Expand your horizons and achieve fluency in French by immersing yourself in the history and cultures of the French-speaking world.
Join our friendly and dynamic Department of Modern Languages and European Studies, which offers the opportunity to study in a lively, multilingual community with staff and students from all over the world. We offer a flexible and supportive approach to learning which allows you to tailor your degree to your interests, including the opportunity to learn other languages.
Through this course you will become confident and highly skilled in written and spoken French. You will master the fundamental elements of the language, to the point where you will graduate with a near-native command of it. We’re proud of our small language classes, led by native speakers. Direct access to expert staff for help and feedback ensures you develop your language skills to the best of your ability.
A wide range of optional modules in French and francophone culture, history, literature, theatre, politics and film enhance your learning, and provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the country. You will have the opportunity to study with staff who are internationally-recognised experts in French-speaking literature, history and culture; including the literature of the French Caribbean; French children’s literature and publishing; 20th century French history; Medieval literature, history and art, as well as translation and adaptation studies.
You will also be able to explore a specific topic beyond the language you're learning through comparative modules. If you really enjoy French cinema, for example, then you can opt to take modules in European and World cinema and gain an even broader knowledge of the medium.
An integral part of the course is the opportunity for you to spend up to a year in a French-speaking country, either studying at a university, working on a placement, or as a British Council language assistant in a school. It enables you to directly immerse yourself in the culture and develop your language to a near-native level. The core language module in the second year will prepare you for your time abroad, equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to work and live in a different culture.
We provide accelerated learning in French, meaning that you can start from beginner's level if you have not done French A level. Regardless of which level you join the course at, you can expect to become confident and highly skilled in written and spoken French by the final year. Please check the entry requirements for more details on entry points.