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French and International Relations BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: RLC2

Start date: September 2018

4 years full time

Typical A-level offer: ABB
(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 exciting and broad-based degree gives you a sophisticated understanding of how countries relate to each other, as well as fluency in a major world language.

Core modules will introduce you to topics such as security and international politics while building your written and spoken French skills. We also offer an impressive variety of optional modules, allowing you to pursue the areas of each subject that really interest you. You could even work on skills like translating or interpreting, and you’ll spend a year working or studying overseas to gain first-hand experience of a Francophone culture.

You could study topics as diverse as Francophone Africa, political theory, French cinema, terrorism, US foreign policy and the complex political issues of Pacific Asia. From the Algerian War of Independence to the rise of extreme right parties in modern Europe, this course balances cultural awareness and language skills with a fascinating insight into the forces that shape global politics.

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.

You’ll spend your first year exploring the key concepts and issues in international relations, considering the ways in which politics is conducted across the globe. You’ll also improve your spoken and written French and take one of our Cornerstone modules, which help you make connections between your subjects.

This will prepare you for the rest of your degree. You’ll balance core modules in language and the principles of international relations with optional modules that allow you to tailor your degree to your interests. You’ll be able to work on topics from political issues in Africa, translation and interpreting or politics and society in Israel.

You’ll spend your third year working or studying in a Francophone country, improving your language skills and immersing yourself in the local culture. In your final year, you’ll even demonstrate the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired throughout the degree by independently researching a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

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
IT for LCS Students 5 credits
Politics, Culture and Society 20 credits
Comparative Politics 20 credits
International Politics 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Language in Contexts 20 credits
Theories of International Relations 20 credits
Security Studies 20 credits

Optional modules

The Foundations of Modern French Thought 20 credits
The Age of Extremes: Culture, Crisis and Commitment between the Wars 20 credits
Black Atlantic: African and Caribbean Culture in French 20 credits
Introduction to Professional Translation and Interpreting 20 credits
British Central Government 20 credits
State and Politics in Africa 20 credits
Analysing Data in Politics, Development and International Relations 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Year Abroad 120 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Advanced Language Skills 20 credits

Optional modules

Bilingual Liaison Interpreting 20 credits
French as a Professional Language 20 credits
Gender, Sex and Cinema in France 20 credits
The Politics of national identity in the UK 20 credits
Europe in the World 20 credits
Crisis Diplomacy: Coercion, Sanctions and the Use of Force in International Relations 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read French and International Relations 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 wide range of teaching and learning methods so you can benefit from our tutors’ expertise. These include lectures, tutorials and seminars, as well as workshops from time to time in some modules. However, we also emphasise independent learning, since this is where you develop important research and critical skills.


A variety of assessment methods are also used in this programme. Exams and essays are among the most popular methods we use, but group work, oral presentations and case studies may also be included in some modules. We do offer support to help you handle assessments – extra classes on topics such as exam technique and public speaking will be available throughout your time at Leeds.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB including A in French.

  • 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

    M1, M1, M1 including French.

  • International Baccalaureate

    34 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in French at Higher Level.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 including H2 in French

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    BB in Advanced Highers including French and AABBB in Highers, or B 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: 77% including 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 ABC at A Level 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: BBC at A Level including B in French 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.

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 International Relations could be the starting point for exploring a wide range of ideas. You’ll be fluent in a major world language, and you’ll have an in-depth understanding of the global political landscape. Moreover, you’ll also have valuable transferable skills that appeal to employers in all industries.

As well as political, commercial and cultural awareness, you’ll be an excellent communicator with strong presentation skills. You’ll be able to think critically and analyse complex information before drawing your own conclusions. Spending time abroad will prove your resilience and independence, but you’ll also be confident working within a team. By juggling two different subjects, you will also have developed invaluable organisational skills.

Graduates have succeeded in careers like diplomacy, journalism, business and finance, education, the media, marketing and the civil service. Many have pursued language-based roles in translating or interpreting, or gone into postgraduate training in these areas.

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 universities in the region 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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