French and Francophone Studies


At a glance

  • having a dedicated team to give you expert advice and support before and during your year abroad
  • joining a lively and welcoming community that will encourage you to use your language skills beyond the classroom
  • studying a subject that allows you to become immersed in another culture and gives you fluency in another language
  • taking up a new language and getting to degree standard in four years.
French Studies

What is French Studies?

As Britain's nearest neighbour and a major European power, France has always been important to this country. French is also a world language and an essential means of communication between many nations. The study of French is therefore a matter of national interest and an opening to a variety of careers.


How will I study?

Teaching is conducted in a variety of ways, involving lectures, seminars, language workshops, small oral groups and computer-aided learning. A proportion of teaching is conducted in French. 

Courses in French and Francophone studies are designed to equip you with a high level of competence in written and spoken French language. In years one, two and four, you will follow a core language curriculum which combines work on grammar with training in skills such as translation, résumé and essay writing. The course also includes regular classes in spoken French taught by native speakers of the language and, in year four, specialist professional language modules. 

Our courses are modular, which allows for maximum flexibility in the design of your degree. Alongside core modules, you will have the opportunity to choose modules in your area of interest.


Modules are assessed by coursework and/or exams. The first year is a qualifying year and does not count towards your final degree classification. Grades gained in the second and fourth year make up your degree classification, with more emphasis placed on the final year.



Our courses allow you to develop a range of professional and transferable skills, applicable on graduation to many different careers. Recent graduates have gone on to work for Deloitte, EY, Renault UK, the RAF, Europa Publications, the European Economic and Social Committee, and Emirates Airlines. In addition, graduates can go on to further study, such as MAs in Interpreting and/or Translation and MScs in Management, Business and Information Technology.

In 2015, 93% of first-degree graduates in French and Francophone studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,434 with the highest being £31,000.* 

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2014/15.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers
(The Graduate Market in 2013-2016, High Fliers Research).


Study abroad

Your third academic year is spent in France or a Francophone country doing one of the following:

  • a programme of studies in a higher education institution
  • working as an assistant in a school
  • a work placement.

For more information, see the Year Abroad page.


Options available to you may depend on the details of the Brexit settlement negotiated by the UK government. For more information, see our Year Abroad page and the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies statement on Brexit and our year abroad provision.



Application and interview

Offers are usually made without interview. Mature students and applicants with non-standard qualifications may be invited for interview.  

Open days

UCAS visit days for students offered a place are normally held from February to late March. You are welcome to visit at other times – please contact us or find dates for our open days.  
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Department of French and Francophone Studies
School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies
The University of Nottingham
University Park
NG7 2RD 
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