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English and French (Full-Time)

Why study English and French at Warwick?

  • Our School of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises excellent academic specialisms (French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies) and the Language Centre (whose offerings also include Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Portuguese), leading to a powerful combination of languages, research interests and degree courses.
  • The constituent academic subjects have consistently ranked among the very best in the UK in national and international league tables and are well known for their excellent scores in terms of student satisfaction. Modules and degree courses are under constant review, ensuring that they are fresh, effective and challenging. Some courses are open to students who are beginners or intermediate in a language.
  • You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:

- the University Language Centre, where there are opportunities to take extra language courses in addition to your main course of study (additional fees apply)

- the Transnational Resources Centre (TRC), giving you exclusive access to over 3,000 DVDs in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese plus multimedia facilities, satellite television with integrated off-air recording facilities, video-editing software (with technical support), and DVD projection equipment.

  • This course is partly delivered by the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, where you will be learning from experts at the cutting edge of their fields. A unique focus on Shakespeare draws on our proximity to the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. Other research strengths include world and comparative literature, creative writing, poetry and poetics, drama and performance, literary and cultural theory, religion and literature.

Dr Paul Prescott

English and Comparative Literary Studies

Dr Kate Astbury

French Studies

Jack Mercer

French Undergraduate

Why study at Warwick?

A view from our academics

What will I learn?

English and French (50% English, 50% French) will enable you to focus in a sustained way on two rich and diverse literary traditions, while also enabling you to develop your skills in French language. There is a core French language module in every year of study and, in your first year, core modules will also introduce you to French literature, English literature and comparative literature. In your second and final years all English and French optional modules are open to you. In your final year, you can choose to write a dissertation on comparative French and English literature. You will also spend a year in a French speaking country so your French language skills when you leave Warwick will be just as sophisticated as those of students who followed the French Studies degree. Demand for places on this course is high and students are usually highly motivated by the prospect of an intellectually challenging and satisfying degree.

Find out more about the degree structure and modules available via the department website.

How will I learn?

You will have around 12 hours of contact time per week. We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures, often to the whole year group; seminars of about 15 students, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written, spoken and lab-based language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading the primary texts, writing essays and working on your language skills.

How will I be assessed?

We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and
examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

You will spend the third year of your course abroad. We offer placements at carefully chosen partner institutions through the University’s study abroad scheme or through independent partnerships. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant, or to set up an independent work placement.

Entry Requirements

A level: AAB including grade A in A level English Literature and grade B in A level French.

International Baccalaureate 36 points including 6 in Higher Level English and 5 in Higher Level French.

Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Essential Subjects

All candidates must offer A Level or Higher Level qualifications in French and English Literature. English Language is acceptable in addition to Literature, but is not normally accepted as a substitute.

Further information

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Interviews We do not normally interview candidates for any of our degree courses but may do so if we receive an application from someone with ‘non-standard’ qualifications.

Department offer holder days Candidates will be invited to one of four departmental offer-holder Open Days once they have been offered a place. Open Days take place during the spring term. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.


What modules could I study?

We offer a wide variety of modules exploring French language, culture, society and history, as well as English Literature.

More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.

Please note: Course structure is indicative. Modules on offer change year on year, dependent on staff research interests and availability.

What careers can a Warwick degree in English and French lead to?

Our Modern Languages graduates have advanced linguistic skills, excellent intercultural awareness and highly
developed transferable skills, which are extremely sought after by employers.

Our graduates have entered fields as diverse as the media, the United Nations, company management, accountancy and finance, media and publishing, teaching, translating/interpreting, the civil service, law, travel and tourism, and arts and events management. Others choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level.

Examples of some of our recent graduates' careers include Assistant Producer, France 24 TV; Customer Care
Professional – German market, American Express; Fraud Investigator, Apple; Translator, The Lonely Planet; International Marketing Assistant, Next plc; International Graduate, HSBC Private Bank.

Recent English graduate destinations include Learning and Development Co-ordinator, CBRE; Students and Community Engagement Campaigner, Oxfam; Commission Assistant, Oxford University Press; Communications Internship, Institute of Economic Affairs; Equality and Diversity Policy Manager, Department for Work and Pensions.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAB including grade A in A level English Literature and grade B in A level French.
IB: 36 points including 6 in Higher Level English and 5 in Higher Level French.


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad

Department website

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies

Student blogs
Sophie Miller - English

Zoe Duffy - French

Juliette Bone - French

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.