French and Portuguese are major European languages, also spoken in diverse countries around the world. This degree gives you the chance to build on your existing French skills while learning Portuguese from scratch - and you'll develop your understanding of the cultures in which they are spoken.
Core modules will allow you to build your language skills, but you'll also choose from an array of optional modules exploring literature, cinema, history, philosophy and socio-political issues. You could study medieval French romance, African and Caribbean culture in French, Latin American cinema or Portuguese literature. You could even try another language or develop practical skills like translating.
We can offer such flexible degrees because the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is large and diverse. At time of writing more students are studying Portuguese at degree level at Leeds than any other UK university and we even have the Portuguese government's Camoes Institute on campus.
Leeds offers great facilities for students of French and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies. The most exciting resources we have are the cultural branches of the governments of Spain and Portugal - the Cervantes and Camões Institutes have branches on campus, as does the cultural arm of the Catalan autonomous government, the Ramon Llull Institute.
The institutes seek to promote language teaching and greater understanding of Spanish-speaking, Lusophone and Catalan cultures around the world. Working with our degree programmes, they host many cultural events and academic activities for our students.
In addition, our fully-equipped Language Zone hosts digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). 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 take core language modules in your first year, consolidating your French skills and developing your knowledge of Portuguese. You'll also take one of our Cornerstone modules to help you make connections between your two subjects, and have the choice of trying one of the many other languages we offer.
From that knowledge base, you'll spend most of the following year improving your skills in both languages. You'll also choose from optional modules covering the cultural, political and historical contexts of Francophone and Lusophone societies - Caribbean culture in French, Portuguese literature, modern Latin American history and Lusophone cinema are just some of the topics you could explore.
All of this will prepare you for your residence abroad - you'll spend a term in Year 2 and the whole of the following year in a Francophone and a Lusophone country in order to gain first-hand experience of life in another culture.
When you return to Leeds, you'll take advanced language classes in your final year and choose from an even wider range of optional modules, including skills like translating and interpreting. You'll also apply the skills you've gained to an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice.
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: ABB including A in French.
A Joint Honours degree in French and Portuguese allows you to communicate with people in a number of major global economies. In itself, that will open doors to a wide range of career paths.
You'll also have valuable transferable skills that appeal to employers, such as presentation, critical, research and analytical skills. You'll also be confident working independently or in a team, and spending time abroad will show that you are adaptable and resilient. Because you've juggled two subjects, you'll have good organisational skills.
Graduates have succeeded in a range of careers. They've gone into the creative industries, business and finance, education, journalism, law, publishing and the charity sector. Others have pursued language-based roles in translating or interpreting, or progressed to 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 a term of Year 2 and the whole of the following year in Francophone and Lusophone countries. It's the perfect opportunity to surround yourself with another culture while sharpening and refining your language skills every day. For many of our students, it's the highlight of their degree.
You'll spend a year in one country and a term in the other, but it's up to you where you spend the longer period. On your term abroad you can complete a work placement or study at a partner university. In the year-long residence, you can also decide to teach English. Whatever you decide, you'll gain a new perspective and valuable work experience.
Read more about French Residence Abroad
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