Adding a language to your degree will give you the competitive edge to pursue jobs in the global arena. Doing this combined degree means you can immerse yourself in the French language and culture while gaining skills in your choice of subject, such as English literature, film or journalism.
On the course you will gain an in depth understanding of the linguistic structures of the French language, as well as awareness of more general linguistic features such as register, syntax, nuances of meaning and pragmatics.
You'll also explore the socio-cultural developments in France and the Francophone world which have shaped these societies in the modern period. You will look at films, literature and other audio-visual material with the aim of placing the societies within the wider context of a historical cultural tradition and identifying the characteristics which make those traditions distinctive.
You can join the course as a complete beginner or with A Level French (or equivalent), either way, by the end of the course you will have acquired a high degree of proficiency and fluency in French and be able to understand and express yourself in a range of social and professional contexts, drawing on and deploying a broad range of language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).
Whilst on campus you will work from one of our state-of-the-art language labs which are specifically designed to help you excel in your studies. Your third year will be spent exploring the Francophone world for yourself by studying or working in a French-speaking country. You can choose to register for an approved course at one of our universities or undertake a work placement or teaching assistantship.
Your first year will combine intensive language modules with an introductory module on French (and the French-speaking world) history, culture and society. These will provide you with a solid foundation for your remaining three years of French study, leading to proficiency in spoken and written French, and to a sound knowledge of French in the modern world.
In your second year, language studies continues to form the main component of the programme, but you will also be able to choose from a variety of modules. Modules our students can currently study include European Cinema and Image, Text and Context to Translating and Interpreting. The aim of the compulsory and optional modules is to prepare you fully for your year abroad.
You will spend your third year abroad, either on an exchange programme at one of our partner universities, as an English-language assistant in a school or college, or on a work placement in a French-speaking country.
In your forth year you will continue to hone your accuracy and fluency in French as well consolidating and refining your oral and written skills. Recent examples of other modules currently include Media Translation, Interpreting, Transcultural Studies Project, or a work placement in which you use your language skills in a business or community context.