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Course overview


The degree is designed to be fully supportive to those who are new to university study, whatever your age. The French Studies Degree offers an in-depth, multidimensional knowledge not only of French language but also of French and francophone literature, culture, society, and politics. All classes are taught in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.


Entry requirements


Flexible entry requirements, consideration given for non-traditional qualifications, work and life experience. Applicants are normally interviewed by the course selector.

All applicants are required to have A-level French or an equivalent level of language.


Areas of study - level 4


While this degree offers flexibility, it is highly recommended that students complete 120 credits of Level 4 modules prior to Honours Level (5 and 6) study in order to prepare well for this.

The degree consists of 120 Level 4 credits followed by a further 240 Honours Level credits over subsequent years. The degree will take a minimum of five and a maximum of ten years to complete. Please note that the French department offers modules only during the day.

The degree also requires you to reside in France or in an approved French-speaking country for a total of at least four weeks by the end of your second year and a further six weeks by the end of your degree.

At Level 4, there are two core modules:

  • French Language I
  • The Story of Modern France


Areas of study - honours level


At Honours Level you will have to take two more core modules:

  • French Language II
  • French Language III

Up to two of the remaining six modules can be taken in other departments. We also have a number of cross-school modules open to you. The modules you take in French Studies can be full year-long modules or half-weighted termly modules which gives you a maximum amount of choice.
An indicative list of the modules offered at Honours Level include:

  • Postcolonial Literatures in French;
  • Literatures of the Great War;
  • French Cinema;
  • Modern French Thinkers;
  • Prelude to Revolution;
  • France and the World since 1945;
  • The Right in France, from the Dreyfus Affair to Le Pen;
  • Symbolism and Decadence in Fin-de-siècle Paris;
  • Modern Masterpieces;
  • Representations of the Holocaust;
  • Paris and Modernity;
  • Policing, Pacification, and Prisons: Coercive Governance in French Culture,
  • History, and Thought from 1925 to the present;
  • Modern Sexualities; Slavery and After: Writing the Francophone Caribbean;
  • The Left and the Trade Unions in France;
  • French Cinema and Society from 1990 to the present;
  • Politics and Violence in Modern France;
  • Animals in Medieval Literature;
  • Anarchist Culture in Belle Epoque Paris;
  • Occupation: Everyday life in Vichy France 1940-1944.

You can find out more about the modules available here


Teaching, assessment and study support


The degree is designed to be fully supportive to those who are new to university study, whatever your age. There are a variety of assessments and these may include coursework assignments, formal examinations, presentations and research projects. You can study between one and three 30 credit modules per year. You can expect to commit to around 10 hours a week for each module you take, which includes contact time and independent study. Tutors are experts in their field and have extensive teaching experience, including working with adult learners. Throughout your degree programme you will be provided with considerable support and guidance.


How to apply


Applications are now open. Apply here


Fees and funding


The University will charge Home students £1,540 for each 30 credit module in 2020-21. Fees for subsequent years of the course have yet to be confirmed.

See Student fees and funding for more information and view potential additional fees.


Location and times


Classes are on located on Main Campus, The University of Warwick. Times dependent on modules taken; please contact us for more details


Further information


*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change.
Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information and our Conditions of Offer document for more information on when you accept a place with the University.



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