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.
- Degree Programme
- French BA
- UCAS code
- 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- French required.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is 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 Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A. French 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
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate 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: 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.
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).
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 & 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 and drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.
You will spend your third year in France or another part of la Francophonie (for example Switzerland, 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.
French Oral (compulsory unless Francophone)
Reading French Texts
Romanticism, Realism, Modernism
The Making of Modern France
Use of French
You will select 1.0 credits from a wide range of intermediate-level courses offered by the School of European Languages, Culture & Society. Possible subjects include:
European Art Cinema
Poetry and Revolt
The Court Society in Early Modern Europe
The European Enlightenment
French Oral (compulsory unless Francophone)
Use of French
You will select 3.0 credits from a wide range of optional courses. 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 courses
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 courses
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.
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 (2010-2013) of this programme include:
- Marketing Manager, Air4casts (2013)
- Editorial and Marketing Assistant, KT Press (2013)
- Full-time student, MSc in Contemporary India at University of Oxford (2012)
- Technical Consultant, Spitfire (2012)
- Research and Translation Assistant, Field and Fisher Waterhouse LLP (2011)
*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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.
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Fees and funding
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2015/16)
- Overseas fee
- £15,660 (2015/16)
Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding
Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.
- UK, EU
- Based on academic merit
- UK, EU
The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.