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French and Mathematics BSc (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: GR11

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 £19,500 (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 degree allows you to become fluent in a major world language while gaining a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts and principles. If you have an A level in French, it’s a chance to combine two very different subjects to build a broad base of skills.

Core modules will develop your language skills and introduce you to algebra, modelling, calculus, vectors and other key areas of mathematical studies. But you’ll also be able to choose from optional modules covering the full range of Francophone culture and mathematical topics and you’ll even spend a year in a Francophone country.

You could combine geometry with French poetry or antiracism movements in post-war France with statistics. This Joint Honours programme represents a fantastic opportunity to develop linguistic ability, cultural awareness, analysis and numerical skills in a demanding and multi-faceted degree.

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 Centre. 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 specialist 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.

Core modules in your first year will consolidate your French language skills and introduce you to mathematical concepts such as calculus, linear algebra and modelling. Once you have developed that solid foundation, you’ll spend the following year improving your spoken and written French and choosing from a range of optional modules, covering mathematical topics from logic to fluid dynamics and various aspects of Francophone history, culture and politics.

With your enhanced language skills, you’ll be well placed to spend your third year in France or another Francophone country, working or studying while immersing yourself in another culture.

Then when you return to Leeds, you’ll refine your spoken and written French in advanced language classes while benefiting from an even more impressive selection of optional modules in both subjects. You could gain a sophisticated understanding of topics as broad as translation, interpreting, gender and sexuality in French cinema, special relativity or Bayesian statistics to name a few.

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
Calculus and Mathematical Analysis 10 credits
Numbers and Vectors 10 credits
Introductory Linear Algebra 10 credits
Modelling with Differential Equations 10 credits
LCS Academic Essentials 5 credits

Optional modules

Introduction to Skills in French Translation 20 credits
Introduction to Geometry 10 credits
Probability and Statistics I 10 credits
Probability and Statistics II 10 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Language in Contexts 20 credits
Vector Calculus 15 credits

Optional modules

Laughter, Love and Chivalry: Society and Culture in the French Middle Ages 20 credits
The Foundations of Modern French Thought 20 credits
Francophone Africa and the Caribbean 20 credits
Introduction to Professional Translation and Interpreting 20 credits
Rings, Fields and Polynomials 10 credits
Environmental Statistics 10 credits
Introduction to Markov Processes 10 credits
Mathematics into Schools 10 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Year Abroad 120 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Advanced Language Skills 20 credits
Final Year Project

Optional modules

Bilingual Liaison Interpreting 20 credits
Francophone Cinema - Postcolonial Images 20 credits
The Algerian War of Independence: From the Colonial to the Post-Colonial 20 credits
French as a Professional Language 20 credits
The Mathematics of Music 10 credits
Mathematical Biology 15 credits
Stochastic Financial Modelling 15 credits
Bayesian Statistics 10 credits

For more information on typical modules, read French and Mathematics BSc 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

Our tutors in both subjects are experts in their fields, and their innovative research informs their teaching. To help you benefit from their knowledge and experience, we use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. The most common methods are lectures, seminars and tutorials but workshops are also used occasionally in some modules. Some maths modules will also involve practical classes.

However, independent learning is crucial to both subjects of your degree, since this is where you consolidate your learning and develop valuable analytical and research skills. This will involve reading widely and practising your language skills, as well as completing regular problem sheets.


We also use a variety of assessment methods, which usually include exams. Course essays are also used in relevant modules, but oral presentations and group work may also be included. In-course assessment can account for a proportion of the marks in certain maths modules.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB including A in Mathematics and 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

    D3, M1, M1 including D3 in Mathematics and M1 in French

  • International Baccalaureate

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

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in French and H2 in Mathematics

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AB in Advanced Highers including A in Mathematics and B in French and AABBB 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: 80% including 85% in French and 85% in Mathematics.

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 AAC at A Level including A in Mathematics and 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: ABC at A Level including A in Mathematics and 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: £19,500 (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.

Dean’s Excellence Scholarship

The Dean’s Excellence Scholarship will be awarded to UK and EU undergraduate students on Single and Joint Honours Mathematics degree programmes who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement.

Find out more on the School of Mathematics Scholarships page.

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Career opportunities

Fluency in a world language can be the key to a range of language-based roles, as well as working overseas. A Joint Honours degree in French and Mathematics combines that potential with transferable skills from two disciplines that will make you very attractive to employers.

You’ll be a clear and effective communicator, with strong research skills and cultural awareness. You’ll also have analytical and problem-solving skills and be comfortable working in a team. Spending time abroad will demonstrate that you are independent and adaptable, and you’ll have organisational skills from managing two subjects.

Graduates have gone on to succeed in a wide range of careers within and beyond the UK. They include business and finance, accountancy, computing, education, charity work, the media and the civil service. Others have gone into language-based roles in areas like translation or interpreting, or pursued 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

Residency 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 France where you can decide to study the equivalent of your course alongside French students or take an intensive language course for learners of French. Alternatively, you can undertake a work placement with one of our partner French speaking companies, or set up your own placement. You can also 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 abroad, 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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