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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only.

UK & EU fee
£9,250 (2017/18)
Overseas fee
£17,710 (2017/18)

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.

Departmental scholarships

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.

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 benefits

  • 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.

Students must take a total of 4 course units each year.

Year One

Compulsory Modules ( 3 course units)

  • FREN1001 Use of French (0.5 cu)
  • FREN1002 French Oral (0.5 cu)
  • FREN1101 The Making of Modern France (0.5 cu)
  • FREN1102 Reading French Texts (0.5 cu)
  • FREN1105 Romanticism, Realism, Modernism (0.5 cu)
  • FREN1106 French Film (0.5 cu)

Francophone students should not take FREN1002 French Oral but should replace it with another French module (0.5 cu) if available, another ELCS1*** first-year level module (0.5cu) or a module of their choice elsewhere in UCL.

Optional Modules (1 course units)

Two ELCS1*** first-year level modules (0.5cu each)

Year Two

Compulsory Modules ( 1.0 course units)

  • FREN2001 Use of French (0.5cu)
  • FREN2002 French Oral (0.5cu)

Francophone students should not take FREN2002 French Oral but should replace it with another FREN2*** module (0.5cu).

Optional Modules ( 3.0 course units)

A total of 2.5cu from FREN2*** modules and 0.5cu ELCS6*** intermediate-level module
A total of 2.0cu from FREN2*** modules and 1.0cu ELCS6*** intermediate-level modules

Year Three (Year Abroad)

Final Year

Compulsory Modules ( 2.0 course units)

  • FREN4001 Use of French (0.5 cu)
  • FREN4002 French Oral (0.5 cu)
  • FREN4003 French Essay (0.5 cu)
  • FREN4004 Advanced Translation (0.5 cu)

Optional Modules ( 2.0 course unit)

A total of 2.0 cu from FREN41**/FREN42**/FREN43** modules

A total of 1.5 cu from FREN41**/FREN42**/FREN43** modules and one 0.5 cu ELCS4*** module.

Entry requirements

A Levels
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:
IB Diploma
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:

Equivalent qualification

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.

International applications

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 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see:

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.


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 committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Application and next steps

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.

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

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