Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code QR11
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects English Language and Linguistics French Linguistics

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French Studies
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School of Languages and Cultures

Top 10 in the Russell Group for research impact
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

This course focuses on developing your oral and written fluency in French to a high standard. You'll also study French society and culture from the medieval period to the present day. Options include film studies, bande dessinée, social exclusion, modern French thought and the visual arts.

Throughout the course, you'll choose from a range of modules offered by the Department of English Language and Linguistics that will complement your growing linguistic skills. You'll spend your third year in a French-speaking country, as a language assistant in a school or studying at a university.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB, typically including a modern foreign language*
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB typically including a modern foreign language* + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 33, typically with 6 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language*
BTEC DDD + typically an appropriate modern foreign language qualification*
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 typically including a modern foreign language*
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB+B typically including a modern foreign language*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB typically including a modern foreign language*
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • *If you are not studying a modern foreign language, the department will consider other evidence of aptitude for language learning (such as a languages GCSE or, for non-native speakers of English, an English language qualification).
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on French Studies website

School of English website

First year

Core modules:

The Sounds of English
The Structure of English

Optional modules:

History of English
Introduction to Research Methods in Linguistics
Varieties of English
French Beginners I
French Beginners II
French Critical Contexts I
French Critical Contexts II
Language and Communication Skills I
Language and Communication Skills II
Understanding Modern France I
Understanding Modern France II

Second year

Optional modules:

A Sense of Place: Local and Regional Identity
Big Data: Language & Digital Corpora
First Language Acquisition
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Introduction to Middle English
Introduction to Modern Irish
Introduction to Old English
Language Attitudes
Language Politics and Language Policy
Language and Cognition
Special Subject
The History of Persuasion
Writing the Real
"Par où commencer?" Séminaire d'analyse et d'interprétation du texte littéraire I
"Par où commencer?" Séminaire d'analyse et diinterprétation du texte littéraire II
Des Gaulois à de Gaulle: histoire pratique du français
French Intermediate I
French Intermediate II
L'Exclusion Sociale en France I
L'Exclusion Sociale en France II
La Bande Dessinee I
La Bande Dessinee II
La Francophonie: Langue, Colonie et Civilisation I
La Francophonie: Langue, Colonie et Civilisation II
Language and Communication Skills III
Language and Communication Skills IV
Minorités et Identités dans la France du XXe siècle I
Minorités et Identités dans la France du XXe siècle II
The World of French Words
Translation in Theoretical Context I
Translation in Theoretical Context II
Understanding Modern France I (Beginners' Pathway)
Understanding Modern France II (Beginners' Pathway)
Writing the Revolution I
Writing the Revolution II

Third year

Core modules:

French Year Abroad
French Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad

Fourth year

Core modules:

Language and Communication Skills V
Language and Communication Skills VI

Optional modules:

Advanced Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Advanced Phonetics
Approaches to Discourse
Cold War Culture
Conversation Analysis
Dialect in Literature and Film
Historical Pragmatics
Historical Sociolinguistics
Language and Gender
Language in Use: An Introduction to Corpus Linguistic Research
Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages
Narrative Style in the Contemporary Novel
Psychology of Language
Research Practice
Researching Readers
Social Approaches to Multilingualism
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
World Englishes
Film Studies I
Film Studies II
Gender, Society and Economy in France I
Gender, Society and Economy in France II
Literature and Politics of the 'Post(-)colonial' I
Literature and Politics of the 'Post-Colonial' I
Litterature Et Democratie I
Litterature Et Democratie II
Realities and Falsehoods: The French Occupation in Literature and Film I
Realities and Falsehoods: The French Occupation in Literature and Film II

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 12%
Independent study 88%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 15%
Coursework 62%
Practical 24%

French Studies

Jessop West building

Our courses focus on developing your spoken and written French to a native or near-native standard. You'll also, through the study of French culture and society, acquire detailed knowledge and core critical skills. Options include film studies, bande dessinée, social exclusion, modern French thought, contemporary theatre and the visual arts.

Our teaching is informed by world-leading research in French art, literature, history, society, film and theatre. You'll have opportunities to get involved in our diverse projects and special events - including an annual play, book group, research seminars and talks from invited speakers.

Our courses are distinctive and cutting-edge. There are traditional lectures and you'll participate in seminars, workshops and research projects. We teach English and French. Our language classes are kept small to ensure all students' needs are met.

French Studies website

School of English

We are a research intensive department with an international perspective on English studies across four distinct degree programmes. Students can specialise in their chosen degree, whilst also taking modules from different programmes, forging interdisciplinary connections about the ways in which humans use language.

Our staff are researchers, critics, and writers. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired. We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate. Our modules draw on a range of innovative assessments and can include designing websites, writing blog posts, and working with publishing software, in addition to writing essays and delivering presentations. We are committed to providing our students with the pastoral support they need in order to thrive in their degree. All students are assigned a personal tutor with whom they have regular meetings. You are welcome to see any of the academic staff in our regular office hours, if there's anything you want to ask.

School of English website

What our graduates do

Our graduates go into the civil service, media and advertising, translating and interpreting, business, law, charity, teaching and social work. Some go on to further study and an academic career.

Student profile

"I have career aspirations to become a lecturer so I knew that being a department that was full of people who do research as half of their job would be the best place to be."

Matthew McNicholl

"I've always been pretty interested in language innovation and language use, and the degree can be related to the outside world. So we focus on, say, how texting and social media affect language."

Lewis Clarke

All our courses run for four years, with your third year spent abroad so you can perfect your language skills and gain a better appreciation of the culture.

If French is the only language you're studying, you'll spend the year in one place. This could be in France, usually as a school language assistant or at a university, or in Canada, on the island of La Réunion, or at the renowned Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.

If you're studying French with another language you'll spend five months in each country. We will always try to find a placement that suits you, for example if you take French with Management or Economics you might prefer to do a work placement or study at a business school in Montpellier or Bordeaux.

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