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French and Portuguese BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: RR15

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


French and Portuguese are major European languages, also spoken in diverse countries around the world. This degree gives you the chance to build on your existing French skills while learning Portuguese from scratch – and you’ll develop your understanding of the cultures in which they are spoken.

Core modules will allow you to build your language skills, but you’ll also choose from an array of optional modules exploring literature, cinema, history, philosophy and socio-political issues. You could study medieval French romance, African and Caribbean culture in French, Latin American cinema or Portuguese literature. You could even try another language or develop practical skills like translating.

We can offer such flexible degrees because the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is large and diverse. At time of writing more students are studying Portuguese at degree level at Leeds than any other UK university and we even have the Portuguese government’s Camoes Institute on campus.

Specialist resources

Leeds offers great facilities for students of French and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies. The most exciting resources we have are the cultural branches of the governments of Spain and Portugal – the Cervantes and Camões Institutes have branches on campus, as does the cultural arm of the Catalan autonomous government, the Ramon Llull Institute.

The institutes seek to promote language teaching and greater understanding of Spanish-speaking, Lusophone and Catalan cultures around the world. Working with our degree programmes, they host many cultural events and academic activities for our students.

In addition, our fully-equipped Language Zone hosts digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). 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 take core language modules in your first year, consolidating your French skills and developing your knowledge of Portuguese. You’ll also take one of our Cornerstone modules to help you make connections between your two subjects, and have the choice of trying one of the many other languages we offer.

From that knowledge base, you’ll spend most of the following year improving your skills in both languages. You’ll also choose from optional modules covering the cultural, political and historical contexts of Francophone and Lusophone societies – Caribbean culture in French, Portuguese literature, modern Latin American history and Lusophone cinema are just some of the topics you could explore.

All of this will prepare you for your residence abroad – you’ll spend a term in Year 2 and the whole of the following year in a Francophone and a Lusophone country in order to gain first-hand experience of life in another culture.

When you return to Leeds, you’ll take advanced language classes in your final year and choose from an even wider range of optional modules, including skills like translating and interpreting. You’ll also apply the skills you’ve gained to an independently researched 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
Introduction to Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese Speaking Africa 20 credits
Portuguese Language for Beginners 1A 20 credits
Portuguese Language for Beginners 1B 20 credits

Optional modules

Introduction to Audio-Visual Culture 20 credits
Language: Structure and Sound 20 credits
World Histories 20 credits
Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application 20 credits
Politics, Culture and Society 20 credits
Worlds of Literature 20 credits
Discourse, Culture and Identity 20 credits
Catalan Language and Culture I 20 credits
A variety of beginner-level language modules

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Language in Contexts 15 credits
Portuguese Language Skills 15 credits
Term Abroad

Optional modules

Laughter, Love and Chivalry: Society and Culture in the French Middle Ages 15 credits
The French Language Today 15 credits
The Pleasures of French Poetry 15 credits
Francophone Africa and the Caribbean 15 credits
Linguists into Schools 15 credits
Culture and Society in the Portuguese-Speaking World 15 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Year Abroad

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Advanced Language Skills 20 credits
Advanced Portuguese Language 20 credits
Final Year Project

Optional modules

Antiracism in France since 1945 20 credits
Bilingual Liaison Interpreting 20 credits
Paris in Revolt. The May 1968 events, past and present 20 credits
From Bolivar to Chavez: Revolutionary Icons in Contemporary Latin American Culture 20 credits
Viva! Contemporary Film Industries of Latin America and the Marketing of 'Latin American-ness' 20 credits
New Media in Latin America 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read French and Portuguese 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 have a wide variety of expert tutors whose research informs their teaching. To help you benefit from their knowledge and experience, a range of different teaching and learning methods are used including lectures, seminars and tutorials, as well as workshops in some cases. However independent study is vital to the course, since this is where you build important skills.


Exams and essays are our most common forms of assessment, but some modules may also include group work or oral presentations as assessed components. We do offer plenty of support in these cases – you’ll be able to attend extra classes on topics such as public speaking and exam technique 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.

When 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 Portuguese allows you to communicate with people in a number of major global economies. In itself, that will open doors to a wide range of career paths.

You’ll also have valuable transferable skills that appeal to employers, such as presentation, critical, research and analytical skills. You’ll also be confident working independently or in a team, and spending time abroad will show that you are adaptable and resilient. Because you’ve juggled two subjects, you’ll have good organisational skills.

Graduates have succeeded in a range of careers. They’ve gone into the creative industries, business and finance, education, journalism, law, publishing and the charity sector. Others have pursued language-based roles in translating or interpreting, or progressed to further 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 a term of Year 2 and the whole of the following year in Francophone and Lusophone countries. It’s the perfect opportunity to surround yourself with 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 Portuguese Residence Abroad

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