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French and German BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: RR12

Start date: September 2018

4 years full time

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

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

Language requirements
IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


French and German are two of the world’s major languages, and each has a rich and varied cultural heritage. If you have A-levels in both languages, this degree will allow you to become fluent in French and German while gaining an understanding of the cultural, historical and political contexts in which they are used.

You’ll refine your language skills in core modules, which will also introduce you to French and German history and culture. Then you’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules, allowing you to follow your interests in the geography, philosophy, politics, literature, art, cinema and history of the Francophone and German-speaking world.

Our School of Languages, Cultures and Societies offers truly flexible degrees. You could study French and German history, medieval French romance, the German student movement or African and Caribbean culture in French. You could even try learning another language from the many we offer, or build skills in languages for professional purposes.

Specialist facilities

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 optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

Your first year will be spent refining your skills in writing, speaking, reading and listening to French and German, while optional modules will introduce you to key issues in modern German and French culture, history and translation. You’ll choose one of our Cornerstone modules, helping to bring your two subjects together. Then you’ll build on these skills in Year 2, working on your language skills to prepare for your time abroad and choosing from a range of optional modules on everything from German cinema to Francophone Africa.

The last term of Year 2 and the whole of the following year will be split between a German-speaking and a French-speaking country, boosting your language skills and giving you the chance to immerse yourself in local culture.

When you return to Leeds for your final year, you’ll be able to bring this experience into advanced language classes, including ‘applied language’ options in translation, interpreting or specialist language for professional purposes. You’ll also have an even wider variety of optional modules to choose from in both subjects, and apply the critical skills you’ve gained to an independently researched dissertation or project.

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
German Core Language 1 20 credits
IT for LCS Students 5 credits

Optional modules

Introduction to Skills in French Translation 20 credits
Introduction to Modern Germany 20 credits
Approaching German Culture 20 credits
Skills in German Translation 20 credits
Language: Structure and Sound 20 credits
Discourse, Culture and Identity 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Language in Contexts 15 credits
German Core Language 2 15 credits

Optional modules

The Seventh Art - Cinema in France 15 credits
The French Language Today 15 credits
Francophone Africa and the Caribbean 15 credits
Applied German Language 15 credits
The Shock of the New: Culture and Power in Germany from the Second to the Third Reich 15 credits
Freedom and Control: Identities in Crisis in German Literature and Film 15 credits
Linguists into Schools 15 credits

Year 3

Optional modules

Year Abroad 120 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Advanced Language Skills 20 credits
German Core Language 3 20 credits

Optional modules

The Art of Romance: Love, Marriage and Gender in Medieval France 20 credits
The Algerian War of Independence: From the Colonial to the Post-Colonial 20 credits
French Popular Culture 20 credits
Borders and Border-Crossings in Contemporary German Culture 20 credits
German for Professional Purposes 20 credits
German Utopian Thought in Fiction and Film 20 credits
Untranslatable? German Literature as an Object of Cultural Exchange 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read French and German 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

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods so you can benefit from the expertise of our tutors. These include lectures, seminars and tutorials, and occasionally even workshops. Plenty of support is on offer too – we have excellent library resources, and the University Library runs training programmes to help you get the best out of them.


Different forms of assessment are also used, including exams and essays, oral presentations, group work and portfolios. Throughout your degree, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on issues such as public speaking, exam technique and structuring an essay to help you handle these assessments.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB including A in French and A in German

  • 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 also be 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

    Please contact the Admissions Office.

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in French at Higher Level and 6 in German at Higher Level.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in French and H2 in German

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    Scottish Highers accepted in combination with Advanced Highers. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • 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: 80% including 85% in French and 85% in German.

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 AAC at A Level including A in French and A in German 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: BBB at A Level including French and German and pass Access to Leeds.


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

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

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. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

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 starting in the 2019/20 academic year 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 French and German from Leeds will equip you with skills in two major world languages, as well as an appreciation of the different cultures where they are spoken. Moreover, it will give you the chance to build skills in different areas, all of which are highly sought by employers.

You’ll be an excellent communicator with strong critical and analytical skills, and you’ll be confident working independently or in a team. You’ll have the organisational skills required to manage two different subjects, and spending time abroad will show that you are adaptable and resilient.

Graduates have been successful in diverse careers in the UK and abroad, including the creative industries, European institutions, law, business and finance, journalism, publishing, education and the charity sector. Others have gone onto postgraduate study, or further training to pursue careers in language-based roles like translating and interpreting.

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

Residency abroad

You’ll spend a term of Year 2 and the whole of the following year between a Francophone and a German-speaking country. It’s the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture while sharpening and refining your language skills every day. For many of our students, it’s the highlight of their degree.

You’ll spend a year in one country and a term in the other, but it’s up to you where you spend the longer period. On your term abroad you can complete a work placement or study at a partner university. In the year-long residence, you can also decide to teach English. Whatever you decide, you’ll gain a new perspective and valuable work experience.

Read more about French Residence Abroad

Read more about German Residence Abroad

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

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