You will benefit from an intellectually challenging and stimulating environment for your undergraduate studies, focused on ensuring you’re a fully supported and active learner. Our degrees are designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational development; a balance that’s highly sought after by employers in today's intellectual, professional and creative industries.
Your French studies are designed to give you an in-depth knowledge of the language and culture of France. We put an emphasis on small group teaching and encourage student participation. We produce confident, enthusiastic, articulate graduates with excellent potential for employment in the UK and beyond. You will follow the same language modules as those studying Single Honours French but choose fewer literary, cultural or political optional modules.
The Mathematics half of the programme is carefully designed to give you access to as many topics as possible. It will help you to develop many skills, such as the ability to formulate and tackle problems, to think logically, to use technical language and to express complex ideas clearly and accurately.
The degree programme is four years in length, and you will spend your third year abroad.
Why study this course
- Outstanding staff: Students give our staff excellent ratings: 93% of Mathematics and 92% of French Studies students agreed that they were satisfied with the quality of their course. Great teaching helps our students develop to their full academic potential. Our staff produce high quality research which directly influences their teaching.
- Superb employability rates: Amongst our students who graduated in July 2013, 87% of Modern Languages and 85% of Mathematics students and were in work or further study 6 months after graduation – 85% and 87% of those were in professional or managerial roles. Combing the complementary skills you will acquire in both areas of your degree will make you very attractive to employers. Read more in the employability section.
- Broad curriculum: You will benefit from an exceptionally broad and flexible curriculum. Choose from a wealth of French Studies modulescovering history, politics, culture, society, business, skills such as translation and so on, and Mathematics modules covering applied maths, discrete maths, statistics, number theory or numerical methods.
- Travel opportunities: All our language degrees involve time abroad – whether that’s on the European Cultural Tours or your Year Abroad, when you can choose to study, teach or work in another country.
- Active student language societies: Join our language student societies, our student magazine The UoB Linguist or MathSoc to develop your language and mathematical skills outside your teaching, make new friends who share your passion for your subjects and attend interesting and diverse extra-curricular events.
Read more about our strengths.
French Studies open day talks
[Video above - Dr Ursula Gonthier delivers an undergraduate open day talk about studying French at the University]
Joint honours open day talk
[Video above - Dr Craig Blunt delivers an undergraduate open day talk about studying Joint Honours at the University]
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
French: You will study 3 modules – French language, La France moderne (an introduction to French politics and history) and an Introduction to French Literature and Film Studies.
Mathematics: The first two years are carefully designed to allow you as much choice as possible in your final year. In the first year, you will cover Calculus; Vectors, Geometry and Algebra; and Mechanics.
French: As you progress into the second year of the course you follow core language modules, as well as specialist modules focusing on politics, culture, literature or film so you are increasingly free to tailor the programme to suit your own interests.
Mathematics: The first two years are carefully designed to allow you as much choice as possible in your final year. In your second year you will take modules in Multivariable & Vector Analysis; Linear Algebra; Probability and Statistics; and Algebra & Combinatorics.
The third year is normally spent following a programme of study at one of our many partner universities in France or Quebec.
French: You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of specialist language and culture options that are available in the final year. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a Dissertation module in either discipline, or combine both areas.
Mathematics: As you will have gained a thorough grounding in many aspects of Mathematics during Years 1 and 2, you will be able to choose from an incredibly wide range of final year modules, covering topics such as Continuum Mechanics, Partial Differential Equations, Liner Algebra and Programming and Game Theory and Computer Simulation
Fees and funding
Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: AAB
Required subjects and grades: A level Mathematics grade A. A level French grade B
International baccalaureate update
Please note that we have reviewed our policy on the IB Diploma for 2016 entry and our offers will now focus on performance in Higher Level subjects. For more information and details please read our 2016 IB Diploma requirements.
We welcome applications from international students and invite you to join our vibrant community of over 4500 international students who represent 150 different countries. We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.
How to apply
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