French

A degree in French from Bristol will enable you to achieve an excellent level of spoken and written French while providing the opportunity to discover the society, culture, literature and linguistic history of these fascinating countries.

Choose from an exceptional range of cultural units on aspects of French and Francophone history, literature, politics, linguistics and visual cultures, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Why study French at Bristol?

French is spoken by hundreds of millions of people around the world, including in Canada, Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, Polynesia, and other parts of Europe and Asia. Close European integration makes knowledge of French language and culture both necessary and rewarding, and Francophone countries offer diverse and stimulating cultures for study.

Our French department encourages strong synergy between research and teaching, resulting in a vibrant learning environment for our students, as staff respond to ground-breaking research. Our courses provide an enriching experience with exciting intellectual challenges, offering a wide range of options that build on a solid foundation year.

The department has a strong intake of highly qualified and motivated students every year and enjoys an outstanding reputation. All our French degrees last four years and include a period of residence in a French-speaking country on a work or study placement during your third year. Some Bristol students choose to spend their time in France, while others choose more exotic locations such as Senegal or Martinique.

Bristol is an exciting place to study arts and humanities, with a thriving cultural life, several art cinemas, concert halls and theatres, and a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Students in the department have access to a state-of-the-art multimedia centre.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

These courses will suit you if you have a love of French and a desire to explore the broader cultural contexts in which the language is used. We look for students with intellectual curiosity and a desire to open their minds to Francophone culture in different periods, from the medieval to the contemporary.

French has official status in more countries in the world than any other language except English. Advanced study of French, plus the opportunity to work or study in another culture, is perfect for you if you have a global vision.

How is this course taught and assessed?

You can study French as Single Honours, or as Joint Honours with one or more other modern languages or one of a range of other subjects.

You will be expected to engage with French language in all areas of study, participate actively in seminars and classes, and engage fully with cultural and social activities in the department. Learning is supported by online materials.

Language work is assessed through a variety of tasks including exams, with regular exercises in translation and essay writing as well as oral and aural practice in small groups.

Other units are assessed by coursework essays, presentations, extended essays or exams.

What are my career prospects?

A high proportion of language graduates find employment in jobs where their language skills and experience are advantageous. There are an increasing number of opportunities with international organisations where fluency in French and knowledge of French institutions and culture is essential.

Employers often value your international outlook as well as the excellent organisational and communication skills gained from these degrees. Our graduates have gone on to careers in publishing, the civil service and Foreign Office, journalism, the media, teaching, marketing, finance, consultancy and tourism.

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