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Arabic and French BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    This exciting degree allows you to build advanced skills in two major world languages, as well as exploring Francophone, Middle Eastern and Islamic culture worldwide.

    If you have an A-level in French, you’ll be able to learn Arabic from scratch. Core language modules will allow you to develop your reading, listening, writing and speaking skills in each language, while we offer a wide range of optional modules allowing you to explore the culture, politics and history of the Francophone and Arabic-speaking worlds.

    Our School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is large and diverse enough to offer truly flexible degrees where you can pursue your interests. You could study topics as diverse as Arabic literature, antiracism movements in France, the complex politics of the Middle East and North Africa or gender in medieval French romance. There’s also the chance to try one of the other languages we offer from Persian to Punjabi, or to practise skills such as translation or interpreting.

    Specialist resources

    At Leeds we have a wealth of resources to help you make the most of your studies. The department’s archives contain 500 Arabic manuscripts and 10,000 archaeological artefacts, ranging from Pharaonic to early Palestinian eras. There are also extensive library resources, and the University Library runs a full training programme to help you exploit them.

    At the other end of the spectrum, our fully equipped Language Zone features digital language labs, audio-video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Our Electronic Resource Information Centre offers specialised computing facilities for Translation Studies and we have Interpreter Training Suites, allowing you to explore your career options.

  • 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.

    In your first year you’ll improve your written and spoken French while taking intensive language modules to build your skills in Arabic. You’ll also study one of our Cornerstone modules, bringing together your two subjects. Core modules will introduce you to Arabic and Islamic history as well as French history and culture – all preparing you to spend your second year studying at a partner institution in an Arabic-speaking country.

    When you come back, you’ll have improved Arabic language skills and a deeper cultural awareness. You can build on this in your third year, taking advanced language classes and choosing from an array of optional modules on aspects of life in Francophone and Arabic-speaking societies before spending a term in France.

    You’ll be confident in both languages during your final year, with advanced language study and the choice to work on translation or interpreting. You can also choose from a wider variety of optional modules, covering topics like Arabic stylistics or African and Caribbean culture in French. You’ll also demonstrate your skills with an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice.

    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 example optional modules and the full course structure.

    Compulsory modules

    • Beginning Arabic 1 20 credits
    • Beginning Arabic 2 20 credits
    • Early and Medieval Islamic History 20 credits
    • Language Awareness and Skills 20 credits
    • Introduction to French Studies (Resistance and Desire) 20 credits
    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits

    Optional modules

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

    • Introduction to Audio-Visual Culture 20 credits
    • Language: Structure and Sound 20 credits
    • World Histories 20 credits
    • Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application 20 credits
    • Politics, Culture and Society 20 credits
    • Worlds of Literature 20 credits
    • Discourse, Culture and Identity 20 credits
    • A variety of language modules

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad 120 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Arabic Grammar and Translation 15 credits
    • Essential Skills in Practical Arabic 15 credits
    • Language in Contexts 15 credits
    • Term Abroad 30 credits

    Optional modules

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

    • Modern Middle Eastern History 15 credits
    • Contemporary Arab Media 15 credits
    • Laughter, Love and Chivalry: Society and Culture in the French Middle Ages 15 credits
    • Politics and Society in France since 1945 15 credits
    • Introduction to Professional Translation and Interpreting 20 credits
    • Linguists into Schools 15 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Skills in Arabic Language 20 credits
    • Advanced Language Skills 20 credits

    Optional modules

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

    • Authoritarianism and Democratisation in the Arab World 20 credits
    • Islam and Modernity 20 credits
    • Advanced Media Arabic: Translation Skills in Text Typology 20 credits
    • Memoires de guerre: France and the First World War 20 credits
    • The Algerian War of Independence: From the Colonial to the Post-Colonial 20 credits
    • French as a Professional Language 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Arabic and French 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

    We use a range of teaching and learning methods so you can benefit from our tutors’ expertise. These include lectures, seminars and tutorials, but you may also participate in workshops occasionally. Even so, independent study is an important part of the degree, since this allows you to develop your critical and research skills.


    Assessment takes many forms as well, including exams and essays. Some modules may also include oral presentations and group work. We offer plenty of support to help you approach assessments, including extra classes on issues such as exam technique and public speaking that are available throughout your degree.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: ABB

    including A in French.

    • 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 this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      M1, M1, M1 including French

    • International Baccalaureate

      34 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in French at Higher Level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 including H2 in French

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      BB in Advanced Highers including French and AABBB in Highers, or B in French in Advanced Highers and AAABB 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: 77% 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 ABC 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: BBC at A Level including B in French and pass Access to Leeds.


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

    International Foundation Year Programme

    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.

    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: £17,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    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% in 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 in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    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 Arabic and French will open many doors. It gives you advanced language skills and a deep awareness of the cultures in which each language is spoken worldwide. It also equips you with a wide range of transferable skills that are highly sought by employers.

    You’ll be an independent researcher who can think critically about the information you discover, but you’ll have teamwork skills as well. You’ll be able to present and defend your ideas clearly, both verbally and in writing, and spending time overseas will demonstrate how adaptable you are. Managing two different and demanding subjects will also give you strong organisational skills.

    Graduates have entered a wide range of careers in the UK and worldwide. Some have gone into translating or interpreting or pursued further training in these fields. However, others have succeeded in business and finance, law, the creative industries, journalism, education, publishing and the charity sector.

    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 second year studying an Arabic language course at the Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF), Morocco.

    A term of your third year will be spent in France, either studying a similarly bespoke language course or undertaking a work placement. Both periods abroad are fantastic opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture and gain valuable experience to inform your studies.

    Read more about Residence Abroad in Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

    Read more about French Residence Abroad