- The course includes a fully accredited, compulsory year abroad in a French-speaking country, and if you are eligible for a full-year Erasmus grant, you may be exempted from tuition fees for that year.
- An annual award of £250 is made to the best dissertations/research projects written in the final year.
- Students have access to the University's multimedia Languages Centre.
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.
Language study continues to form the main component of the programme, but you will also be able to choose from a variety of modules. Recent examples have ranged from 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 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.
Alongside Advanced French Language you will have the chance of further optional modules. Recent examples hve included Media Translation, Interpreting, French Research Project, or a work placement in which you use your language skills in a business or community context.
From the second year, most of the teaching is conducted in French.
If you choose to study French, it would be recommended to read books such as: Michael Temple and Michael Witt's The French Cinema Book (BFI) or Adrian Battye and Marie-Anne Hintze's The French Language today (Routledge).