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French and Linguistics BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    Linguistics is the study of how language works – how it is structured, used and understood. This degree allows you to build your understanding of the ways in which humans communicate and combine it with skills in a major world language.

    If you have an A-level in French, you’ll be able to build your language skills through core modules, and you’ll also be introduced to the main principles of linguistics. But because our School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is so large and diverse, we can offer flexible degrees with a wide range of optional modules so you can follow the topics that interest you.

    You could study topics such as language acquisition, discourse analysis, or phonetics – the study of how speech is physically produced – alongside linguistic variation in Francophone countries, translation or interpreting. You could take an even broader approach and explore aspects of Francophone culture, from medieval French literature to contemporary French political issues.

    Specialist facilities

    Leeds has some fantastic resources for the study of linguistics, phonetics and languages. We have a recording studio and fully-equipped phonetics lab for acoustic and articulatory speech analysis, as well as a linguistics lab including eye-tracking equipment and other resources to help with experimental research. We encourage all of our students to make use of these facilities for module projects or dissertations, giving you valuable experience of different types of research.

    Our fully-equipped Language Centre houses digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). There’s also an extensive lending library of foreign films and newspapers as well as other on-demand resources. Interpreter Training Suites 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 optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

    In your first year you’ll build a solid knowledge base, consolidating your language skills while learning about key theories and concepts in linguistics. You’ll also study one of our Cornerstone modules, which help you bring together different aspects of your two subjects.

    Once you’ve developed this foundation, you’ll study topics like syntax and phonetics in the following year, as well as continuing to develop your spoken and written French. You’ll also be able to choose from a range of optional modules in each subject, from Francophone Africa and the Caribbean to the links between language and gender and the causes of language death. But the key element will be preparation for the following year, when you’ll work or study in a Francophone country to sharpen your language skills and immerse yourself in the local culture.

    When you return to Leeds, you’ll have even greater choice in your optional modules across the full range of research interests in both subjects at the University. You’ll also take advanced language classes to refine your spoken and written French, and you’ll apply the skills and knowledge you’ve gained to 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

    Compulsory modules

    • Language Awareness and Skills 20 credits
    • Introduction to French Studies (Resistance and Desire) 20 credits
    • Language: Meaning and Use 20 credits
    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits
    • Language: Structure and Sound 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Introduction to Skills in French Translation 20 credits
    • World Histories 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Language in Contexts 20 credits
    • Phonetics 20 credits
    • Syntax 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Aspects of French History 1789-1914 20 credits
    • Black Atlantic: African and Caribbean Culture in French 20 credits
    • The Pleasures of French Poetry 20 credits
    • Introduction to Professional Translation and Interpreting 20 credits
    • The Life Cycle of Languages 20 credits
    • Representation, Identity and Control 20 credits
    • Language and Gender 20 credits
    • Language Change 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad 120 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Language Skills 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • The Art of Romance: Love, Marriage and Gender in Medieval France 20 credits
    • Gender, Sex and Cinema in France 20 credits
    • Languages in Contact 20 credits
    • Syntactic Theory 20 credits
    • Language Acquisition 20 credits
    • How Texts Work 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read French and Linguistics 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 different teaching methods to help you benefit from the knowledge and experience of our tutors. They include lectures, tutorials and seminars, as well as workshops in some cases. However, independent study is also a vital element of the degree, since it allows you to build valuable skills in independent research and analysis.


    A variety of assessment methods are also used, which will usually include exams and essays. Some modules will also include oral presentations or group work as assessed components. You’ll be able to find support throughout your time at Leeds – we run extra classes on topics such as public speaking, exam technique and structuring essays.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB 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

      D3, M1, M1 including D3 in French.

    • International Baccalaureate

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

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

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

    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 French and Linguistics gives you a deep understanding of how humans communicate, as well as proficiency in a major world language. It will also equip you with valuable skills in different areas that are attractive to employers.

    Because linguistics crosses both the arts and sciences, you’ll have experience of qualitative and quantitative research methods, and you’ll be confident researching topics independently. You’ll also be able to analyse information from a range of sources and present and defend your views. Because you’ve juggled two different subjects you’ll have good organisational skills, and you’ll be able to work within a team.

    Graduates have gone on to succeed in a variety of careers including journalism, law, advertising and marketing, education, publishing and the civil service. Others have pursued further training or postgraduate study in translation or interpreting or speech and language therapy.

    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