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  • Overview

    English and French are two of the world’s major languages, and each has its own rich literary and cultural heritage. This joint honours degree offers the best of both worlds: the chance to explore literature in English while building French language skills and exploring Francophone cultures and societies.

    Core modules will build your language skills and allow you to engage with poetry, prose and drama. Our English and French departments are so large and diverse that we also offer a wide range of optional modules enabling you to explore the areas of English literature and Francophone culture that interest you. You’ll also spend a year abroad to gain first-hand experience of a Francophone society.

    You could study children’s literature, creative writing or medieval English romance, as well as French philosophy or African and Caribbean culture in French. You could also pick up practical skills such as translating or interpreting.

    Specialist facilities

    Leeds has excellent facilities for studying English and French language and culture. 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.

    The University Library also houses extensive documents, manuscripts and early printed materials in its Special Collections, which are a valuable resource for original research.

  • Course content

    In your first year you’ll study core modules that consolidate your French language skills and allow you to explore different areas of English literature. You’ll also study a Cornerstone module that connects your two subjects and build a good knowledge base to prepare you for your second year.

    At this point, you’ll choose key periods in English literary history to explore in-depth, as well as choosing from an array of optional modules in both English and French. You could study post-apartheid narratives, Romantic poetry, world theatre or the digital humanities, as well as French cinema or Francophone Africa.

    Throughout the year, you’ll be preparing to spend your third year abroad, where you’ll have the chance to refine your language skills and immerse yourself in a Francophone culture.

    When you return, you’ll have a new perspective to bring to your studies, which will include advanced language classes and the chance to explore topics such as American or postcolonial literature. You’ll also choose from an even wider selection of optional modules in both subjects and apply your critical skills to an independently researched dissertation.

    Course structure

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

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Studying and Researching English 5 credits
    • Language Awareness and Skills 20 credits
    • Introduction to French Studies (Resistance and Desire) 20 credits
    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits
    • Worlds of Literature 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Writing Critically 20 credits
    • Prose: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits
    • Poetry: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits
    • Drama: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits
    • Introduction to Skills in French Translation 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Language in Contexts 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Medieval Literature 20 credits
    • Eighteenth Century Literature 20 credits
    • Literature of the Romantic Period 20 credits
    • Laughter, Love and Chivalry: Society and Culture in the French Middle Ages 20 credits
    • The Age of Extremes: Culture, Crisis and Commitment between the Wars 20 credits
    • The French Language Today 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad 120 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Language Skills 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Modern Literature 20 credits
    • Shakespeare 20 credits
    • French Popular Culture 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read English 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 different learning and teaching styles to help you benefit from the expertise of our tutors. 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, in line with the emphasis that 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 make the most of them.


    The most common forms of assessment we use are exams and essays, but group work or oral presentations may also be included as assessed components of some modules. We do offer plenty of support for these, including extra classes on issues such as exam technique, public speaking and structuring essays. This support is available throughout your time at Leeds.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB including A in English and A in French excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

    • 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

      D3, M1, M1 including D3 in English and M1 in French.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in English at Higher Level and 6 in French at Higher Level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in English and H2 in French

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AB in Advanced Highers including A in English and B in French 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 English and 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 AAC at A Level including A in English and A in French (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) 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 English and French (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) 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.

    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 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 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 English and French gives you expertise in a foreign language alongside a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers.

    You’ll have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and you’ll be a critical thinker who can work independently or in a team. Your year abroad will have demonstrated that you are adaptable and resilient, and you’ll be able to research and analyse complex information.

    As a result, graduates have gone onto work in the creative industries, civil service, education, business and finance, publishing, journalism and the charity sector in the UK and beyond. Others have pursued language-based roles such as translating or interpreting, or pursued further training in these fields.

    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 French or Francophone universities 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 abroad, 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