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Join our vibrant and friendly Department of French and explore French literature and culture. Become an expert in speaking, writing and reading French, whilst developing your knowledge and critical understanding of French culture and society.  

Our course is innovative and diverse, covering a range of modules in literature, culture, film studies and history, from the medieval period to the contemporary. Language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking are highly desirable, meaning that French graduates from King’s are in strong demand in today’s job market.

Don't forget, if you are studying single honours French or you are studying two languages as part of your degree (i.e French & Spanish), you will have to option of studying a new language as a beginner via our Modern Languages Centre . Options include Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and many more.

We offer the following pathway options:

Find out more about these pathways and our available modules below.

Modern Languages (French) with a year abroad BA

Required Modules

  • Cultural Transformations: An Introduction to Modern Languages (15 credits)
  • French Core Language (First Year) (30 credits)
  • Critical Reading and its Pleasures: Approaching French Literature and Film (15 credits)
  • Optional Modules

    You will then select further modules from the Department of French modules to bring your total credits to 120 for the year from a range of optional modules, that may typically include:

  • Narrative in French Literature and Film (15 credits)
  • Revolution and Reaction in Modern France: an introduction to Modern French History (15 credits)
  • French Political Thought (15 credits)
  • Text and Performance: an introduction to French and Francophone Theatre and Film (15 credits)
  • You may replace one 15-credit optional module with a module in the Modern Language Centre in another language at credit level 4.

    You may also, with approval, select 15 credits at credit level 4 from outside the Department of French.

    Required Modules

  • Core Language (Second Year) (15 credits)
  • The Practice of Translation (15 credits)
  • Optional Modules

    You are required to take at least two early / transhistorical modules in the Department of French from a range that may typically include:

  • The Idea of France (15 credits)
  • Death & Desire: Love in French literature before 1700 (15 credits)
  • Obscenity and Civility in Pre- and Early-Modern French Literature (15 credits)
  • You then take a further 60 credits from a range optional modules offered by the Department of French, that may typically include:

  • The early / transhistorical modules listed above
  • Modern French History (15 credits)
  • The French Novel after 1700 (15 credits)
  • French Poetry after 1800 (15 credits)
  • Writing the Self in French Literature since 1700 (15 credits)
  • Marketing the Margins: Case Studies in the Literary Marketplace (15 credits)
  • Modernity and the City (15 credits)
  • French Political Thought II (15 credits)
  • French Cinema and its Others (15 credits)
  • You may replace one 15-credit optional module with a module in the Modern Language Centre in another language at credit level 5.

    You may also, with approval, select 15 credits at credit level 5 from outside the Department of French.

    Assessment for this year will depend on how you opt to spend your year: as an exchange student at a university, a language assistant teaching English (not currently available in Portuguese speaking-countries), or on an approved work placement (one semester only).

    Partner Institutions for the French pathway currently include:

  • Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (Martinique Campus), Martique
  • Aix-Marseille Universite, France
  • Universite Lumiere Lyon II, France
  • Sciences Po Lyon, France
  • University of Montreal, Canada
  • Universite de Poitiers, France
  • Sciences Po Paris, France
  • Universite Sorbonne IV Paris, France
  • University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Université Laval, Canada
  • École Normale Supérieure (Paris), France
  • École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France
  • University of Strasbourg, France
  • Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre la Defense, France
  • Required Modules

  • French Language (15 credits)
  • The Stylistics of Translation (15 credits)
  • Optional Modules

    You are required to take at least one non-language from the Department of French module which concerns pre-1800 French literature and culture from a list that may typically include:

  • Old French Romance (15 credits)
  • Sixteenth-century Encounters with the ‘New World’ (15 credits)
  • Shadows of Enlightenment (15 credits)
  • You will take a further 75 credits from a range of optional modules offered by the Department of French that may typically include:

  • The pre-1800 modules listed above
  • Citizenship and Exclusion: Republicanism and its Discontents (15 credits)
  • French Anticolonial Thought (15 credits)
  • Enquiring Minds: Murder Mysteries in French Literature from Realism to Post-Modernism (15 credits)
  • Politics and the Moving Image in post-1968 France (15 credits)
  • Comparing Romance Languages (Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies) (15 credits)
  • Recent French Thought (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Women’s Writing in France (15 credits)
  • Images of Algeria (15 credits)
  • Québeçois Fiction & Film across the Canadian Bicultural Divide (15 credits)
  • Maximising Performance: Brecht, Boal and Big Business (15 credits)
  • The French Revolution Effect: Italy, France, Germany (Department of Comparative Literature) (15 credits)
  • You may replace one 15-credit optional module with a module in the Modern Language Centre in another language at credit level 6.

    You may also, with approval, select 15 credits at credit level 6 from outside the Department of French.

    We also have a three year French BA - where students spend the second semester of the second year in Paris at the University of London Institute, Paris (ULIP).

    Visit our French BA webpage to find out more.

    Please note: This degree is not suitable if you are already fluent or near-fluent in French.

     

    Joint Honours

    If you are studying French and English, History, or Philosophy, or studying French and another language (ie Modern Languages (French and Spanish) with a year abroad BA), you'll study the following French modules:

    If you are studying our Management & Modern Languages BA, you can find a list of modules here.

    Required Modules

  • Cultural Transformations: An Introduction to Modern Languages (15 credits)
  • Post-A Level French

    If you have previously studied French at A-level or through IB, you will study our Post A-level/IB route.

  • French Core Language (First Year) (30 credits)
  • Critical Reading and its Pleasures: Approaching French Literature and Film (15 credits)
  • Ab initio French

  • Introductory French (30 credits)
  • Critical Reading and its Pleasures: Approaching French Literature and Film for ab initio (15 credits)
  • Please note, if you are studying two languages as part of your degree, you will be able to take an additional 15 credit optional modules. This can be as another optional module in either of the languages you re studying OR by taking a new language as a beginner via our Modern Languages Centre . Options include Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and many more

    If you are studying French, English, History, or Philosophy, or studying French and another language (ie French and Spanish BA), you'll study the following French modules:

    If you are studying our Management & Modern Languages BA, you can find a list of modules here.

    Required Modules

    Post-A Level French

  • Core Language (Second Year) (15 credits)
  • The Practice of Translation (15 credits)
  • Ab initio French

  • Intermediate French (30 credits)
  • Optional Modules

    You will take 30 credits from a range of optional modules offered by the French Department. Modules may typically include the below options:

    Please note, if you studied a module with the Modern Languages Centre in your first year, you can continue this in year 2 to replace one 15 credit module.

  • The Idea of France (15 credits)
  • Death & Desire: Love in French literature before 1700 (15 credits)
  • Obscenity and Civility in Pre- and Early-Modern French Literature (15 credits)
  • Modern French History (15 credits)
  • The French Novel after 1700 (15 credits)
  • French Poetry after 1800 (15 credits)
  • Writing the Self in French Literature since 1700 (15 credits)
  • Marketing the Margins: Case Studies in the Literary Marketplace (15 credits)
  • Modernity and the City (15 credits)
  • French Political Thought II (15 credits)
  • French Cinema and its Others (15 credits)
  • Assessment for this year will depend on whether you split the year between two different language speaking countries (dual language pathway students), or spend the entire year in a single language speaking country. It will also depend on how you opt to spend your year: as an exchange student at a university, a language assistant teaching English, or on an approved work placement (one semester only).

    Partner Institutions for the French pathway currently include:

  • Université Lumière Lyon II
  • Université Paris-Sorbonne
  • Université Paris-Nanterre
  • Aix-Marseille Université
  • Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (Martinique)
  • École Normale Supérieure (Paris)
  • École Normale Supérieure (Lyon)
  • Sciences Po (Paris)
  • Sciences Po (Lyon)
  • Université de Montréal
  • Université Laval
  • Université de Strasbourg
  • If you are studying French and English, History, or Philosophy, or studying French and another language (ie Modern Languages (French and Spanish) with a year abroad BA), you'll study the following French modules:

    If you are studying our Management & Modern Languages BA, you can find a list of modules here.

    Required Modules

  • French Language (15 credits)
  • Optional Modules

    You will take 45 credits from a range of optional modules offered by the French Department. Modules may typically include the below options:

    Please note, if you studied a module with the Modern Languages Centre in your first and second year, you can continue this language in your final year to replace one optional module.

  • Old French Romance (15 credits)
  • Sixteenth-century Encounters with the ‘New World’ (15 credits)
  • Shadows of Enlightenment (15 credits)
  • Citizenship and Exclusion: Republicanism and its Discontents (15 credits)
  • French Anticolonial Thought (15 credits)
  • Enquiring Minds: Murder Mysteries in French Literature from Realism to Post-Modernism (15 credits)
  • Politics and the Moving Image in post-1968 France (15 credits)
  • Comparing Romance Languages (Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies) (15 credits)
  • Recent French Thought (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Women’s Writing in France (15 credits)
  • Images of Algeria (15 credits)
  • Québeçois Fiction & Film across the Canadian Bicultural Divide (15 credits)
  • Maximising Performance: Brecht, Boal and Big Business (15 credits)
  • The French Revolution Effect: Italy, France, Germany (Department of Comparative Literature) (15 credits)
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    Discover more about our other language options and joint honours pathways below:

    Study Modern Languages