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This four-year programme aims to develop students' interest in, and knowledge of, the French and francophone worlds past and present. This includes language, film studies, literature from the medieval and early modern to the contemporary, libertinism, theory, modernism and postcolonialism.

  • You will benefit from a strong focus on spoken and written language work. Oral presentations, comprehension work and translation exercises will be features of your learning. Native speakers form an integral part of our teaching team.

  • We place emphasis on film and literature studies, with resources including a notable French section in the UCL Library. We offer modules covering all periods of French and francophone literature and thought.

  • As part of your studies, you will have access to the facilities of the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education. The French Society organises cultural and social events including theatre visits, drama productions and trips to France.

This four-year programme aims to develop students' interest in, and knowledge of, the French and francophone worlds past and present. This includes language, film studies, literature from the medieval and early modern to the contemporary, libertinism, theory, modernism and postcolonialism. You will benefit from a strong focus on spoken and written language work....

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Course Content

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Year 1

Core or compulsory module(s)

  • French Oral (compulsory unless Francophone)
  • The Making of Modern France
  • French Film
  • Reading French Texts
  • Romanticism, Realism, Modernism
  • Use of French

Optional modules

You will also choose interdepartmental SELCS modules offered by the School of European Languages, Culture & Society. Optional modules may include the study of literature, linguistics, film and history.

Year 2

Core or compulsory module(s)

  • French Oral (compulsory unless Francophone)
  • Use of French

Optional modules

You will select 90 credits from a wide range of modules. Options may include:

  • Contesting Frenchness: Francophone Literature
  • Enlightenment and Revolution: The 18th Century
  • Exploration of Self and Form: the Contemporary Period
  • France: Culture and Society
  • French Film History
  • 19th Century Literature
  • The Classical Age: 17th Century Literature
  • The Medieval Period
  • The Renaissance Period
  • SELCS interdepartmental intermediate modules

Year 3

Year abroad key information

You will spend your third year abroad in a French-speaking country.

You can participate in a university placement with one of our partner universities, undertake a work placement or British Council language assistantship abroad (subject to availability/ approval), to make the most of your cultural and linguistic immersion. The experiences and skills developed while abroad further academic and personal development, cultural and social awareness, provide a foundation for further study and enhance career prospects.

Year 4

Core or compulsory module(s)

Advanced Translation
French Essay
French Oral
Use of French

Optional modules

Options may include:

  • Advanced French Politics
  • Cultures of AIDS in France: History, Policy and Representation
  • Discourses of Equality
  • Fictions of Grief
  • Forms of Feeling in 17th Century France
  • Gender, Race and Sexuality
  • Introduction to Post-Structuralism
  • Jean-Luc Godard
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Medieval French Literature
  • Old Worlds, New Worlds, Humanism and Travel Writing
  • Reading Tintin
  • Representations of the Algerian War
  • Screen Cities: Representing the Margins of Paris 1830-2005
  • Swiss Cinema
  • The Haitian Novel, 1944-2004
  • The 'Libertine' from Charles Sorel to Laclos
  • SELCS interdepartmental advanced modules

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year. Year 1 Core or compulsory module(s) French Oral (compulsory unless Francophone) The Making of Modern France French Film Reading French Texts Romanticism, Realism, Modernism Use of...

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Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades

AAB

Subjects

French required at grade A.

GCSEs

English Language at grade B or 6, plus Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

Contextual offer

Grades

ABB (more about contextual offers)

Subjects

French required at grade A.

IB Diploma

Points

36

Subjects

A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects including French grade 6, with no score lower than 5.

Contextual offer

Points

34 (more about contextual offers)

Subjects

A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5, to include French grade 6.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

A Levels Grades AAB Subjects French required at grade A. GCSEs English Language at grade B or 6, plus Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is...

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Assessment Methods

Most modules are examined either by end-of-year examination papers or by assessed essay work completed during the year. You will also undertake oral examinations in French.

Most modules are examined either by end-of-year examination papers or by assessed essay work completed during the year. You will also undertake oral examinations in French.