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Study across a range of French and Francophone language and literature from the Middle Ages to today, plus diverse choice of English modules, from medieval literature to modern poetry and women's writing. The degree is based in London and includes a year in a French-speaking country.
Recognised as one of the leading French departments in the UK, distinguished for its world-leading and internationally excellent research.
Teaching features innovative approaches to French language, literature, cultural, political and historical studies.
The year abroad offers students the unique opportunity for immersion in French culture. We have exchanges with a number of partner universities in France and French speaking countries currently including Paris Sorbonne (IV), Université Paris X Nanterre, Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), Sciences Po (Paris), Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (Martinique), Université de Provence, Université de Montréal, Université de Poitiers, Université Lumière Lyon 2, Sciences Po (Lyon), Université de Genève, Université Laval, Université de Strasbourg. The year abroad also offers the opportunity to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme or to undertake an internship/work placement in a French-speaking environment (typically sourced by students themselves).
Combination of language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking means graduates from King's are highly employable.
All students follow core modules in French language to a high level of proficiency in written and spoken French.
One of the oldest English departments in the country, with an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research.
Personal attention given to each student, creating a vibrant intellectual atmosphere and a network of support.
Offers a wide range of modules, and diverse approaches.
Central location offers access to Shakespeare’s Globe, and countless other sites and buildings with literary associations.
Graduates develop transferable analytical and communications skills making them highly desirable to employers across a range of sectors.
Please note: Assessed internship placements are not included as part of this programme. However, King’s Careers & Employability can help you to find a range of different work experience options, including internships, placements and shadowing opportunities.
UCAS code R1Q3
Duration Four years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Major/minor honours
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department Department of English,Department of French
French and English
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements
General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer
A-levels: AAA including grade A in both French and English. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. In addition applicants must either offer an academic qualification equivalent to A-Level grade A in both French and English. The DELF or DALF (minimum DELF B2) may considered in place of the French component only.
Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including D3 in both French and English
Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2). Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in both French and English. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in both French and English. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in both French and English. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers including grade A in both French and English. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including grade 6HL in both French and English. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).
35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666
45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit
D3 D3 D3
Further information below
For more about the Departments of French and English follow the department contact links.
The Department of French offers the possibility of study across the whole range of French and Francophone language and literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, as well as in French history, contemporary French institutions, film, politics and philosophy. This programme includes a year in a French-speaking country.
The English Department prides itself not only on the range and diversity of the modules it offers, from medieval literature to modern poetry and women's writing, but also on the diversity of the approaches it employs, from contemporary literary theory to close textual examination and historical scholarship.
Most teaching takes place in small-group classes and seminars supported by lectures. Modules in the French language are focused on high level skills in written and oral French and involve intensive contact with native speakers of French. We offer specialised modules in translation, while training all students to write and speak French at a high level of sophistication. Modules in French literature, culture, history and politics are taught by lecturers internationally recognised for their expertise in these fields, and aim to develop a broad and deep knowledge of French culture, as well as an advanced capacity for critical thinking and analysis.
All students of French follow a core language module each year and choose optional modules in the French language, French literature, thought, film, history and politics. Students on all French programmes take a balance of language and content modules. Modules are assessed either by coursework, desk examination, or a combination of both. The final classification you obtain for your degree is based on the modules you take in each of the three or four years of your degree.
Located in the heart of London, the department is close to unparalleled resources for students of French, specialist libraries, the Institut Français, unrivalled galleries, theatres and cinemas. All teaching takes place at the Strand Campus.
The single honours four-year French degree, like all other joint and major/minor honours programmes, includes a third year spent studying abroad. If you take joint honours in French and another language your year abroad will usually be split between a French-speaking country and a country speaking your other language. If you combine French with a subject that is not another language your whole year abroad will be spent in a French-speaking country. We have exchanges with many different universities in places as diverse as Paris, Montreal, Geneva and Martinique among others.
Currently, students study the following core and compulsory modules. If there are options available the current choices are also shown. King's reviews its optional modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the Department(s) for further advice.
You take the core and compulsory modules outlined plus two optional modules in French and two modules in English.
Core French Language
Introduction to French Literature (compulsory)
French Narrative Texts: an Introduction
Subjects & Selves: an Introduction to French Thought
Text & Performance: an Introduction to French Theatre & Film
Revolution & Reaction in Modern France: an Introduction to Modern French History
French Political Thought
Language in Time
Classical & Biblical Contexts of English Literature
Introducing Literary Theories
Medieval Literary Culture
You take the core and compulsory modules plus four options in French and two modules in English.
The Practice of Translation (compulsory)
Students take the rest of their required credits in French from optional modules, which may typically include: Death and Desire: Love in French Literature before 1700 Writing the Self since 1700 in French Literature French poetry since 1800 Comedy in French Literature before 1700 The French Novel since 1700 The Idea of France Modernity and the City Modern French History French Political Thought II
A Mad World, My Masters: Performing Culture in Jacobean London
Australian Literature & Film
Creative Writing: the Novel
Cultural Encounters: Literature & Language in Anglo-Saxon England
Early Modern Sexualities
Eighteenth-Century Travel Writing
First World War Literature
History, Politics & the Elizabethan Imagination
Irish Literature & Culture
Language of Dance
Rise of the Novel
Narrating the Nation
Performance in Medieval Culture,
Romanticism, Revolution & Representation 1776-1832
Shakespeare in London
Subjects of Desire in Medieval Religious Writings
The Fin de Siecle
Victorians & Social Change 1840-1870
Normally spent in a French-speaking country.
You take the core module, plus five options in French, plus two modules in English.
Students take the rest of their required credits in French from optional modules, which may typically include:
The Stylistics of Translation Dissertation Recent French Thought Contemporary women's writing in French Images of Algeria Shadows of Enlightenment Old French Romance Citizenship and Exclusion: Republicanism and its discontents Class and Conflict in Nineteenth-Century French Culture Proust Sixteenth-century Encounters with the 'New World' Québécois Fiction & Film across the Canadian Bicultural Divide Citizenship & Exclusion: Theories and Practices Satire in Early Modern France Politics and the Moving Image in post-1968 France Queer Sexuality in Pre-Modern French Literature
Ancient Lyric & Poetry
Autobiography & Modern Self-Representation
Beowulf: Heroes & Other Monsters
British Literature & Film
Court Cultures in the Age of Elizabeth I
Creative Writing: Drama
Critically Queer: Literature, Culture & Queer Theory
Gender and Performance
James Joyce & Ulysses
Jane Austen in Context
Literature & Impressionism
Medieval Body in Pain
Memory & Time in the 19th Century
Post Colonial Australian Literature
Post Colonial Perspectives
Many students remain to pursue graduate degrees whilst others go on to take further training in law, finance or the media. A wealth of opportunities are open to French graduates and King’s has an excellent record for employment after graduation. The highly desirable combination of language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking means that French graduates from King’s are in strong demand in today’s job market
Recent graduates have found employment as…. • Lecturer, Goldsmiths College • Medical Recruitment Administrator, London Deanery • Research Fellow, University of Oxford • International Data Clerk, ES-Three • Recruitment Consultant, Chapman Black • Tenant Manager, Regents Group
I chose to study here for the unique and diverse course that was offered, but overall, King's combines its great reputation, diverse degree courses and vibrant social aspects to offer an unrivalled student experience.
When deciding to go to university, I felt King’s offered much more interesting and wide-ranging options than many others that I’d seen. The university’s prestigious reputation also played an important part in my decision to apply.
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Full time tuition fees - Home/EU
£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
The current King’s fee payable during your year(s) abroad is £1,350 p.a.*
Full time tuition fees - Overseas
£16,250 p.a. (2016/17)**
The current King’s fee payable during your year(s) abroad is 1/3 of the full-year fee p.a.**
For further undergraduate funding information, please visit our fees and funding webpages.
*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.
**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
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