This course, combining Politics with degree-level study in French language and culture, is open to beginners in French as well as post-A level students. Beginners' French students follow an intensive language course designed to take them to degree level within four years, while post-A level students take language classes at an advanced level. Absolute beginners, GCSE, AS (beginners' entry), or A level students (post-A level entry) in French are warmly invited to apply.
On both routes - post-A level or beginners' - you will normally divide your time equally between French and Politics. In the Politics part of the degree all students will take core foundational modules dealing with key political issues and optional modules in areas that interest them.
If you are taking French post-A level you will receive a firm grounding in the structures of the language through the core language module. You will also take the core Introduction to French and Francophone Studies module introducing you to the study of French linguistics, literature, politics, society and film. You will also choose further optional modules focusing on literature, French history and contemporary France. If you are starting French at beginners' level, you will pursue a structured course in the language to take you from beginners' to advanced level. You will also take core modules taught in English that introduce you to key areas of interest in the field of French Studies.
In politics, you will take modules in contemporary political theory, comparative politics and international relations. You will learn to compare and contrast political institutions and behaviour in liberal democracies and to apply political ideas and concepts to key social issues and issues in world politics.
On the post-A level route your French language studies will be consolidated to prepare you for the year abroad. You will also choose from a range of modules in French and Francophone literature, culture and society, history, politics, linguistics and film. On the beginners' route you will continue to work intensively on key skills in the French language in preparation for the year abroad. You will also take a core Introduction to French and Francophone Studies module.
In politics, you take a range of options from three designated 'core' areas: political theory, comparative politics and international relations.
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.
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.
Beginners' and post-A level students will take the same core language module and all students will choose from a range of optional modules. You will develop your command of French to a high level and use it in increasingly sophisticated contexts. You will also study optional modules drawn from the areas of literature, culture and society, history, politics, visual culture and linguistics. One of your options in French will be to write a dissertation.
In politics there will be free choice from a wide variety of more advanced modules, including the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your own choosing. You may opt to research and write a dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff, and/or choose options in political theory, comparative politics and international relations.
See also the School of Politics & International Relations