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Bachelor's Degree in French

University of Southampton
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2022

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in French

This degree in French, including a year abroad, will give you complete proficiency in a major international language. You’ll also gain a deep understanding of the cultures, histories and structures of French-speaking nations worldwide.

What you learn will open up a world of career opportunities. French is native to France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and the French Caribbean, and it’s an official language in much of Africa and Asia.

You’ll start at a level that matches your ability in French. You’ll also have excellent resources to support you. The Centre for Language Study at Southampton’s Avenue Campus is equipped with everything you need.

As well as studying French, you can choose from a range of subjects in Linguistics and modules such as Urban Culture, Ethnography and Film.

A special module in year 2 will make sure you’re ready for the following year abroad, including your academic work. This part of your course is the perfect opportunity to strengthen your linguistic skills and raise your cultural awareness.

We have partner universities in the Erasmus programme throughout France and in Switzerland.

Your final year also offers a wide range of module choices. This means you can specialise in an area that suits your interests and combines well with what you’ve studied so far.

Admission requirements


ABB including French

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in French


  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus B in A level French
  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus B in A level French
  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB in A level French and one further A level

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Academic Skills for ML students
  • French Language Stage 4
  • Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité
  • The Making of Modern French

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Applications of Linguistics
  • Elements of Linguistics - Sound, Structure and Meaning
  • Reading Culture
  • Reading the City
  • Spanish Accelerated Language stages 1-2
  • Spanish Language Stage 4
  • Spanish Language Stages 3/4 (Accelerated)

Year 2

  • French Language Stage 5
  • Managing Research and Learning

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Conflicts, Crisis and Identities in the Francophone Context
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Exploring French Linguistics
  • Globalisation: Culture, Language and The Nation State
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Immigration, Race and Ethnicity in France
  • Language, Ideologies and Attitudes
  • Learning about Culture: Introduction to Ethnography
  • Multilingualism
  • Post-War French Thought
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Sound and Voice
  • Syntax: Studying Language Structure
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • The EU and European Identity
  • Variation and Change in English

Year 3

  • Year Abroad Research Project YARP

Year 4

  • French Language Stage 7
  • Seeing and being seen: Study Abroad re-entry

You must also choose from the following modules in year 4:

  • An ambivalent asylum: the histories and memories of refugees in early twentieth-century France
  • Audiovisual Translation
  • English as a Global Language
  • Fragmented France: Cultures and Identities in Transition
  • French Sociolinguistics: Challenges to Francophonie
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Language Teaching Theory and Practice
  • Language Testing and Assessment in Society
  • Language and the City
  • Modern Languages Dissertation
  • Public Service Interpreting
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sex, Gender and Desire in French Literature and Culture
  • Sociophonetic Project Module
  • Translation: Theory and Practice
  • Writing in a Second Language

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £19,300


  • Final award: Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons))
  • Name of award: French
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Career paths

Graduates with French degrees have gone on to careers including:

  • translation
  • interpreting
  • teaching
  • marketing
  • publishing
  • international development
  • advertising, film and television

Many of our graduates go on to further study. Subjects taken include interpreting and translating, law, accountancy, management and international relations.

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