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Higher Certificate in French Literature

Course Description


The Higher Certificate in French Literature has been developed by the Department of French, Maynooth University to address the needs of those working as teachers of French, graduates of French exploring other career options as well adults with a very good competence in French language who are interested in learning more about the literature and culture of the French-speaking countries.

The Higher Certificate in French Literature aims to:
- provide students with an opportunity to specialise in the area of French literature through the study of a broad range of French-language literary texts through history;

- equip students who have little experience of dealing with literary texts with the necessary academic, analytical, creative, aesthetic, reflective and presentation skills to enable them to engage with literature in a productive way;

- enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of important concepts in French-speaking literatures, cultures and societies.

See the website https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/french/our-courses/higher-certificate-french-literature

Minimum English language requirements:
- IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
- TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
- TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
- PTE (Pearson): 62

National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

Course Structure

The Higher Certificate in French Literature is a part-time programme that will be delivered in an open learning format incorporating distance learning and intensive workshops. It comprises a set of four 5-credit modules on which students will be examined by continuous assessment.
- 9 x 4-hour workshops: 36 hours
- Planned home-based learning activities: 88 hours
- Independent student activities: 144
- Total:268 hours

There will be a 4-hour introductory workshop at the start of the course. Each 5-credit module will also involve two 4-hour module workshops as well as ongoing scheduled activities and independent study. The nine workshops, normally organised on Saturdays, will provide an opportunity for participants to familiarise themselves with a variety of approaches to the literary text, to present and discuss their ideas about the texts they have read at home and to critically reflect on the way in which literature both reflects and feeds into issues of relevance to the societies in which the authors are writing.

There are two options for completing the Higher Certificate in French Literature:
- a 1-year part-time option, where students complete two 5-credit modules each semester and
- a 2-year part-time option, where students complete one 5-credit module each semester.

Before registration for the 1-year part-time programme, students should agree a study plan with the Programme Director.

Semester 1:
- FR211D LITERATURE & SOCIETY 1 (Distance)
- FR221D LITERATURE & SOCIETY 2 (Distance)

Semester 2:
- FR311D LITERATURE & SOCIETY 3 (Distance)
- FR321D LITERATURE & SOCIETY 4 (Distance)

- Assessment Procedure
Participants will be expected to attend all course workshops, to prepare for those workshops by reading prescribed material, and to participate fully in the group process and learning. All four modules involved in the Higher Certificate in French Literature will be assessed by continuous assessment, which may involve a combination of methods such as essays, presentations at module workshops, or critical analysis of short excerpts from text. Participants will be advised on how to prepare for these and will receive feedback on their progress throughout the course.

Career Options

The Certificate in French Literature enables graduates working as Post-Primary language teachers to engage with a substantial body of literature through the medium of the foreign language. The course would furthermore constitute an ideal starting point for further study in literary and cultural studies, including the NUI Maynooth’s MA French and the MA in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Narratives of Conflict.

Find out how to apply here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/french/our-courses/higher-certificate-french-literature#tabs-apply

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

Visit the Higher Certificate in French Literature page on the Maynooth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have obtained an honours degree (extending over at least three years) in which French was a major subject amounting to 30% of the credit value of the course as a whole. Applicants who do not possess this type of qualification may also be admitted under certain circumstances, provided that they have French language competence of at least level B2 (European Framework of Reference for Languages). Prospective candidates should contact the Programme Director for advice on their eligibility for the programme. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

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