How will I study?
Teaching is conducted in a variety of ways, involving lectures, seminars, language workshops, small oral groups and computer-aided learning. A proportion of teaching is conducted in French.
Courses in French and Francophone studies are designed to equip you with a high level of competence in written and spoken French language. In years one, two and four, you will follow a core language curriculum which combines work on grammar with training in skills such as translation, résumé and essay writing. The course also includes regular classes in spoken French taught by native speakers of the language and, in year four, specialist professional language modules.
Our courses are modular, which allows for maximum flexibility in the design of your degree. Alongside core modules, you will have the opportunity to choose modules in your area of interest.
Modules are assessed by coursework and/or exams. The first year is a qualifying year and does not count towards your final degree classification. Grades gained in the second and fourth year make up your degree classification, with more emphasis placed on the final year.
Studying languages can open up a world of opportunities. From banking to charities and from teaching to MI5, businesses and organisations across the globe seek to employ language specialists.
During this degree you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of modules, allowing you to tailor your studies around personal interests. In doing so you’ll start to identify potential career paths and begin to discover your areas of professional interest.
In addition to language skills, you’ll develop transferable skills highly sought after by employers such as confident communication skills, strict attention to detail and the ability to work within different cultures and organisational styles.
78.1% of undergraduates from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures secured employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary was £24,477.*
*Data from UoN graduates, 2017-2019. HESA Graduate Outcomes. Sample sizes vary.
Your third academic year is spent in France or a Francophone country doing one of the following:
- a programme of studies in a higher education institution
- working as an assistant in a school
- a work placement.
For more information, see our Year Abroad page.
Application and interview
Offers are usually made without interview. Mature students and applicants with non-standard qualifications may be invited for interview.
UCAS visit days for students offered a place are normally held from February to late March. You are welcome to visit at other times – please contact us or find dates for our open days.