Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code R120
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects French

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Department of French
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2864

School of Languages and Cultures

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

Course description

The timetable is rich and varied. There are some traditional lectures but you will also attend seminars and workshops, take part in research projects and work on special events like exhibitions and theatre productions.

We focus on developing your spoken and written French to a very high standard. Alongside your language classes, you will study French society and culture form the medieval period to the present.

The course covers literature, linguistics, cinema, business, politics and gender studies. Options include bande dessinée, modern French thought and contemporary theatre. Lectures are in English and French. Small-group language classes are taught by a team of native speakers. You will also do grammar and translation work online.

Modules: what you study and when

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 including French
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB including French + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject.
International Baccalaureate 33, 6 in Higher Level French
BTEC DDD + an appropriate French qualification
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 including French
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB + B in French
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB including French
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
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 Department of French website

First year

Core modules:

Language and Communication Skills I
Language and Communication Skills II
Understanding Modern France I
Understanding Modern France II

Optional modules:

Des Gaulois à de Gaulle: histoire pratique du français
French Critical Contexts I
French Critical Contexts II
The World of French Words

Second year

Core modules:

Language and Communication Skills III
Language and Communication Skills IV

Optional modules:

Cold War Culture
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Language at Work
"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
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
Minorités et Identités dans la France du XXe siècle I
Minorités et Identités dans la France du XXe siècle II
Translation in Theoretical Context I
Translation in Theoretical Context II
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
Cold War Culture
Language in Use: An Introduction to Corpus Linguistic Research
Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages
Social Approaches to Multilingualism
Film Studies I
Film Studies II
Gender, Society and Economy in France I
Gender, Society and Economy in France II
Le Rire Gaulois I
Le Rire Gaulois II
Le Siècle des Lumières I
Le Siècle des Lumières 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 course. 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%

Department of French

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.

Department of French 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

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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