An increasingly global world makes French a useful, relevant, lively and hugely rewarding subject.
French is one of the official languages of the United Nations and the European Union and it is spoken in over 50 countries by around 285 million people. Moreover, speaking a foreign language is one of the most sought after skills for employers.
Debates and discussions in the classroom will give you a broad perspective on a wide range of issues and topics, and you will also gain in-depth knowledge of France and French-speaking countries.
Topics will include social issues and trends, as well as the opportunity to explore cultural themes through film or literature.
Native speaking Foreign Language Assistants work in the Modern Languages department and are available to help and support you with small group conversation work. There will be the opportunity for you to take part in an exchange trip to Montpellier or Paris, and there is also a French Society which is run by students.
"I can’t recommend the French exchange enough! It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. It was really enjoyable and improved my French at the same time. I would choose French again because it is so rewarding". Izzie Chalmers, French student
All universities consider a modern language A-Level as a facilitating subject. And at Higher Education level you can choose from a variety of courses involving languages, as minor modules or a more significant part of a degree. You can do languages on their own or combine them with another subject such as History, Law or Business. Many university courses, including sciences, offer the chance to study abroad.
Whether you are studying sciences or humanities - a modern language is extremely useful both as a module or substantial part of your degree, and as an extra skill that you can add to your CV. Employers value people with language skills highly.