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Key Facts

Code R120
  • Typical A-level offer

    BCC with B in French unless to be studied as a beginner

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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Studying for a single honours degree in French at Aberystwyth University provides you with the opportunity not only to pursue French language to an advanced level, but also to gain an in-depth knowledge of French literature, culture and linguistics. This degree is ideal for those who have established wide-ranging interests in the French-speaking world.  The degree scheme provides an ideal combination of intensive language training, and a choice of content modules on literature, culture, and linguistics.

[NSS/DLHE Awards]

Department of Modern Languages: 93% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

85% of our graduates entered work at professional level, 38% more than Language graduates nationally (HESA 2017)


Why study French at Aberystwyth University?

  • There is a wide range of expertise available within our  Department and this is reflected in the module choices we offer. Students could choose modules on linguistics (both modern and historical); dialectical (the study of different forms of French, past and present); literature; the history of ideas and artistic movements; literary representations of Paris, travel literature and current affairs. 
  • All students on this course will spend their third year living independently in a French-speaking country. You could choose to study at University, work as language assistant or other forms of work placements. 
  • During the first year, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to French studies and related research skills, in tutorial form. 
  • You will become a student in a department that scored 93% for student satisfaction in the recent National Student Survey (NSS, 2017), demonstrating our commitment to provide you with an experience that is memorable and cherished. 
  • Modern Language graduates are statistically amongst the most employable graduates. In the latest Destinations Leavers of Higher Education Survey (DLHE), 100% of our graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduation. This figure is 7% more than language graduates nationally. Our purposeful teaching ensures that you will have a smooth transition from campus to career. 
  • This degree is available to beginners and advanced students. Beginners will follow an intensive course in the first year. 
Our Staff

All of the lecturers in the Dept of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active. We also employ language tutors, some of whom have a PhD, and all of whom are experienced teachers. We occasionally employ native-speakers from our partner universities abroad (lectors) who come to us highly recommended on the basis of their academic achievement at the home university, and many of whom have trained as teachers. The fourth group is part-time staff who are employed on the basis of their expertise in a particular specialist area.  



Employability is embedded across our teaching within the Department of Modern Languages. The Year Abroad is where our graduates are more distinguished than others. Upon successful completion of the Year Abroad, students return with an increased skill set, stronger language competencies and the ability to adapt in any situations. 

Our graduates have been successful in seeking employment after graduation. Our graduates are successful in these fields:

  • Translation and Interpretation;
  • Broadcasting;
  • Education; 
  • Marketing;
  • Human Resources; 
  • Website development; 
  • International Banking; 
  • Civil Service.

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn? 

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

During your four years, you will have four weekly hours of language work, which includes:





In the first year you may: 

  • Explore the range of skills required for French studies, and present at first independent research.
  • Learn about the founding moments of French culture.
  • Discover the language through film, language and identity.

In the second year you may: 

  • Be able to choose from content modules on French literature, language, history of art, or cultures of contemporary France.
  • Conduct your independent research, with tutorial supervision.

In your third year you will: 

  • Embark on your Year Abroad of studying or work placements through the Erasmus + Programme.

In your fourth year you may: 

  • Develop your language competencies further after your year spent in France.
  • Choose from a range of modules ranging from Literature, Film, Culture, Business.
  • Create the crown jewel of your undergraduate years, your Dissertation, based on extensive original research, written in French.

How will I be taught?

  • A variety of teaching formats are used in class. In tutorial classes, you will be initiated to skills, and learn to use tools. Lectures will introduce you to topics, while in seminars, you will be invited to participate in the discussion.
    You will be assessed in a variety of ways in your modules. You will have to give oral presentations, sit listening tests, write individual compositions and create increasingly complex translations in language classes. In content modules, you might be asked to write essays, create a research project, give an oral presentation, or sit an exam.

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Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BCC with B in French unless to be studied as a beginner

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subject

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall with 5 points in French at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner

European Baccalaureate:
68% with 70% in French unless to be studied as a beginner

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact

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