This varied degree gives you the chance to explore economic issues in business, public life and society as a whole at the same time as gaining fluency in an important world language.
You'll build your core French language skills while choosing from an impressive range of optional modules, allowing you to explore different aspects of Francophone culture, history and politics. At the same time, you'll build a deep understanding of the issues affecting income, wealth and wellbeing worldwide.
A wide variety of topics will be open to you, from medieval French literature to political issues in the modern Francophone world, or from the economics of transport to international banking and finance. You could even work on translation or interpreting, as well as developing your mathematical and statistical skills. If you have an A-level in French, it's a great opportunity to gain a broad base of skills that are very attractive to employers.
Leeds offers great facilities for language students. Digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) are all available in our fully-equipped Language Zone. There's also an extensive lending library of foreign films and newspapers as well as other on-demand resources. Our Interpreter Training Suites also offer you the chance to explore a career in interpreting, and our Electronic Resource Information Centre houses specialised computing facilities to support translation studies.
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you'll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
In your first year you'll consolidate your written and spoken French, while core modules will introduce you to key aspects of economics such as economic theory and global history, as well as the mathematical skills you'll need. You'll also take one of our Cornerstone modules that will help you make connections between the two subjects.
In the following year, you'll build on this knowledge base with core modules in micro and macroeconomics, alongside a choice of optional modules allowing you to explore a diverse range of interests. Core language classes will prepare you for your third year, which you'll spend working or studying in a Francophone country.
When you return, you'll have a new perspective and valuable experience to inform your studies. You'll take advanced language classes to refine your skills, but you'll also choose from an even broader range of optional modules in both subjects including monetary policy and economic development.
You'll demonstrate the skills you have acquired in a dissertation, where you'll independently research a topic of your choice in French studies.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAA including A in French.
excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
GCSE: 7/A in Mathematics
A Joint Honours degree in Economics and French will provide you with plenty of career opportunities.
Fluency in a major world language is valuable in itself, and can open doors into language-specific roles as well as work overseas. Moreover, you'll have a deep understanding of economic issues, as well as transferable skills that appeal to all kinds of employers.
You'll have strong numeracy, analytical and problem-solving skills, and you'll also be a strong communicator with good research skills. You'll be able to work both independently and within a team and have excellent cultural awareness.
This variety of skills has allowed graduates to enter a wide range of careers including business and finance, the civil service, law, journalism, the media, management and education. Others have pursued careers in language-specific roles like translating or interpreting, or gone onto postgraduate study or specialised training in these fields.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
You'll spend your third year in France or another Francophone country, immersing yourself in local culture and cultivating your language skills.
We have partnerships with a number of French and Francophone universities where you could study, or you could undertake a work placement. You could even work as a language assistant in a school under the British Council's programme.
Whatever you choose to do, you'll gain a new insight into a French-speaking society as well as valuable experience of adapting to another culture. If you choose to work during your time there, you'll also return with work experience to increase your appeal to employers. For many of our students, it's the real highlight of their course.
Read more about Residence Abroad in French