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.
- UCAS code
- 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2017
- Applications per place
- 5 (2015 entry)*
- Total intake
- 216 (2017 entry)*
- French required.
- 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
- A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including French grade 6, with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.
D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. French required
A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). French required
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA. French is required.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a twelve-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
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 strong focus on spoken and written language work. Oral presentations, comprehension work and translation exercises will be a feature of your learning. Native speakers form an integral part of our teaching team.
- 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.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of European Languages, Culture and Society.
- 74% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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).
The structure of the programme allows you to study core modules 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 will also take modules offered by the UCL School of European Languages, Culture & Society (ELCS) courses, which allow you to study literature, film, art and culture from outside your subject area(s), focusing on broad cultural movements, issues and approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective.
You will spend your third year in France or another part of la Francophonie (for example Québec 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 undertake a work placement.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
French Oral (compulsory unless Francophone)
The Making of Modern France
Medieval and Early Modern Literature
Reading French Texts
Romanticism, Realism, Modernism
The Making of Modern France
Use of French
You will also choose interdepartmental modules offered by the School of European Language, Culture and Society. Options may include the study of Linguistics, Film and History.
French Oral (compulsory unless Francophone)
Use of French
You will select 3.0 credits from a wide range of optional 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
The Classical Age: 17th-Century Literature
The Medieval Period
The Renaissance Period ELCS Intermediate Level modules
Students currently complete a 4,000-word Year Abroad Project in the target language, and:
Any assessment required by a host university (if participating in a university exchange), or:
A British Council Assistantship or work placement abroad.
Use of French
Advanced French Politics
Cultures of AIDS in France: History, Policy and Representation
Desire for Community: Literature as Anthropology
Fictions of Grief
Forms of Feeling in 17th-Century France
Gender, Race and Sexuality
Introduction to Post-Strucuralism
Medieval French Literature
Old Worlds, New Worlds, Humanism and Travel Writing
Representations of the Algerian War
Screen Cities: Representing the Margins of Paris 1830-2005
The Haitian Novel, 1944-2004
The 'Libertine' from Charles Sorel to Laclos
ELCS Advanced Level modules
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 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.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: French BA.
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 (2012-2014) of this programme include:
- Translation Fellow, Yiddish Book Center
- English Language Assistant, Academie de Montpellier
- Research Analyst, Cognolink
- Software Developer, SDM
- Editorial and Marketing Assistant, KT Press
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.
- UK/EU students
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas students
- £16,130 (2016/17)
Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Application and next steps
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.
Application deadline: 15 January 2017
If your application demonstrates that you are suitable and you receive an offer, then we shall invite you to a post-offer Open Day, where you can experience the sort of teaching which we offer and life in SELCS.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students