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Admissions Officer

Mr Joe Tilley

Email: selcs.admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3096

Fees and Funding

UK & EU Fee

£9,000 (2013/14)

Overseas Fee

£14,750 (2013/14)

General Funding Notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Key Facts

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Departmental website

School of European Languages, Culture and Society

French BA

UCAS Code: R100

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

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades AAA
Subjects French required.
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C 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

IB Diploma

Points 38
Subjects A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including French grade 6, with no score lower than 5.

Other Qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Selected entry requirements will appear here

International Qualifications

International Qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Selected country's equivalent grades will appear here

University Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree Summary

Degree Benefits

  • UCL is at the leading edge of current debate in French in this country as may be judged by its consistently high research ratings.
  • A strong focus on spoken and written language work. Oral presentations, comprehension work and translation exercises will be a feature of your learning. Many of our teachers are native speakers.
  • Emphasis on film and literature studies, with resources including a notable French section in the UCL Library. We offer courses covering all periods of French and francophone literature and thought.
  • Access to the facilities of the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education. The French Society organises cultural and social events, for example, theatre visits, drama productions and trips to France.

The structure of the programme allows you to study core courses in French language (written and oral), literature, culture, history, politics and society.You will have some flexibility throughout your degree to focus on areas you find particularly interesting, and these opportunities increase as you progress.

You may also take School of European Languages, Culture and Society (ELCS) courses, which allow students to study literature, film, art and culture from outside their subject area(s), focusing on broad cultural movements, issues and approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective and drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.

You will spend your third year in France or a French-speaking country such as Switzerland, Belgium, Quebec or Martinique. You can choose whether to spend the year as a language assistant in a French school, as a student at a French-speaking university, or to follow the Cours de Civilisation Française at the Sorbonne.

Your Learning

Throughout the degree your teaching will be conducted mainly through small seminar groups, together with some lectures. Seminars are characterised by a 'hands-on' textual and analytical approach whereas lectures are used for discussing general intellectual contexts.


Most courses 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.

Degree Structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory courses

French Film
French Oral (compulsory unless Francophone)
Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Thought
Reading French Texts
The Making of Modern France
Use of French 1

Optional courses

You will select 1.0 credits from a wide range of intermediate-level courses offered by the School of European Languages, Culture and Society, which may include:
European Art Cinema
Poetry and Revolt
The Court Society in Early Modern Europe
The European Enlightenment

Year Two

Compulsory courses

French Oral (compulsory unless Francophone)
ELCS Intermediate Level course
Use of French 2

Optional courses

You will select 3.0 credits from a wide range of optional courses. Options may include:
Contesting Frenchness: Francohone Literature
ELCS Intermediate Level courses
Enlightenment and Revolution: The 18th Century
Exploration of Self and Form: the Contemporary Period
France: Culture and Society
French Film History
French Oral 2 (compulsory for non-francophone students)
The Classical Age: 17th Century Literature
The Medieval Period
The 19th Century
The Renaissance Period

Year Three

Year abroad

Year Abroad Oral Assessment
Year Abroad Project

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Advanced Translation
French Essay
French Oral 3
Use of French 3

Optional courses

You will select 2.0 credits from a wide range of optional courses. Options may include:
Advanced French Politics
Cultures of AIDS in France: History, Policy and Representation
Desire for Community: Literature as Anthology
Dominating Texts?
Forms of Feeling in 17th Century France
Gender, Race and Sexuality
Introduction to Post-Strucuralism
Jean-Luc Godard, Histoire(s) du Cinéma
Le Roman de la Rose
The 'Libertine' from Charles Sorel to Laclos
Representations of the Algerian War
Screen Cities: Representing the Margins of Paris 1830-2005
Swiss Cinema
The Haitian Novel, 1944-2004
ELCS Advanced Level courses

Further details available on degree page of subject website:

Your Career

In addition to linguistic and cultural understanding, the programme aims to develop skills in critical reasoning, independent thinking and application of theoretical concepts. You will learn how to conduct research and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Graduates of the department have entered a wide range of professions including finance, commerce, journalism, education, the media, public relations, translation and interpreting, and the police.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of this programme include:

  • Research and Translation Assistant, Field and Fisher Waterhouse LLP (2011)
  • Assistant Lecturer, University of Perpignan (2010)
  • Marketing Assistant, Law Business Research (2010)
  • Full-time student, MA in Translation and Interpretation at the University of Manchester (2009)
  • Full-time student, Graduate Diploma in Law at the College of Law (2009)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


Your Application

We aim to ascertain the depth and extent of your intellectual interest in French culture. Evidence of this may include reading in French beyond the examination syllabus, in particular of literary works, and experience of watching French-language films. We may also employ other selection methods, which we shall inform you about in advance.

How to Apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


If your application demonstrates that you are suitable, or potentially suitable, and you are resident in the UK or EU, you will be required to attend an open day and/or interview unless there are exceptional circumstances. Interviews will be held mainly in English, although some French will be spoken.

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