French, B.A.

French, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #44 (QS) ,
The Single Honours French course at Bristol allows you to achieve a command of modern spoken and written French to a high level of fluency and accuracy. It also allows you to study many original aspects of the society, culture, literature and linguistic history of French-speaking countries.


You will develop a thorough understanding of the rich diversity of the culture in France and elsewhere in the French-speaking world. As well as studying the literature and culture of France itself from the Middle Ages through to the 21st century, you will cover the literatures and cultures of the Francophone world of North Africa and other former French colonies. We offer popular options on French cinema, as part of a broader specialism in the relationship between literary, visual and musical cultures.

Why study French at Bristol?

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

The department has a strong intake of highly qualified and well-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 the third year. Some Bristol students choose to spend their time in France, while others choose more exotic locations such as La Réunion or Martinique.

Bristol is a very 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 multi-media centre.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      6-7 year(s) part-time. Part-time study over six or seven years with daytime, weekday teaching plus a period of residence abroad

  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • French Language (post-A-level)
  • Reading Literary and Visual Cultures in French
  • Shaping France
  • Arts in Contemporary France
  • Introduction to the Study of Cultures
  • Open Unit
Second year
  • French Language
  • Four optional cultural units (for example, Race in France, France 1940-44, Paris 1857-97, The French Novel)
  • One open unit, or other optional unit with a cross-cultural focus (choice of literature, culture or history)
Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year
  • French Language
  • Specialist language option (for example, French for Business, Interpreting)
  • Four optional cultural units (for example, Literature and Political Activism, Francophone Identities in the Visual Arts, The French Renaissance, Around Cubism).


The French course at Bristol will suit you if you have a love of language and a desire to explore the broader cultural contexts in which that language is used. We look for students with intellectual curiosity and a desire to open their mind to francophone culture of different periods from medieval to 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 live and work or study in another culture is perfect for you if you have a global vision.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): ABB including French
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): BBB including French
  • IB Diploma: 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 in Higher Level French
  • IB Diploma: 31 overall to include 15 points at Higher Level with 5 in Higher Level French
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. Applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning, usually with an A-level*. Distinctions may be required in certain units.
  • BTEC: DDM plus grade B in A-level French*
  • SQA: SH: AABBB and AH: AB including French
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
  • EB: 77% overall with 8 in French
  • International qualifications: Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: no specific subjects required.
  • Academic qualifications: *All applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning, usually with A-level French at grade B or above (or equivalent).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15200 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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