This degree allows you to become fluent in a major world language while gaining a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts and principles. If you have an A level in French, it's a chance to combine two very different subjects to build a broad base of skills.
Core modules will develop your language skills and introduce you to algebra, modelling, calculus, vectors and other key areas of mathematical studies. But you'll also be able to choose from optional modules covering the full range of Francophone culture and mathematical topics and you'll even spend a year in a Francophone country.
You could combine geometry with French poetry or antiracism movements in post-war France with statistics. This Joint Honours programme represents a fantastic opportunity to develop linguistic ability, cultural awareness, analysis and numerical skills in a demanding and multi-faceted degree.
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 Centre. 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 specialist 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.
Core modules in your first year will consolidate your French language skills and introduce you to mathematical concepts such as calculus, linear algebra and modelling. Once you have developed that solid foundation, you'll spend the following year improving your spoken and written French and choosing from a range of optional modules, covering mathematical topics from logic to fluid dynamics and various aspects of Francophone history, culture and politics.
With your enhanced language skills, you'll be well placed to spend your third year in France or another Francophone country, working or studying while immersing yourself in another culture.
Then when you return to Leeds, you'll refine your spoken and written French in advanced language classes while benefiting from an even more impressive selection of optional modules in both subjects. You could gain a sophisticated understanding of topics as broad as translation, interpreting, gender and sexuality in French cinema, special relativity or Bayesian statistics to name a few.
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Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in Mathematics and A in French
Fluency in a world language can be the key to a range of language-based roles, as well as working overseas. A Joint Honours degree in French and Mathematics combines that potential with transferable skills from two disciplines that will make you very attractive to employers.
You'll be a clear and effective communicator, with strong research skills and cultural awareness. You'll also have analytical and problem-solving skills and be comfortable working in a team. Spending time abroad will demonstrate that you are independent and adaptable, and you'll have organisational skills from managing two subjects.
Graduates have gone on to succeed in a wide range of careers within and beyond the UK. They include business and finance, accountancy, computing, education, charity work, the media and the civil service. Others have gone into language-based roles in areas like translation or interpreting, or pursued 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.
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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 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 undertake a work placement with one of our partner French speaking companies, 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