BSc French

Why choose this course?

  • French at Aston is ranked 6th in the UK for Student Satisfaction, in the Complete University Guide 2017 
  • 95% overall student  satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey.

  • French at Aston is in the top 10 for both Teaching Quality and Student Experience, Sunday Times League Tables 2016.

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4 years full-time with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code: R120

Typical Offers:
A Levels: ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including French Grade B. General Studies accepted. 

If your predicted grades are close to those stated in Aston's typical offers and if you are interested in Aston University and the courses we offer we encourage you to apply to us as one of your 5 UCAS choices. In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (eg AS grades, GCSEs), your school/college reference and the commitment and motivation you demonstrate for your chosen course via the personal statement. Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via lss_ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk.


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IB: 32-33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. Standard level Maths and English 5 required and 6 in Higher Level French.
Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module. Humanities or Social Sciences Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis. A-level grade B in French or equivalent.
BTEC: National Extended Diploma DDD. A-level grade B in German or equivalent. Mix of Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable. 

We accept a wide range of UK, EU and International qualifications: please contact us for further advice.

Specific subject requirements:
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C.

Tuition fees 2015/16: £9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £13,800 (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas students. More on fees.

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Our French studies course is designed to develop your linguistic skills to near-native proficiency and fluency. We stress the development of your practical command of French, emphasising language as a means of communication and mutual understanding. Our programme is also designed to develop your understanding of French culture and society – its traditions, its complexities, its underlying ideas – and to develop your critical, analytical and collaborative skills. Language classes are supplemented by a series of thematic modules, also taught in French, which focus on contemporary French society, and particularly on French politics, history, sociolinguistics, media, film and literature. You will be taught by research experts with international reputations in their fields, all in a lively, friendly, experienced and enthusiastic department.

French can be studied as a Single Honours subject, or combined with a selection of other subjects as a Joint Honours programme. Whichever combination you choose, the course builds each year on your key language skills – listening, oral, reading and writing, and of course your accuracy and understanding of grammar – to encourage you to express yourself with increasing sophistication, fluency and complexity. The thematic modules focus on politics and society, media, cultural studies and linguistics. Each year you will develop your knowledge, understanding and analytical skills. The Third Year is spent abroad on a work placement, at an exchange university, or on an assistantship. On returning to Aston in your Final Year, you can take an independent study module (dissertation) on a subject of your choice.

Sample module options: The modules below are indicative only. When an offer is made, students will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.

Year 1

Core modules:
French Language Skills I
Introduction to Language and Communication
Introduction to Film Studies
Choose 20 credits from the Languages For All (LFA) modules in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish.

Year 2

Core modules:
French Language Skills II
Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)
Crossing Boundaries: Migrant and Transnational Cinema

Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
IBE (France)
Communication across language and cultures
Translation & Technology
Optional: Choose 20 credits from the Languages For All (LFA) modules in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish.

Year 3 - Year Abroad

Compulsory Placement / Year Abroad 

Final Year

Core modules:
French Language Skills III
La France d’Outre Mer
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster
Contemporary French
Research Dissertation 

Introduction to Interpreting
IBE (France)
Advanced Translation - French
Specialised (LSP) Translation
Representations of Minorities
Optional: Choose 20 credits from the Languages For All (LFA) modules in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish.

Our graduates are in demand from a wide range of employers who value their understanding of different organisations, their communication skills and motivation for team work.  For information on graduate destinations please see the careers service:http://www.aston.ac.uk/current-students/careers-centre/graduate-destinations/lss/

You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. We teach our courses in French, which means that our students are at a real advantage when it comes to gaining maximum benefit and experience from the year abroad. 

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor when you join us and you will be encouraged to make regular contact with them throughout your studies. Personal Tutors are there to help discuss academic and, in some cases, personal issues. Personal Tutors can also often offer support by writing references for placement/graduate employment and academic research.

Assessment is through a combination of written and oral exams, coursework, essays, translation tasks, presentations and an extended dissertation during your Final Year. Exams take place in January and May/June.

Helene Stafford

''As a lecturer in French at Aston University for the past 16 years, I have seen a vast number of our students graduate with a good degree in French and go on to graduate-level jobs. The relatively small French section provides a welcoming and nurturing environment, in which our students can thrive. Almost all teaching is delivered in French, which provides our students with an excellent level of written and spoken French, as well as in depth knowledge of francophone culture. Studying French at Aston University will guarantee an enriching experience, and provide you with the means to go on to a great future career!''

The Third Year of your course is spent abroad in a French speaking country - increasing your fluency, enhancing your cultural awareness and adding value to your degree. The Year Abroad is an integral and assessed part of language studies at Aston University, fully supported by us, and of direct relevance to your degree. 

A distinctive feature of our Year Abroad is the flexibility that we offer. You will be able to choose between undertaking a paid work-experience placement with a company, working as a teaching assistant in a school or studying at one of our partner universities. We are extremely proud of the high level of preparation, orientation and support that we provide before and during your Year Abroad. We have a full-time International Placements Team who will give you plenty of individual help and advice, and even come and visit you during your time away. 

Find out more about the Year Abroad.

Campus accommodation guaranteed for First Year and Final Year students returning from the Year Abroad.

Contact Details

Tel: 0121 204 3777

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Graduate Profile

Graduate Profile

Ria Bush, Graduate 2013

BSc Translation Studies French

The French department at Aston is so close-knit; you become friends with your lecturers. There is no doubt that the lecturers are the best in their field and this is shown through their teaching and lessons. When I graduate this summer I already have a graduate job lined up - I am going to be working as an Assistant Director at Explore Learning!


Fees and funding

Fees and funding



Outstanding graduate career prospects

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