At a glance
- Study as a complete beginner, or from GCSE, and reach degree standard by the end of your course
- Immerse yourself in the life-changing opportunities of a year abroad, supported by our specialist team
- 97% of our research was classed as being of international quality in terms of ‘originality, significance and rigour’*
* Research Excellence Framework, 2014
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 2016, 94.2% of undergraduates in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,336 with the highest being £31,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
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.
Application and interview
Offers are usually made without interview. Mature students and applicants with non-standard qualifications may be invited for interview.
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