What students say about french
I study French and Spanish at Strathclyde. The timetable is simple - I have around eight hours of classes a week, including an hour of French/ Spanish culture each week. We have oral classes, tutorials and lectures. The French and Spanish assignments are generally translations or reading comprehensions.3rd year, University of Strathclyde
I'm a foreign language student and I seem to have quite a lot of classes per week, whether they be lectures or seminars, language or literature. Most of the time we do written grammar work, although in our literature seminars we have to talk about books and make notes. We have to write literature essays of 1500 words. The different languages I study all assess me differently for the other elements, though. They all assess oral in a different way, some also assess reading ability or translation ability. They all assess writing, and none of them assess listening.1st year, University of St Andrews
Really interesting and engaging course! Really exciting range of optional modules available, it caters to all interests. Really good to have grammar lectures in first year - you suddenly find you can understand things or learn new things and everyone gets to the same level! Good range of type of work - different modules are assessed in different ways, so there's a good mix of essays, practicals and exams. Feedback is always helpful and detailed. FLC (Foreign Language Centre) is great - great to sit and work quietly, watch a foreign film, or learn a new language!1st year, University of Exeter
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
- English literature
- Any other modern language
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- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Language teacher
Other real-life job examples
- Business analyst
- Events manager
- Work experience coordinator
What employers like about this subject
European language and literature degrees can provide students with a range of subject-specific skills, including an understanding of the language and culture of the countries under study; the way that literature and language interacts with society and, of course, how to communicate effectively in the chosen languages. Students on these courses often take a year abroad in the country of study. Students of languages can also learn a number of useful transferrable skills including communication, time management, research and critical thinking and project management, and these skills are in demand from employers, including schools, translation services, accountants and advertising agencies.