French is an important world language with a rich cultural and historical background. This joint honours degree will allow you to develop your written and spoken language skills alongside your understanding of British, European and world history.
Core modules will allow you to refine your language skills and introduce you to historiography. We also offer a fantastic variety of optional modules, giving you the chance to explore Francophone literature, politics and philosophy alongside historical topics from the fall of Rome to the 20th century.
You could take a module on Francophone Africa while studying the process of decolonisation. Or you could take a more diverse approach, trying translation or interpreting while exploring modern Japan or 20th century Africa. You'll explore two different disciplines and gain a wide range of skills.
Leeds has plenty of high-quality resources for historians and language students. The world-class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a full training programme to help you make the most of them.
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 optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
You'll spend your first year taking core modules that introduce you to historical research methods and historiography, as well as building your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in French. You'll also choose one of our Cornerstone modules to help bring your two subjects together.
From this foundation, you can begin to explore your interests more deeply the following year - you'll choose from modules on topics such as politics and society in post-war France, African and Caribbean culture in French and history topics from the Crusades to black politics and the Meiji Restoration in Japan. However, you'll also continue to develop your language skills as you prepare to spend your third year in a Francophone country.
When you return to Leeds, you'll have a new appreciation of a different culture as well as improved language skills. You'll hone these in advanced language classes and benefit from optional modules including translation studies and interpreting. In history, you'll be able to focus on a specific topic in depth when you select a special subject from a range that reflects the diverse research interests of the School of History.
An independently researched dissertation or long essay will then give you the chance to demonstrate the cultural, critical and research skills you've gained throughout your degree.
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 French and A in History excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
A Joint Honours degree in French and History gives you fluency in a major world language and an in-depth knowledge of British, European and world history. It will also equip you with important transferable skills that employers actively seek.
You'll be a strong communicator, who can think critically about information from a range of sources and then draw your own conclusions. You'll be confident working independently or in a team and have good organisational and time management skills. Spending a year abroad will demonstrate that you are self-reliant and adaptable. In addition, studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to become intellectually versatile as you switch between different disciplines.
Graduates have gone into careers in diverse industries, within the UK and elsewhere. These include charity work, journalism, law, publishing, education, the creative industries, business and finance. Others have used their language skills in roles such as translating or interpreting, or pursued further training in these areas.
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 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 help you stand out to employers. For many of our students, it's the real highlight of their course.
Read more about Residence Abroad in French