English and French are two of the world's major languages, and each has its own rich literary and cultural heritage. This joint honours degree offers the best of both worlds: the chance to explore literature in English while building French language skills and exploring Francophone cultures and societies.
Core modules will build your language skills and allow you to engage with poetry, prose and drama. Our English and French departments are so large and diverse that we also offer a wide range of optional modules enabling you to explore the areas of English literature and Francophone culture that interest you. You'll also spend a year abroad to gain first-hand experience of a Francophone society.
You could study children's literature, creative writing or medieval English romance, as well as French philosophy or African and Caribbean culture in French. You could also pick up practical skills such as translating or interpreting.
Leeds has excellent facilities for studying English and French language and culture. 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.
The University Library also houses extensive documents, manuscripts and early printed materials in its Special Collections, which are a valuable resource for original research.
In your first year you'll study core modules that consolidate your French language skills and allow you to explore different areas of English literature. You'll also study a Cornerstone module that connects your two subjects and build a good knowledge base to prepare you for your second year.
At this point, you'll choose key periods in English literary history to explore in-depth, as well as choosing from an array of optional modules in both English and French. You could study post-apartheid narratives, Romantic poetry, world theatre or the digital humanities, as well as French cinema or Francophone Africa.
Throughout the year, you'll be preparing to spend your third year abroad, where you'll have the chance to refine your language skills and immerse yourself in a Francophone culture.
When you return, you'll have a new perspective to bring to your studies, which will include advanced language classes and the chance to explore topics such as American or postcolonial literature. You'll also choose from an even wider selection of optional modules in both subjects and apply your critical skills to an independently researched dissertation.
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: AAB including A in English and A in French excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
A Joint Honours degree in English and French gives you expertise in a foreign language alongside a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers.
You'll have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and you'll be a critical thinker who can work independently or in a team. Your year abroad will have demonstrated that you are adaptable and resilient, and you'll be able to research and analyse complex information.
As a result, graduates have gone onto work in the creative industries, civil service, education, business and finance, publishing, journalism and the charity sector in the UK and beyond. Others have pursued language-based roles such as translating or interpreting, or pursued further 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.
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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 or 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 abroad, 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