University of Leicester

Degree level: Undergraduate

French and English

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Course summary

Gain in-depth knowledge of the French language and Francophone cultures throughout the world, at the same time as you continue to develop your knowledge of English literature and language studies. Our French and English BA is a joint honours degree designed for students who wish to explore both French and English, with the course divided equally between both subjects. You will study English literature, language and critical theory while discovering and developing understanding of the social, political and cultural forces that have shaped contemporary France and the Francophone world. Leicester is one of the top ten places in the UK to study Modern Languages (The Guardian University Guide 2020) and we rank high for student satisfaction in the annual National Student Survey. You can study French at either Beginner- or Advanced-level. If you have already taken an A-level in French you would start at Advanced level. If you have an A-level in another foreign language then you can begin studying French at Beginner level. Throughout the course you will develop your writing skills in French through the production of short pieces of creative writing and other activities such as online language learning and the use of materials taken from French television and radio, with oral teaching conducted in small groups, mostly by native speakers. Developing your foreign language skills gives you a powerful advantage in business and opens up a wide and exciting range of careers. You will be able to immerse yourself in a rich culture of learning-led experience in a supportive and tailored learning environment, and you will be supported by our team of personal tutors to help you make the best of your time here. As part of the degree you will study abroad for a year, where you can live as a student or work as a teaching assistant, with tutors on hand to help throughout the year. We have links with several universities in Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Canada. Alternatively, you can take up an approved work placement in a French-speaking country. In addition, at the end of your first year, you will be able to spend three weeks in one of our fully-funded summer schools so that you can immerse yourself in the language and culture that you are studying. Here at the University of Leicester we offer a rich and diverse learning experience, with great facilities, knowledgeable staff who are experts in their fields, and a unique chance to study abroad and build your international communication skills. Developing your foreign language skills opens up a wide and exciting range of careers and gives you a powerful advantage in business.

Course details


In first year, you will divide your time equally between French and English throughout your degree. You can study French at either Advanced or Beginner Level. You will also be able to choose from a range of option modules which explore different aspects of French politics, culture and literature. In English you will study the development of a major genre (the novel), explore the history of the English Language, and hone your close-reading skills in poetry and prose. An additional feature of the degree is the Summer School during the summer vacation at the end of the first year, consisting of a three-week course in the country of your chosen language. The Summer School is fully funded by the University. In second year, you continue to build your English and French skills and further your knowledge in a wide variety of cultural, linguistic and literary topics. In year three, you will have the chance to spend a year abroad. It will give you the chance to study or work in one or two countries related to your course. Alternatively, you can apply to spend a year working as a British Council language-teaching assistant or on some other work placement of your choice, subject to approval. It is even possible to split the year between study abroad and work placement, giving you the best of both worlds. However, it is possible, in exceptional cases, to complete this degree in three years, without a year abroad. Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester; please see our website for further details. In final year, you will continue to build on your French written and spoken skills, with advanced language tuition and a choice of options in French and Francophone Studies. These may include courses in film, popular culture, contemporary literature, historical and social issues, or specialist aspects of language, helping you to hone your studies on one area that most interests you. For further details, please see the course page on the University website.

Assessment method

You will be assessed throughout each year by a combination of continuous assessment, seminar presentations, essays, and formal exams at the end of each semester. While final year work is most heavily weighted in determining the degree class, your achievements during your second year and your year abroad are also taken into account.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
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