French and Russian, B.A.

French and Russian, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #44 (QS) ,
The Joint Honours degree enables you to develop post-A-level French knowledge and skills in language alongside Russian, either as a beginner or building on prior qualifications.


You will gain knowledge of the key approaches and concepts for linguistic, literary, cultural and historical analysis. In language classes, you will develop speaking, listening, reading, writing and translation skills, using a range of textbooks, media and internet resources.

The French course offers a broad range of French studies through the study of language, history, literature and culture from medieval literature to French cinema.

Students of Russian are introduced to a linguistic and cultural tradition, spanning some of Europe's most important writers, literary developments and ideological trends.

You will spend half of your third year in a French-speaking country and the remaining half a Russian-speaking country.

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

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

Programme Structure

First year
  • French Language
  • Reading Visual and Literary Cultures in French
  • Shaping France
  • Russian Language
  • Introduction to Russian History and Culture
  • Introduction to the Russian Novel
  • Contemporary Russia through the Media (Russian A-level entrants) or Extra language(beginners)
Second year
  • French Language
  • One, two or three optional units in French (choice of literature, culture or history:for example, Race in France, France 1940-44, Paris 1857-97, The French Novel)
  • Russian Language
  • One to three optional culture units, eg:
    • The New Soviet Man and his ‘Others’: Politics and Identity in Soviet Russia, 1917-1945
    • Orthodox Culture
    • The Nineteenth-century Russian Novel – ‘Hedgehogs and Foxes’
    • Czech
Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year
  • French Language
  • One, two or three optional units in French (for example, Literature and Political Activism, Francophone Identities in the Visual Arts, The French Renaissance, Around Cubism )
  • Russian Language
  • One to three optional culture units, eg:
    • Russian Thought on the Eve of the Revolution
    • The Cold War at Home: Soviet Culture and Society 1945-1991
    • Gender in Twentieth- and Twenty-first Century Russia
    • Post-Soviet Russian Prose Fiction
    • Dostoevsky


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.

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*. 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

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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