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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.
- 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.
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.
Students must take a total of 4 course units each year.
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 ELCS6*** intermediate-level module (0.5cu) or a module of their choice elsewhere in UCL.
Optional Modules (1 course units)
Two ELCS6*** intermediate-level modules (0.5cu each)
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
- ELCS3001 - Year Abroad Assessment A (1.5cu)
- ELCS3002 - Year Abroad Assessment B (1.5cu)
- ELCS3005 - Third Year Project C (1.0cu)
- ELCS3006 - Progress Portfolio A (0cu)
- ELCS3007 - Progress Portfolio B (0cu)
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.
|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|
|Subjects||A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including French grade 6, with no score lower than 5.|
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In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
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.
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:
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.