The French language remains one of the most spoken languages in the world. With over 220 million speakers, in a wide variety of countries, you will be advancing your knowledge in a discipline that covers not only language, but also art, literature and cinema. You will develop your skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, meaning that you have both a theoretical and practical knowledge of French.
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The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study. It will also be influenced by the level at which you are studying. At undergraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA). At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Arts (MA), or a Master of Research (MRes). Further study will award research degrees such as Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Generally, an undergraduate degree will take three to four years to complete, depending on where you choose to study. A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years to complete.
Your institution may offer part-time study options, which usually means that your degree will take four to six years. You may also be able to take a foundation programme, which is useful if you do not meet the entry requirements for your degree.
Annual tuition fees for UK students are capped by the UK government. For the 2019/20 academic year, they are £9,250. This is subject to change each year, and will be updated on your institution website.
Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.
The fees displayed below are an example of typical annual tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate French degrees. Actual tuition fees can be found on the institution webpages.
If you are presented with the opportunity to study abroad during your degree, this may incur additional fees. You should make sure that you are aware of all costs, including any fees you will be required to pay to other education institutions you may study at when abroad.
Typical Annual Tuition Fees
- Undergraduate - £9,250
- Postgraduate - £8,000
It is common for universities to offer language courses that are accessible to students with any level of language skills. It is likely that you will be placed in a group that corresponds to your skills, as well as your previous language learning experience. At undergraduate level, you will develop a good foundation level of knowledge in French, regardless of your previous experience. You might study modules on French culture, modern French language, elements of French linguistics, syntax of French language, and sound and voice. It is common for foreign language courses to offer study abroad modules or years, allowing you to experience French culture, and immerse yourself in the language, as this can accelerate and supplement traditional learning. Your degree will be delivered through lectures and tutorials, as well as incorporating practical sessions. Assessment methods could include written work, speaking tasks, listening tasks, and presentations.
A postgraduate degree, such as an MA, will build on the knowledge and skills you gained at undergraduate level. The modules you study will cover the more complex and specialist areas of subject, as well as including more advanced levels of the French language. Modules and specialisms could include translation methods, French cinema, food and French culture, and French politics throughout history. Assessment methods might include written work, listening and speaking exercises, presentations, and a final major research project.
The entry requirements for a French degree will depend on where you choose to study. They will also be influenced by the level for which you are applying. At undergraduate level, if you wish to study at an intermediate or advanced level, you will be expected to have previous experience of studying the French language. If you wish to study at beginner level, most universities do not have any formal language requirements. Some universities may prefer you to have achieved good grades in other language subjects, such as English. At postgraduate level, most universities will require that you have extensive experience of studying French, preferably to undergraduate level. This is subject to your university of choice however, so it is worth checking out the requirements for courses that you are interested in.
Typical Entry Requirements
- A Level Grades - AAA-ABB
- UCAS Points - 144-128 UCAS points
- Required/Desired Subjects - French, English, History
- Degree Requirements - 2:2 or higher
- Required/Desired Subjects - French, French Studies, Modern Foreign Languages
Graduates of French will find that there are many different career opportunities available to them. Your diverse set of skills will mean that you are able to find work in a wide range of industries. Job roles might include translator, French teacher, foreign media and publications, marketing, and advertising.