and Romantic OperaMU327410 credits
Wagner and Romantic OperaMU327520 credits
Advanced Translation Practice (French)ML638620 credits
Dissertation (Joint Honours -In English/Welsh)ML638420 credits
Final Year Joint Honours French Dissertation IN FRENCHML637920 credits
Topics in Musicology 3AMU316610 credits
Topics in Musicology 3AMU316720 credits
Topics in Musicology 3BMU327610 credits
Topics in Musicology 3BMU327720 credits
History of French LabourML630020 credits
Y Chwyldro Ffrengig [The French Revolution]ML630120 credits
European Cinema: thinking the real of fictionML230220 credits
Dissertation/Project (Translation)ML238920 credits
Dépassement de l’art: The Parisian Avant-Garde and the Revolution of Everyday Life from Breton to DebordML630220 credits
European Cinema DissertationML230320 credits
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.

We use a range of teaching and learning styles, including lectures, small-group seminars and workshops, individual tutorials, language classes, field trips, study abroad, ensemble instrumental tuition, rehearsals, and independent study.

Instrumental tuition is fully funded by the School of Music on your principal study instrument. This includes accompaniment at your final recital. Students receive 22 half hour lessons over the course of the year.

Methods of assessment vary from module to module and may include essay assignments, presentations, extended projects, performances, and written exams.

School of Modern Languages

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.

School of Modern Languages

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.

School of Music

In 2013/14, 98% 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 skills developed within a music degree help our students to progress to a wide range of careers, both within and beyond the music profession.

Employability skills are embedded in modules at the School of Music so that you will learn both music-specific and academic skills that are transferable to other domains, especially the workplace. 

Our annual series of talks on Careers in Music offer a great chance to meet professionals active in a range of fields such as performance, music education, music journalism, arts and artist management, production and licensing, and composing for media.

The School of Music's second-year modules The Business of Music I/II are designed to help you better understand the music profession. They also offer the opportunity to undertake - either in one block or as a series of regular workplace visits - a short placement in a music- or arts-related area.

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Mrs Marie-laure Jones, Admissions Tutor

Dr Keith Chapin, Admissions Tutor

Miss Laila Khan, Course Administrator


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