French and English
BA, 4 years
This is for you if... you wish to study French and explore Francophone cultures as well as to continue developing an in-depth knowledge of English language and literature.
The 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.
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You can study French at either Beginners 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 Beginners 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.
A fully-funded Summer School abroad at the end of your first year lets you immerse yourself in a different culture and language, building your confidence in your language skills.
Our small group teaching means you will have a greater opportunity to participate in debates and receive more personal feedback on your progress.
Our Modern Languages Society organises academic and social events including film screenings, nights out, guest speakers, language-themed nights, sports events and a weekend in Paris.
Literary Leicester, our annual festival of local and international talent, has attracted such notable authors as Sue Townsend, Carol Anne Duffy, Will Self, Amitav Ghosh, Jacqueline Wilson and Sarah Waters.
You will study:
- Either Modern French Language (Advanced)
- Or French Language (Beginners) 1 + 2
You will also study these three modules:
- A Literary Genre: The Novel
- Variation and Change in the English Language
- Introduction to French Studies
Then you will choose one module from:
- Textual Analysis
- 20th Century French
- Introduction to Francophonie
- Language and Society
- The Making of the Modern European World
You will study
- Either Second Year Modern French Language (Post-Advanced) 3/4
- Or French Language Post-Beginners Year 2
You will also study these three modules:
- Satire To Sensibility: Literature 1660-1789
- Concepts in Criticism
- Renaissance Literature
You will attend the Modern Languages Summer School.
Then you will choose two modules from:
- Introduction to French Linguistics
- Challenging Perspectives: Conflict and Relations in French Culture
- Bande Dessinee
- Media and Cultural Practices in France
- French Urban Space
- History and Memory in French Literature
- The Latin World: Ancient, Medieval and Modern
- Nations and Narrations
- Languages in the Classroom
The Year Abroad is a fundamental element of our joint degrees, giving 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.
Studying abroad is central to what makes our graduates stand out. You will acquire life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. You will have the chance to perfect your spoken and written language and engage with new societies, whist all the time building your independence and becoming more employable. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.
Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.
Modern Languages at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them.
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We have links with the following universities:
- Université de Franche-Comte, Besançon
- Université D'Avignon et des pays de Vaucluse, Avignon
- Université du Maine, Le Mans
- Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Lyon
- Université de Paris Diderot - Paris 7, Paris
- Université de Pau et des Pays De L'Adour, Pau
- Université Bordeaux Montaigne, Bordeaux
- Université de Liege, Liege
- Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
- Université Libre de Bruxelles
We also have links with some universities outside Europe and the EU. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:
- Université de Genève, Geneva
You will study these two modules:
- Final Year French Language
- Post-War to Postmodern: Literature 1945-Present Day
You will also study:
- Either Romantics to Victorians: Literature 1789-1870 and one other English module from an extensive list
- Or Dissertation in English
You will also study:
- Either Victorians to Modern: Literature 1789-1870
- Or one other English module from the same list
Finally you will choose two modules from:
- Bilingual Writing and Self-Translation: Literature in a Cross-Cultural Perspective
- Immigration and Ethnicity in Colonial and Post-Colonial France
- Norms and Margins in French Cinema
- Interpreting French
- Narratives of the Self in Literature and Film
- Gender and Power in Contemporary France
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 1
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 2
- Extended Essay
Fully-funded Summer School
When you take one of our Modern Languages courses, you’ll spend to spend three weeks in one of our fully-funded summer schools during the summer vacation at the end of your first year, which is an integral part of your degree.
When you study in Montpellier (France), you will live with selected local families and hosts and enjoy language tuition in small groups each morning. In the afternoons, and some evenings and weekends, you’ll take part in cultural and social activities for a complete immersion in the heart of the society, country and region you are visiting.
The benefits you’ll gain are invaluable - you’ll build your confidence in your chosen spoken and written language, gain crucial transferable skills (on completion of the summer school you will receive a HEAR certificate), discover new cultures, and build life-long friendships.
Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).
Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.Find out more
Teaching and Assessment
French language skills are taught in small groups, mostly by native speakers. Our courses stress the importance of communicative ability as well as linguistic accuracy, and oral skills are highly valued.
Cultural studies modules are taught through a mixture of lectures and seminars, which encourage discussion and debate around prepared topics and texts.
Your teaching for English modules makes use of traditional methods and the latest technology to offer you a variety of learning experiences. Lectures, given by subject specialists, are designed to introduce you to important debates and contexts for understanding an author’s work. Weekly seminars, in which a tutor leads a small group of students in discussion, will allow you to explore a text or topic in depth.
The use of online tutorials and exercises on Blackboard, the University’s virtual learning environment, allows us to include interactive training in our courses and to facilitate learning in specific areas such as essay writing and grammatical terminology.
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.
You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.
When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.
Typical workload hours for Modern Lanuages courses in 2016/17:
Year 1: 18% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
- Independent learning: 984 hours
Year 2: 16% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
- Independent learning: 1008 hours
Year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.
Final year: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
- Independent learning: 1032 hours
While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.
Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:
- study and exam skills
- academic writing
- numerical data skills
- referencing sources
Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.
- A/AS-levels: ABB including English (Language, Literature or combined) and French. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies is accepted.
- EPQ with A-levels: BBB including English (Language, Literature or combined) and French + EPQ at grade B.
- Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. To include 12 credits at Distinction in English Level 3 Modules. Plus grade B at A-level (or equivalent) in French.
- International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, including 6 in Higher Level English and French.
- BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM. Plus grade B at A-level English (Language, Literature or combined) and A-level (or equivalent) French.
You can study French at Beginner level if you have an A-level (or equivalent) in any foreign language.
Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.
Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.
When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.
English Language Requirements
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
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Fees and Funding
Starting in 2018
- £9,250 in your first year. After 2018/19, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations.
- Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.
Find out more about scholarships and funding.
Starting in 2018
- £15,980 per year
- Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,995 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.
We organise annual employability workshops to help you realise your career ambitions and consider what progress you should be making towards employment at each stage of your degree.
Our annual Careers Week includes seminars exploring diverse career paths. Speakers have come from European embassies and the EU.
Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.
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