French and English BA

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

January 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 24,081

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
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 2021) 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 attend 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.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: AAB-ABB including English (Language, Literature or combined) and French. Two AS-levels may be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies is accepted
  • EPQ with A-levels: ABB-BBB at A-level 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 D*DD. 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.
  • Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

  • 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.

Year 1

You will study:

  • Either French Language (Advanced)
  • French Language (Beginners) 1 and 2

You will also study these two modules:

  • The Novel Around the World
  • Introduction to French Studies

Then you will choose:

  • Either Renaissance Drama: Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
  • Feminist Fiction and Historical Fiction

Then you will choose one module from:

  • 20th Century French Literature
  • Introduction to Francophonie
  • At the end of Year 1, you will attend the Modern Languages Summer School.

Year 2

  • You will study
  • Either French Language (Post-Advanced)
  • French Language (Post-Beginners)

You will also study these three modules:

  • Love Wars: Gender, Writing and Society, 1660-1789 A
  • Concepts in Criticism A
  • Renaissance Literature B

Then you will choose two modules from:

  • Introduction to French Linguistics
  • Challenging Perspectives: Conflict and Relations in French Culture
  • Media and Cultural Practices in France
  • French Urban Space: From City of Lights to the Banlieue
  • Languages in the Classroom (advanced students only)

Year Abroad

  • 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.

Final Year

You will study:

  • French Language (Proficiency)
  • You will also study:
  • Either Dissertation

you will choose two modules from the following:

  • Victorians: from Oliver Twist to The Picture of Dorian Gray A
  • Romanticism: Revolutionary Writing from Blake to Shelley
  • Coming of Age in America: Representing Adolescence in Fiction and Film
  • The Forms of Modern Poetry
  • Love and Death: The Novel in 19th Century Russia and France
  • Feminist Fiction
  • Writing Voices
  • Criminal Women in Early Modern Literature
  • Love and Sex in Old English Literature
  • Classical Worlds: Translation and Reception
  • Detective Fiction from Sherlock Holmes to the Second World War
  • Writing Prose Fiction
  • The Living and the Dead in Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture
  • Life and Fate: Russian Literature from Pushkin to Grossman
  • Shakespeare, Sex, and Gender
  • You will also study:
  • Either Rewriting Britain

you will choose two modules from the following:

  • Modern Literature
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Autobiography and American Literature
  • Literatures of Protest: Reading and Political Action
  • Modern Monsters: The Other in Contemporary American Texts
  • War, Trauma and the Novel
  • Late Victorian Gothic: Texts and Contexts
  • Representing the Holocaust
  • The Thatcher Factor: The 1980s in Literature
  • Jane Austen: The Novels, their Contexts and their Adaptations
  • Modern European Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Tragedy
  • Clinical Encounters? Narratives of Doctors and Patients from the Victorians to the Present Day
    Green Unpleasant Land: Britain’s Colonial Countryside
  • Writing for Laughs
  • Reading and Writing Climate Change Fiction
  • Sex and Sensibility: Women, Writing, Revolution
  • 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
  • Gender and Power in Contemporary France
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 1
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 2
  • Extended Essay
  • UK and EU Students 
  • Starting in 2021 
  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. 
  • Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years 
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year 
  • If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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