Major in French Studies (Advanced)

BA, 4 years

This is for you would like to learn about French language and culture from an advanced level and combine these studies with another subject.

Course Description

If you choose French Studies (Advanced) as your Major, you will study a rich and varied programme developing both your language skills and your knowledge of French culture. By the end of your degree you will have acquired the level of proficiency needed to use the language professionally, as well as a thorough knowledge of French politics, history, film and literature.

If you do not have an A-level in French you might be interested in the Major in French Studies (Beginners) instead.

Key Facts
Typical offer
UCAS code
Start date
September 2017
Modern Languages

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Why Leicester?

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.

Languages at Leicester is an in-house, extracurricular scheme teaching a wide range of languages at different levels including Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Latin, Russian and Arabic.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year you will take French language classes, and study a range of cultural studies modules which examine French and Francophone cultures and literatures. In your language modules, you will develop written skills through the production of short pieces of creative writing and other activities, including the use of online language learning and materials taken from the media. Oral classes are conducted in small groups.


At the end of the first year you will attend a three-week Summer School in Montpellier, France, which is fully-funded by the University. This fully immersive experience includes language tuition, cultural and social activities, and accommodation with a local family.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second year you will continue to develop your language skills in the four key areas of listening, reading, writing, and speaking. You will also choose from a range of modules on a variety of cultural, linguistic, and literary topics.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3

The Year Abroad is a fundamental element of our Modern Languages degrees, during which time you will study or work in the country 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 circumstances, 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. You will be expected to produce a photographic essay of your time abroad.

Modern Languages at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you attend one of these, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. In addition, if you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities:



We also have links with some universities outside Europe. There is no monthly grant when you attend one of these universities, however 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:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 4

Year 4

In your final year you will continue to develop your language skills with advanced tuition to help you build on your written and spoken skills. You will also select modules from a choice of options in areas such as film, popular culture, contemporary literature, historical and social issues, and specialist aspects of the language.

By the end of the final year, you will have reached a level of French that will allow you to use it professionally (C1 and above of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)).

Core modules

Option modules

Choose four option modules from:

    You may also choose to write a dissertation in place of one of your option modules.

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Additional Information

    Summer School

    When you take one of our Modern Languages courses, you’ll get a unique opportunity 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 host families 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

    On a Major/Minor degree, you study a core area in depth (in this case French Studies - Advanced), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).


      Please note that you cannot study a Major in French Studies (Advanced) with a Minor in:

      • French Language (Beginners)
      • French Language (Advanced)
      Now choose your Minor

      Teaching and Assessment

      Language skills are taught in small groups, predominantly 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 mix of lectures and seminars, which encourage discussion and debate around prepared topics and texts. 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 academic, financial, housing, career or social.

      Entry Requirements

      • A/AS-Levels: ABB at A-Level including French. Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted.
      • EPQ with A-Levels: BBB at A-Level including French + EPQ at grade B. Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted.
      • Access to HE Diploma: Pass diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3, including some at distinction. Plus A-Level (or equivalent) in French.
      • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, including 6 in Higher Level French.
      • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM. Plus A-Level (or equivalent) in French.

      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 is not available.

      Selection Process

      Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

      Native Speakers

      If your native language is French, Italian or Spanish, and you wish to study this language at Leicester, you will normally be required, in the first year of study, to take English language modules in lieu of the foreign language modules in your native tongue. If you have native speaker fluency in both English and your chosen foreign language(s), you will normally be required to substitute cultural studies modules for the relevant language modules.

      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.

      International Qualifications

      Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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      Fees and Funding

      • Starting in 2017

        • £9,250 in your first year. After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations. (RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)
        • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

        Find out more about scholarships and funding.


      • Starting in 2017

        • £15,290 per year

        Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,822.50 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.

        Find out more about scholarships and funding.

      Career Opportunities

      In most cases your Year Abroad can include a year-long teaching assistantship or you could spend one or two semesters on a work placement approved by the University.

      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.

      Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
      Major in French Studies (Advanced) BA 4 years full-time R101 Apply Now
      Major in French Studies (Advanced)
      4 years full-time
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