French at Leeds allows you to become fluent in a major world language while gaining an insight into the literature, cinema, history and politics of the Francophone world. Core modules will develop your language skills and introduce you to key aspects of Francophone culture. You'll then choose from an impressive range of optional modules on topics as diverse as medieval romances, the French Revolution, postcolonial cinema and Francophone Africa.
From globalisation to crime, drug policy, disability studies and ethnicity, Social Policy allows you to explore how social, historical, cultural and political influences have shaped welfare and the welfare state. You'll combine core modules introducing you to key issues in contemporary welfare such as social division and welfare dependency with a wide range of optional modules, offering you the chance to focus on your own interests.
The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections- valuable assets for your independent research. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.
If you're choosing to study a language as part of your Joint Honours degree, our fully equipped Language Centre, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). We also have our Electronic Resource Information Centre, which features specialised computing facilities for translation studies, and Interpreter Training Suites offering you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.
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 study one of our Cornerstone modules in Year 1 to draw your two subjects together, and apply your knowledge and skills to a major research project in either subject in your final year.
You'll improve your language skills in your first year and be introduced to French culture and history. In the following year you'll develop this knowledge with further core language study and choose from a range of optional modules, before you spend your time abroad working or studying in a Francophone country. When you return, you'll refine your skills with advanced language classes and choose from further options on aspects of Francophone culture, history and the French language in professional contexts.
Core modules in your first year will give you an understanding of the social, political, economic and cultural influences that have shaped the welfare state since the 1940s, as well as some of the key debates surrounding welfare today. In the following year, you'll continue to study some of the major issues in social policy, as well as choosing from optional modules on topics such as urban disorders, crime and the law. In your final year you'll also shape your studies to suit your interests through a wider range of optional modules.
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.
GCSE: grade C or above in Mathematics.
Studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of two subjects, including proficiency in a major world language. As well as demonstrating that you're intellectually versatile, your degree will equip you with a wide range of skills across different disciplines that employers actively seek.
You'll have good research skills, and you'll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. You'll then be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, you'll have strong research and organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team. You will also have a strong understanding of cultural diversity, allowing you to work effectively with people whose backgrounds differ from yours.
All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and graduates have pursued careers across the globe that reflect the diversity of their degrees. They've gone on to be successful in education, the media, law, publishing, the civil service, business and finance and the charity sector to name a few. Many others have also pursued postgraduate study, including further training in language-based careers such as translating and interpreting.
To find out more about graduate destinations in your subjects, please see the relevant Single Honours pages.
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 universities in France and Canada where you can decide to study the equivalent of your course alongside French students or take an intensive language course for learners of French. Alternatively, you can apply for a work placement with one of our partner companies in France, or set up your own placement. You can also 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