French BA

Year of entry

2024 course information

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UCAS code
R120
Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
Duration
4 years full time
Work placement
Optional
Study abroad
See below
Typical A-level offer
ABB (specific subject requirements)
Typical Access to Leeds offer
BBC at A level and pass Access to Leeds.
Full entry requirements

Course overview

French

Whether you are learning as a beginner or have a more advanced understanding of French, this four-year French degree is designed to meet your needs.

With a diverse cultural heritage and varied history, France has been hugely influential in the shaping of the modern world. As a major economic and political force, it continues to play an important role today.

You’ll gain a thorough knowledge of this global language while building an awareness of French and Francophone culture.

You’ll study core language modules and you’ll explore areas of French culture, politics, history and literature that interest you.

The size of our department means that we can offer a range of optional modules on topics from politics and philosophy to chivalry in medieval France, via the history of the French language and postcolonial Francophone cinema.

Translation is an integral part of the course from your first year, providing an opportunity to specialise in this area if you want to explore this as a potential career path.

This four-year course includes a year abroad.

Specialist facilities

Our Language Zone gives you access to free learning resources, including space for personal study, language learning software, and video, audio, books and magazines. You'll also have access to our translation computer labs equipped with specialist software and our interpreter training booths to explore different career options.

With four libraries on campus, you’ll find space for study, group work and research. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections – valuable assets for your independent research. You’ll have access to free classes and workshops so you can learn how to use them.

Course details

In your first two years, you’ll consolidate your written and spoken French through core language modules, as well as being introduced to key aspects of French culture.

As you progress, more of your classes will be taught in French, and you’ll spend more time working independently to explore your own ideas and build your critical skills.

All of this will prepare you for your third year, where you will push your French language skills further as you spend a year working or studying in France or another Francophone country.

Having immersed yourself in the local culture, you’ll return to Leeds with a new perspective for your final year. Advanced language modules will help you refine your skills, while you’ll enjoy an even wider choice of optional modules on topics from all periods of literature to the use of French in a professional context.

Your independently researched Final Year Project will put the skills you’ve developed into practice.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

Whether you are studying with an A-level or equivalent, or from beginner’s level, you can find a full list of typical modules available on this course.

Discovery modules

Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.

This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

We use a range of different learning and teaching styles to help you benefit from the expertise of our tutors, all of whom are leading researchers in their own fields. These include lectures, small-group seminars and tutorials, or occasionally workshops.

Independent study is also an important aspect of your degree, since it allows you to develop your research skills and think critically about what you read. You’ll also participate in individual or group presentations, as part of the emphasis we place on allowing you to explore and develop your own ideas. We have excellent library resources to help you, and the University Library runs training programmes to help you can make the most of them.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

We use various types of assessment. Exams and essays are a significant part of this, but in some modules you may also be assessed on components such as group work, reports, or oral presentations. We offer support in these areas as well – for example, we run extra classes on skills such as public speaking, structuring essays and exam technique that you’ll be able to attend throughout your time at Leeds.

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB

Where the post-A level language route is taken, a B grade in the language is required.

Where the beginner language route is taken, previous experience in language is not required.

Other course specific tests:

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A levels, this would be BBB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.

We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

Alternative qualification

Access to HE Diploma

Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

BTEC

We will consider the level 3 QCF BTEC at Subsidiary Diploma level and above in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Cambridge Pre-U

M1, M1, M2.

Where the post-A level language route is taken, M2 in the language is required.

Where the beginner language route is taken, previous experience in language is not required.

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall with 16 at Higher Level.

Where the post-A level language route is taken, 5 in Higher Level in the language is required.

Where the beginner language route is taken, previous experience in language is not required.

Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)

H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3.

Where the post-A level language route is taken, H3 in the language is required.

Where the beginner language route is taken, previous experience in language is not required.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

BB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers or B in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers or AABBBB in Highers.

Where the post-A level language route is taken, B in Advanced Higher in the language is required.

Where the beginner language route is taken, previous experience in language is not required.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

Other Qualifications

European Baccalaureate: 75%.

Where the post-A level language route is taken, 8.0 in the language is required.

Where the beginner language route is taken, previous experience in language is not required.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBC at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.


Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

Fees

UK: £9,250 (per year)

International: £22,250 (per year)

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will remain capped at £9,250 for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 are available on individual course pages.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2024/25
Tuition fees for international students for 2024/25 will be available on individual course pages from September 2023.

Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Applying

Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

Read our guidance about applying.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023

This course is taught by

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Contact us

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions

Email: lcsadmissions@leeds.ac.uk
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Career opportunities

A French degree gives you expertise in an important world language, the experience of living abroad, and a real appreciation of a fascinating culture. You’ll also develop important transferable skills which are highly valued by employers.

You’ll be a strong communicator who can present and defend your views clearly, both verbally and in writing.

You’ll have developed skills such as teamwork, research, critical thinking and analysis – and your independence and adaptability will be demonstrated by your year abroad.

As a result, graduates have gone on to work in business and finance, marketing, management, publishing, journalism, tourism, law, cultural institutions, curatorship, the civil service and education.

Others have studied for a postgraduate qualification to pursue translation-based careers or to continue to study French language and culture to Masters level, either for a PhD and career in academia or to further their knowledge.

We are committed to helping you achieve your career ambitions. The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies careers and employability support includes promoting internships, providing opportunities to work for the School and employer-led workshops and events.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Study abroad and work placements

You’ll spend your third year in France or another Francophone country, immersing yourself in local culture and cultivating your language skills.

You can study abroad or take a work placement year.

Whatever you choose to do, you’ll gain new insight into a French-speaking society as well as valuable experience of adapting to another culture. For many of our students, it’s the real highlight of their course.

Study abroad

We have partnerships with a number of universities in France where you can decide to study the equivalent of your course alongside French students or take an intensive language course for learners of French.

Work placement

You can take a work placement year with one of our partner French-speaking companies or set up your own placement. You can also work as a language assistant in a school under the British Council’s programme.