Each year you will take three course units in French and one in Italian.
The course is structured around core course units in spoken and written language in each year spent on campus. For Italian, in your first year you will take either the advanced language course unit or the intensive language course unit for beginners. Additional language course units including translation are taken by specialist (single and major French) students. Language course units exploit film resources and computer programmes designed by the department, with language laboratories, satellite television and internet available all day for personal study.
In the first year, optional course units in French introduce key areas such as history, linguistics, politics, literature, theories of communication, cinema and the visual arts, which equip students with foundational knowledge, critical tools and skills. By the final year, the range of course units allows students to specialise in aspects of particular interest.
Throughout the course, you will:
- learn to converse and write confidently in French and Italian
- analyse and critique French and Italian materials in a wide variety of media
- engage with the rich and varied world-view represented through the French and Italian languages and understand their continuing role in world affairs.
All undergraduate degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on the course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexible approach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent and developmental structure. In the case of combined degree courses, this approach also makes it possible to change the balance of your subjects during your time at Royal Holloway.
The School's website gives detailed lists of the course units taken for each different degree.