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Economics and French BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: RL11

Start date: September 2018

4 years full time

Typical A-level offer: AAA
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


This varied degree gives you the chance to explore economic issues in business, public life and society as a whole at the same time as gaining fluency in an important world language.

You’ll build your core French language skills while choosing from an impressive range of optional modules, allowing you to explore different aspects of Francophone culture, history and politics. At the same time, you’ll build a deep understanding of the issues affecting income, wealth and wellbeing worldwide.

A wide variety of topics will be open to you, from medieval French literature to political issues in the modern Francophone world, or from the economics of transport to international banking and finance. You could even work on translation or interpreting, as well as developing your mathematical and statistical skills. If you have an A-level in French, it’s a great opportunity to gain a broad base of skills that are very attractive to employers.

Leeds offers great facilities for language students. Digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) are all available in our fully-equipped Language Zone. There’s also an extensive lending library of foreign films and newspapers as well as other on-demand resources. Our Interpreter Training Suites also offer you the chance to explore a career in interpreting, and our Electronic Resource Information Centre houses specialised computing facilities to support translation studies.

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Course content

A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

In your first year you’ll consolidate your written and spoken French, while core modules will introduce you to key aspects of economics such as economic theory and global history, as well as the mathematical skills you’ll need. You’ll also take one of our Cornerstone modules that will help you make connections between the two subjects.

In the following year, you’ll build on this knowledge base with core modules in micro and macroeconomics, alongside a choice of optional modules allowing you to explore a diverse range of interests. Core language classes will prepare you for your third year, which you’ll spend working or studying in a Francophone country.

When you return, you’ll have a new perspective and valuable experience to inform your studies. You’ll take advanced language classes to refine your skills, but you’ll also choose from an even broader range of optional modules in both subjects including monetary policy and economic development.

You’ll demonstrate the skills you have acquired in a dissertation, where you’ll independently research a topic of your choice in French studies.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Language Awareness and Skills 20 credits
Introduction to French Studies (Resistance and Desire) 20 credits
Economics and Global History 10 credits
Economic Theory and Applications 1 20 credits
IT for LCS Students 5 credits
Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application 20 credits

Optional modules

You'll take at least one mathematics module, depending on your previous qualifications.

Introduction to Skills in French Translation 20 credits
Mathematics for Economics and Business 1 10 credits
Statistics for Economics and Business 1 10 credits
Mathematical Economics 10 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Language in Contexts 20 credits
Intermediate Microeconomics 10 credits
Introduction to Econometrics 10 credits
Intermediate Macroeconomics 10 credits

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

Politics and Society in France since 1945 20 credits
The Seventh Art - Cinema in France 20 credits
Black Atlantic: African and Caribbean Culture in French 20 credits
Introduction to Health Economics 10 credits
The International Economic Environment 10 credits
How to be a Successful Policy Economist 10 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Year Abroad 120 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Advanced Language Skills 20 credits
Final Year Project

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

French Culture and the First World War 20 credits
French as a Professional Language 20 credits
French Popular Culture 20 credits
Transnational Corporations in the World Economy 10 credits
Economics of Famines 20 credits
Current Topics in European Integration 10 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Economics and French BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and Leeds University Business School are both home to tutors who are experts in their fields. We use different teaching and learning methods, such as lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, so you can benefit from their knowledge.

However, we also emphasise independent study as an important element of your degree, since this is where you really develop your skills in research and analysis.


We also use different forms of assessment, including exams and essays. Oral presentations and group work may also be assessed in some modules. You will be able to find support throughout your time at Leeds – for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on topics such as public speaking, structuring essays and exam technique.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA including A in French.

excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

GCSE: 7/A in Mathematics

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may be required. Grade 7/A in Mathematics at GCSE is required. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • BTEC

    We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, D3, M1 including D3 in French.

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall including 17 at Higher Level with 6 in French at Higher Level and 5 in Mathematics at Standard Level.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 including H2 in French

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AA in Advanced Highers including an A in French and AABBB in Highers, or A in French in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers.

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 85% with 85% in French.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be AAB at A Level (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) including A in French and grade A in the EPQ.

We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: ABB including A in French (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

A Joint Honours degree in Economics and French will provide you with plenty of career opportunities.

Fluency in a major world language is valuable in itself, and can open doors into language-specific roles as well as work overseas. Moreover, you’ll have a deep understanding of economic issues, as well as transferable skills that appeal to all kinds of employers.

You’ll have strong numeracy, analytical and problem-solving skills, and you’ll also be a strong communicator with good research skills. You’ll be able to work both independently and within a team and have excellent cultural awareness.

This variety of skills has allowed graduates to enter a wide range of careers including business and finance, the civil service, law, journalism, the media, management and education. Others have pursued careers in language-specific roles like translating or interpreting, or gone onto postgraduate study or specialised training in these fields.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Residence abroad

You’ll spend your third year in France or another Francophone country, immersing yourself in local culture and cultivating your language skills.

We have partnerships with a number of French and Francophone universities where you could study, or you could undertake a work placement. You could even work as a language assistant in a school under the British Council’s programme.

Whatever you choose to do, you’ll gain a new insight into a French-speaking society as well as valuable experience of adapting to another culture. If you choose to work during your time there, you’ll also return with work experience to increase your appeal to employers. For many of our students, it’s the real highlight of their course.

Read more about Residence Abroad in French

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