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QR31 BA English and French (4 years)

'You read widely, have a talent for languages, and are passionate about communication. English and French at Southampton offers you the opportunity to think about language and literature in new and exciting ways'.

Introducing your degree

A combined degree in English and French not only familiarises you with the key concepts of English, but allows you to develop your French language skills. You will spend a year abroad in a French-speaking country either as an English language assistant, studying on a university course, or on an approved work placement. Graduates of this degree course have progressed to high-flying jobs in fashion, journalism, financial services, teaching, travel and tourism, and creative writing.


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Programme Structure

This combined degree provides a broader understanding of the literature and critical theory aspects of your English studies, while emphasising linguistic training and the study of contemporary culture in French. As a language student you will be allocated to a stage of language proficiency in our unique system of seven language levels. This is designed to place you at the stage most appropriate to develop your spoken and written skills, enabling you to make rapid progress in your chosen language. In all years of study you will benefit from our wide range of resources. You will use the excellent facilities in the Centre for Language Study and in our French Resources Room, including extensive multimedia facilities and online resources.

  • In year 1,students normallytake a 50/50 balance of core modules in both subjects. However, you may take up to 15 credits per semester in the form of an alternative subject from elsewhere.
  • In your second and final year, you will have a choice of modules from both subjects, with the option of taking up to 25% of your programme in an alternative subject. A special module in year two will prepare you for your year abroad and for the academic work you will complete during this year.
  • The third year is spent in a French-speaking country which offers you a unique opportunity to enhance your linguistic and cultural proficiency. You can spend your year abroad as an English language assistant in a school, studying at one of our partner universities or on a work placement. Students of French can choose to go to France or can spend a year in Switzerland or Belgium, whilst others go further to Canada, Guadaloupe, Martinique or La Reunion. Our current ERASMUS partner universities are Grenoble, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, Angers, Besancon, Lille, Albi, Paris, Rennes, Strasbourg, Geneva, Mons and Fribourg. While abroad you will also conduct an investigative project, supervised by a tutor at Southampton.
  • The final year leaves you with a large range of options in both subjects, taking into full account that you may wish to specialise in an area that most suits your interests and combines well with what you have studied so far. This includes the option to complete a dissertation in either subject.

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Key Facts

100% of our English and French students are satisfied with our teaching quality (National Student Survey 2014)

Modern Languages at Southampton was in the top two for European studies in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise

Opportunity to learn another language from scratch, such as Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Russian or Polish

Education driven by research
Education driven by research

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-level

AAB, including AB in English and French.


ABB, including AB in English and French and A in Extended Project Qualification.

We may interview students taking English Language A Level without a Literature component, due to the literary emphasis of our degree programmes.

General Studies is not accepted.

International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at higher level, including 6 in English at higher level and 6 in French at Higher level
Selection process:
Average applications per place:

UCAS application

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Typical course content


Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

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Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

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Year 1

In each semester you will be required to follow four modules (a total of eight modules over the year). A minimum of one module in English will be taken in semester one, and one double module in English will be taken in semester two; the other two in each semester will be taken in Modern Languages. One module in each semester will normally be your French language course.

Narrative and Culture may be replaced with an alternative single module from another discipline PLUS ENGL1004 Poetic Language OR ENGL1008 Language, Text and Culture

You will normally choose one optional modern language module in each semester. However, you may opt to take a single module in an alternative subject in semester two.

Semester One

Compulsory language module:
FREN9__ French Language

Academic skills for Modern Language students


Poetic Language
Narrative and Culture
Language, Text and Culture in the Early Middle Ages
Modern French Culture
The Making of Modern French
Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

Year 2

Students should normally choose three (one double and two single) optional English units (ENGL) in the year.

Students should normally choose one optional Modern Languages unit in each semester (FREN / LING / LANG / FILM2007). You must choose at least one FREN unit in the year. FILM2007 may count as a FREN unit.

LANG2010 is a compulsory fifth module for all second year students taking a Modern Languages degree, whether single or combined honours.

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15 credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English, the other the equivalent credits in French.

Year 3

You will spend the year abroad in a country where French is spoken, either as:

  • an English language assistant
  • studying on a university course
  • on an approved work placement

Investigative Project:
Independent study project (6,000 words) supervised by a member of staff

Further information:
Year abroad

Year 4

If you wish to do an English dissertation in semester two, you will normally take EITHER two single English modules OR one double English module in semester one. If you do not wish to take an English dissertation, you will normally choose one double English module in semester one and two single English modules in semester two.


You will normally choose one optional Modern Languages unit in each semester (FREN / LING / LANG / FILM3008). You must choose at least one FREN unit in the year. FILM3008 may count as a FREN unit.

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15 credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject. One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English; the other the equivalent credits in French.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT - Computer discs or USB drives: Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT - Hardware: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
EquipmentIT - Software licenses: All software is provided.
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted online. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit online and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. You will be given a printing allowance of £1 per 7.5 ECTS ENGL towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts. The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters.
PlacementsStudents on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses, travel costs and visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programme details of your programme.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Students developing teaching skills
Students developing teaching skills

Studying English and French at Southampton will help you acquire high-level critical thinking and communication skills that are essential to navigate your career. Our English and French graduates have progressed to high-flying careers in fashion, journalism, financial services, management and administration, teaching, travel and tourism, creative writing, and many other areas.

You will be developing and practising the skills required for a successful career from day one of the course. Over three years you will learn to

  • write in different ways and for different formats
  • communicate with fluency in another language
  • argue your case
  • make interesting and confident presentations
  • work effectively both on your own and in groups
  • identify and research areas that you think are important

These are all skills that are valued not just by us but by employers. As a student rep you might also take an active role in the governance of the department, of a student society, or of the Students' Union. English and French also offers some opportunities for direct work experience.

  • Find out more on our English and Modern Languages Careers and Employability pages
  • Learn about the experience gained by our graduates during their time with us on our Alumni pages on our English and Modern Languages websites
  • Read interesting employability facts about our English and French degrees on our Employability Facts and Figures pages on the English and Modern Languages websites

Learning & Assessment

Combining pleasure with learning
Combining pleasure with learning

An English and French degree at Southampton provides you with an excellent education in literature, language, and cultures in the wider European and international context. There are opportunities for creative writing, study abroad, as well as work experience in local schools. We are committed to providing a rich, rigorous, and above all enjoyable experience ensuring that you graduate as a confident, curious and independent self-starter equipped with the skills for a successful career.

  • Research-led teaching by English and Modern Languages academics who are passionate about their subject
  • Talks by visiting speakers from international universities and by successful professionals
  • Access to the Language Resource Centre's extensive collections of video and audio recordings, grammars and dictionaries, newspapers and magazines
  • An exciting range of assessment methods including speaking and listening exams, presentations, a year abroad investigative project, portfolios, and dissertations, as well as essays and exams
  • Specialist online learning resources for every module
  • Opportunities to learn another language from scratch, such as Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, Polish
  • An academic advisor to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress
  • Study at one of our partner universities under the Erasmus scheme during your year abroad
  • Opportunities to visit Chawton House Library and the former home of Jane Austen, as well as visits to galleries, museums, and theatres

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