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  • Overview

    Gain practical skills for business management and become fluent in a major world language with this wide-ranging degree.

    If you have an A-level in French, core modules will allow you to improve and refine your language skills – and you’ll spend a year in a Francophone country to consolidate your knowledge. You’ll also study key principles of management such as organisational behaviour and interpreting financial information with basic accounting skills.

    We also offer an impressive variety of optional modules across both subjects, allowing you to shape a degree that suits your interests. You could explore French cinema, , Francophone Africa or linguistic variation with employment law, managing diversity, management decision-making and international finance. You could even try translation studies, interpreting or specialised uses of French in business.

    It’s a great way to gain skills across two different disciplines – and expand your own horizons too.

    Specialist facilities

    Leeds offers great facilities for language students. Digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) are all available in our fully-equipped Language Zone. There’s also an extensive lending library of foreign films and newspapers as well as other on-demand resources.

    Our Interpreter Training Suites also offer you the chance to explore a career in interpreting, and our Electronic Resource Information Centre houses specialised computing facilities to support translation studies.

  • Course content

    A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

    You’ll spend your first year improving your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in French, as well as studying core modules introducing you to key principles in business management, such as basic accounting, organisational behaviour and economics. You’ll also take one of our Cornerstone modules to draw your two subjects together.

    In the following year you’ll continue with your language classes while learning about the complexities of marketing and operations and supply chain management. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules exploring French history, cinema, literature and politics, alongside management topics such as corporate social responsibility or the legal environment. All of this will leave you well prepared for your third year, when you’ll work or study in a Francophone country to gain a deeper appreciation of the local culture.

    When you return for your final year, you’ll have a new perspective to inform your studies. You’ll refine your French in advanced language classes and select from an even broader range of optional modules. You’ll also cover complex topics such as business strategy and operations management, and choose optional modules from international finance to employment law. You’ll apply the skills that you’ve acquired throughout your degree to an independently researched project.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more examples of optional modules and the full course structure.

    Compulsory modules

    • Language Awareness and Skills 20 credits
    • Introduction to French Studies (Resistance and Desire) 20 credits
    • Accounting for Managers 10 credits
    • Organisational Behaviour 20 credits
    • Economics for Management 20 credits
    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits
    • Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Language in Contexts 20 credits
    • Marketing 20 credits
    • Operations and Supply Chain Management 10 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Politics and Society in France since 1945 20 credits
    • The Seventh Art - Cinema in France 20 credits
    • Black Atlantic: African and Caribbean Culture in French 20 credits
    • Introduction to Professional Translation and Interpreting 20 credits
    • How Managers Make Decisions 10 credits
    • Business and the Legal Environment 20 credits
    • Managing International Business 20 credits
    • Corporate Social Responsibility 10 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad 120 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Language Skills 20 credits
    • Strategic Management 20 credits
    • Final Year Project

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Bilingual Liaison Interpreting 20 credits
    • Memoires de guerre: France and the First World War 20 credits
    • French as a Professional Language 20 credits
    • Paris in Revolt. The May 1968 events, past and present 20 credits
    • Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspective 20 credits
    • Advertising and Promotional Management 10 credits
    • Employment Law 20 credits
    • Managing Innovation and Technology 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read French and Management BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and Leeds University Business School are both home to tutors who are experts and leading researchers in their fields.

    We use a wide variety of teaching methods so you can benefit from our expertise. These include lectures, seminars and tutorials, as well as workshops in some cases. However, we attach a lot of importance to independent learning, since this is how you develop critical and research skills.


    Different forms of assessment are also used, including exams and essays. Some modules may also include group work, oral presentations and other forms of coursework. Support will be available throughout your time at Leeds, including extra classes on topics such as public speaking and exam technique.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB including A in French.

    GCSE: B in Mathematics.

    • 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. Grade B in CGSE Mathematics is required. 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

      D3, M1, M1 including D3 in French.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in French at Higher Level and 5 in Mathematics at Standard Level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      AAAABB including A in French.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AB in Advanced Highers including A in French and AABBB in Highers, or A in French in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers.

    • 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: 80% including 85% in French.

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

    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 ABB at A Level including A in French 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 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: BBB at A Level including French and pass Access to Leeds.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

    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.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU 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

    School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £15,750 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    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.

    Additional cost information

    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

    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.

  • Career opportunities

    A Joint Honours degree in French and Management is varied and demanding, allowing you to develop a wide range of skills that are very attractive to employers.

    Fluency in a world language is highly valuable in itself and opens doors to many language-specific career paths, as well as offering opportunities abroad. You’ll also have a high degree of commercial awareness and transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, analysis and research.

    Spending a year abroad will demonstrate that you’re independent, resilient and capable of adapting to new environments, and you’ll have excellent organisational skills from managing two different subjects.

    Graduates have gone into careers in areas such as sales, marketing, tourism, management, the civil service, education and journalism. Others have pursued further specialised training or postgraduate study in fields such as translating or interpreting.

    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

    Residence abroad

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

    We have partnerships with a number of universities in the region where you could study, or you could undertake a work placement. You could even work as a language assistant in a school under the British Council’s programme.

    Whatever you choose to do, you’ll gain a new insight into a French-speaking society as well as valuable experience of adapting to another culture. If you choose to work during your time there, you’ll also return with work experience to increase your appeal to employers. For many of our students, it’s the real highlight of their course.

    Read more about Residence Abroad in French