BA Modern Languages: French

At the University of Exeter, we provide a lively and friendly learning community in which to learn French, offering an inspiring teaching programme driven by internationally renowned researchers. Our basic philosophy is to ensure broad academic coverage with maximum choice, allowing you to study one or two additional languages alongside French should you wish to. As part of the BA Modern Languages: French course you can select from a wide variety of modules in most areas of French Studies: cultural studies from the Middle Ages to the present; literature and the visual arts; film; linguistics; gender studies and philosophy. You can decide to pursue a broad programme of study that includes modules taken from several of the areas mentioned above, or you can specialise in one or two of these areas.

As part of the degree course at Exeter, you will undertake intense practical language training as well as theoretical learning to better understand the rich cultural, social and historical backdrop of France. Over four years, you will develop fundamental language skills such as reading, speaking, translating and writing, learning to perfect the delicate nuances of intonation, tone and inflection in your voice to become a skilled linguist. You will be taught by experienced language specialists and academic staff at the forefront of their disciplines and some of your classes will be with our team of native French-speakers. Students can also take advantage of the excellent facilities in the Foreign Language Centre and join the French Society, organised by undergraduate students to enjoy a varied programme of talks, films, drama and social activities.

The University of Exeter has one of the leading and most respected centres for Modern Languages in the UK, with all of our languages ranked in the top 10 in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and The Complete University Guide 2019, and the department ranked 4th for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017. In your third year, you will spend a year abroad in a Francophone country either studying at one of our renowned partner universities such as Rennes, Paris- Sorbonne and Brussels, teaching English as part of a British Council placement or gaining valuable employment experience and practical applied learning by working abroad. Work placements can be part-funded by the EU’s Erasmus Work Placement scheme.

By the end of your degree, you will have acquired a diverse and transferable set of skills and intercultural awareness that are highly sought after by employers. Modern Language degrees offer a broad range of career paths in translation, linguistics, teaching and across multiple other industries. Recent graduates are now working in areas such as marketing and communications, project co-ordination, journalism and finance.

Degree programmes

You can study French through four pathways:

  • choose to study French modules only and graduate with a BA in French
  • with one or two other languages (eg, Chinese, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish) as part of our BA Modern Languages degree
  • with Arabic, Art History & Visual Culture, Classical Studies, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Latin, Politics, Philosophy or Sociology as part of one of our Combined Honours Programmes
  • or with a bespoke selection of subjects as part of our Flexible Combined honours programme 

Programme variations