Combined Honours



Studying French as part of your Combined Honours degree involves a combination of practical language study and communication skills, with the study of French culture.

You also have opportunity to study a wide range of optional modules.

UCAS Code: BA Combined Honours (Y001)

Subject summary

You study French to a high level of expertise in courses specially designed to prepare you for your year abroad and, following your graduation, future employment.

French is taught to you using a communicative approach, and you'll also get a thorough, interactive grammar course in Stage 1 and 2. There's opportunity to learn about liaison interpreting in Stage 3.

Expect to spend one third of your time on French language study.

All Combined Honours students studying a language, go abroad for an intercalating year between Stages 2 and 3. You'll be based in a country where the language is spoken, to develop your language knowledge and expertise.

When you return in Stage 3 you'll continue to study French and optional non-language modules. You can also choose to write a dissertation on an approved topic.

Our optional modules cover aspects of language, culture and society in modern and contemporary France. Options include subjects such as:

  • film
  • history and society
  • linguistics and language acquisition
  • modern literature and Francophone writing
  • popular culture
  • visual art

There are also themed courses, such as the History and Culture of Paris or Occupation and Resistance 1940-45.

French is offered by the School of Modern Languages. You may also be interested in joining our Modern Languages Society or the Erasmus Society.


You can study French for your Combined Honours degree from scratch, post-GCSE or post-A level (or equivalent) standards.

A maximum of two language subjects can be taken together, but only one of these can be at beginner's level.

It's not possible to study two language subjects on their own without a third non-language subject.


For more information on the modules available visit the French Module List. Modules are subject to change and could differ on an annual basis.

Contact us

If you have any questions about choosing French as part of your Combined Honours degree, just email us.

You can also contact our subject adviser for French.