Admissions Officer

Mr Joe Tilley


Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3096

Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£15,200 (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at:

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.

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.

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 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 a French-speaking country (for example Switzerland, 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 undertake a work placement.

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.


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)
  • FREN1103 Medieval and Early Modern Literature (0.5 cu)
  • FREN1105 Romanticism, Realism, Modernism (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)

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

  • ELCS3001 - Year Abroad Assessment A (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3002 - Year Abroad Assessment B (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3005 - Third Year Project C (1.0cu)

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

Grades AAA
Subjects French required.
AS Levels For UK-based students 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:

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:

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International applicants

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.

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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.

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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. 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 (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • 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)
  • Assistant Lecturer, University of Perpignan (2010)
  • Marketing Assistant, Law Business Research (2010)

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 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.

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