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2023/24 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Modern Languages and English (French) (For students entering from September 2023 onwards)

Programme code:BAML/FR&EN-RUCAS code:Q3R1
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Chiara La Sala Contact address:M.C.LaSala@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

Overall grade requirement: ABB

A grade 4/C in GCSE English; IELTS 7.0 with no component less than 6.5

For post-A-Level language study, a grade B is required in the language of study

For beginner or intermediate languages, a grade 4/C GCSE in a modern foreign language is preferred.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Languages, Cultures and Societies:
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/SBS-Languages-Cultures-and-Societies-15.pdf
English: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/SBS-English-15.pdf

Programme specification:

The information on this page is accurate for students entering the programme from September 2023. For students who entered the programme before September 2023, you can find the details of your programme: BA Modern Languages and English (French)


- The distinctiveness, appeal and strength of University of Leeds Joint Honours programmes lie in the unusual combination of depth, breadth and flexibility which they offer, as well as in the exceptional range of degree combinations available;
- They permit students to study two disciplines, in depth and to degree level while acquiring a broader range of skills than is typically possible within a single honours degree;
- They are emphatically joint honours programmes, rather than integrated programmes: students can therefore make the links they choose from the wide choice of optional modules available within each discipline. Within certain parameters, they thus effectively make connections and devise pathways according to their own preferences, rather than being faced with a prescribed combination of modules chosen for them by others.
- The students must acquire the flexibility of mind and variety of learning techniques needed to switch between the two disciplines.
- A further element of distinctiveness is the flexibility of the programme structure, which allows joint honours students to change direction more easily, and more radically, than single honours students.
- Many of these programmes also allow the opportunity to undertake a work placement, field work or study abroad.
- The combination of English with the study of another language and cultural context allows students to explore cultural production in multiple cultural contexts, gaining deeper and more critical cultural insights alongside sophisticated reception and production skills in a major world language.

Aims of the Programme:

Research Skills:
1. Develop students' independent research and project management skills so they are able to undertake, with supervision, an autonomous piece of sustained research work (the Final-Year Project).
2. Develop advanced presentation skills in oral and written modes.
3. Develop analytical, critical thinking and reasoning skills.
4. Act with academic integrity and develop awareness of research ethics appropriate for the field(s) of study.

Language Skills and Intercultural Awareness:
1. Develop advanced language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
2. Develop an understanding of the vocabulary, grammar and registers of the language(s) studied.
3. Develop an understanding of the ways in which cultures interact.
4. Equip students to work and function effectively in another country.

Subject Knowledge:
1. Develop a general knowledge of the societies in which the target language is spoken.
2. Develop in-depth knowledge of aspects of literatures, cultures, linguistic contexts, history, politics, social and economic structures.
3. Equip students with the knowledge needed for a critical understanding of the field(s) of study.
4. Provide access to the critical and analytical skills for the study of English literature and (if selected) English Language modules.
5. Provide students with access to a broad range of English literature (and English Language issues, if selected) from a range of periods, including study of periods before and after 1880.
6. Acquire the knowledge and skills to be able to respond to the literary, cultural and socio-historical contexts in which literature is written and read.
7. Introduce students to key elements in the structure of English literature, and how to apply concepts of the history of English literature to the analysis of texts.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must ensure that they enrol on the correct French language pathway. Those students with prior knowledge of the language should ensure that they meet the pre-requisites for Advanced French - see Coursefinder for specific requirements.
Students are required to take 120 credits in Level 1. Students who have prior knowledge of French are required to take a minimum of 40 credits in French. Students who have no prior knowledge of French are required to take 60 credits in French. Students combining English with advanced French will have 20 credits of Discovery modules (which can also be taken as further optional modules in either of their main subjects). Students with no prior knowledge of French will have no space available for Discovery modules at level 1.

Compulsory modules:

Students must study the following compulsory modules:

ENGL1055Writing Matters20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL1065Reading Between the Lines20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL1150Worlds of Literature20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Students with prior knowledge of French (B1 CEFR) will be required to study the following modules:

FREN1010French Language Awareness and Skills (Common European Framework B2)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
FREN1020Introduction to French Studies (Resistance and Desire)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Students with no prior knowledge of French will be required to study the following modules:

FREN1012French for Beginners (A1 of the CEFR)20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
FREN1013Pre-Intermediate French (A2 of the CEFR)20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
FREN1023Ab Initio Introduction to French Studies (Resistance and Desire)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Students may also select options from the following English modules:

ENGL1070Drama: Text and Performance20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL1221Modern Fictions in English: Conflict, Liminality, Translation20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL1261Poetry: Reading and Interpretation20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL1855Race, Writing and Decolonization20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Students combining English with advanced French will have 20 credits of Discovery modules (which can also be taken as further optional modules in either of their main subjects).


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

At level 2, Students must study 120 credits. Students are required to take a minimum of 40 credits in each of their main subjects. Of the remaining credits, 20 should be taken in either English or their chosen language; the final 20 credits may be taken as Discovery modules or in either English or the chosen language. Please note that not all modules will be available every year.



In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at Level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at Level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Students must study the following compulsory modules:

ENGL2030Writing Environments: Literature, Nature, Culture20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL2045Body Language: Literature and Embodiment20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

In addition, students may also select 20 credits from one or two of the following baskets of English modules (up to 40 credits in total):

Basket 1:

ENGL2029Renaissance Literature20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL2085Medieval and Tudor Literature20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Basket 2:

ENGL2065Postcolonial Literature20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL2090Modern Literature20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Basket 3:

ENGL2095Other Voices: Rethinking Nineteenth-Century Literature20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL2096The World Before Us: Literature 1660–183020 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Basket 4:

ENGL2055American Words, American Worlds20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL2080Contemporary Literature20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Students who studied FREN1010 and FREN1020 in level 1 must study the following module:

FREN2010French Language in Contexts20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Students who studied FREN1012, FREN1013 and FREN1023 in level 1 must study the following modules:

FREN2017French Language Skills (B1/B2 of the CEFR)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
FREN2210Forms of Subversion20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Students taking FREN2010 will be required to study a minimum of 20 credits from the following optional modules

FREN2060Aspects of French History 1789-191420 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
FREN2080Laughter, Love and Chivalry: Society and Culture in the French Middle Ages20 credits 
FREN2090Politics and Society in France since 194520 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
FREN2120The Foundations of Modern French Thought20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
FREN2160Francophone Africa20 credits 
FREN2190The Age of Extremes: Culture, Crisis and Commitment between the Wars20 creditsNot running in 202324
FREN2200Cinema in France: The Seventh Art20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
FREN2260Black Atlantic: African and Caribbean Culture in French20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
FREN2320The Pleasures of French Poetry20 credits 
FREN2340Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French Fiction20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
FREN2350Introduction to Professional French Translation and Interpreting20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL2015Black Europe20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Students wishing to choose MODL2001 as one of their French options must take a minimum of 60 credits in French in Level 2 including FREN2015.

Students taking FREN2017 may choose to study up to 40 credits from the following optional modules

FREN1070Introduction to Skills in French Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
FREN2060Aspects of French History 1789-191420 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
FREN2200Cinema in France: The Seventh Art20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL2015Black Europe20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Students wishing to choose MODL2001 as one of their French options must take a minimum of 60 credits in French in Level 2 including FREN2015.

Discovery modules:

Students may choose to spend up to 20 credits of Discovery modules in a third subject or pursue additional modules in English or French.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students will spend this year of their programme in a country or region where the language of interest is used both in official contexts and as a daily means of communication. Where residence abroad involves studying at a University, a list of approved locations and institutions will be provided for you. Where you are able to choose a location, you must have this approved by the Year Abroad Tutor in your language area.

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to take of the following core residence abroad module. Please note that the appropriate Level 2 module(s) in the language needs to be passed in order progress to the Year Abroad.

FREN9001French Year Abroad120 credits 


Year4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. Students are required to take a minimum of 40 credits in English and in their chosen language. Overall, students must take 100 credits across their two subjects. The remaining credits should be taken in either of the named subjects or taken as Discovery modules. All students must take 40 credits as a Final Year Project module, which can be taken in – and count towards – either of their two subjects. Please note that not all modules will be available every year.

Finalists may only take Level 1 modules that are listed as Discovery Skills modules (skd) and only to the value of 20 credits.

In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at L2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at L3)

Compulsory modules:

Students must study the following compulsory module:

FREN3010Advanced French Language Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
FREN3010Advanced French Language Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Students are required to take ONE of the following Final Year Project modules:

ENGL3041Final Year Project40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3300Final Year Project: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3340Final Year Project: Extended Translation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary (Podcast)40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Students will be required to study between 40-60 credits in English. The number of credits you have available for options modules will depend on whether you choose to take your Final Year Project in English or your other subject. If you take your Final Year Project in English, you will be able to take fewer option modules in this subject.

Students may select from the following list of optional specialist modules, in accordance with the credit rules. This list is representative, and the modules available will vary from year to year.

ENGL2023Power of Language20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL2024Language in Society20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL3024Modern Literature20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL3025Postcolonial Literature20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL3026Contemporary Literature20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL3027Shakespeare20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL32111Gender, Culture and Politics: Readings of Jane Austen20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL32114Forming Victorian Fiction20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL32143Disposable Lives?20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL32148American Danger20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL32153Refugee Narratives20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL32154Prose Fiction Stylistics and the Mind20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL32155Crime Fiction Stylistics: Crossing Languages, Cultures, Media20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL32164Colonial and Postcolonial Migrations20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL32165Text is a Technology20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL32167Language of the Media20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL32169Contemporary South African Writing20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL3231The Poetry of Wordsworth20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL3233Forensic Approaches to Language20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL3245Jacobean Drama20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL32460Writing America20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL3266Folklore and Mythology20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL32660Creative Writing20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL3268Transformations20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL3284Trial Discourse - The Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674 - 191320 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL3286Fictions of Fallen Women, 1850-192220 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL3293Victoria's Secrets: Secrecy in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL3294The Politics of Language20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL32980African Literature20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL32993Romantic Lyric Poetry20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL32994Shakespeare's Histories20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL32996Byron and the Shelleys20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL32997Keywords: The Words We Use and The Ways We Use Them20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL32999Tragedy: Classical to Neo-Classical20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL3314Imagining Posthuman Futures20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL3321Angry Young Men and Women: Literature of the Mid-Twentieth Century20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL3342Millennial Fictions20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL3365Theatricalities: Beckett, Pinter, Kane20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL3384ExtraOrdinary Bodies: Disability, Medicine and Normalcy in Contemporary Literatures20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL3386Telling Lives: Reading and Writing Family Memoir20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL3394Bowie, Reading, Writing20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL3395T.S. Eliot20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL3396Fictions of the End: Apocalypse and After20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL3398Medical Humanities: Representing Illness, Disability, and Care20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL3410Modernist Sexualities20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL3439States of Mind: Disability, Cognitive Impairment and Mental Health in Contemporary Culture20 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL3680Postcolonial London20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL3999Literature of the 1890s20 creditsNot running in 202324

Students may study up to 40 credits from the following optional modules:

FREN3012Monuments20 credits 
FREN3073Theory and Practice of Interpreting (French and English)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
FREN3093Iconic Images20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
FREN3094The Kaleidoscope: Cultural Perspectives on Contemporary France20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
FREN3641The Algerian War of Independence: From the Colonial to the Post-Colonial20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
FREN3711Francophone Voices - Textual and Cultural Analysis20 credits 
FREN3751French Cinema, Sex and Gender20 creditsNot running in 202324
FREN3770Theory and Practice in French-English Translation20 creditsNot running in 202324
FREN3805French-English Translation Skills for Francophone Students20 credits 
FREN3865Paris in Revolt. The May 1968 events, past and present20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3200Representing the Holocaust: Transgression and the Taboo20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3600Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption20 creditsNot running in 202324
MODL3610Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3620Decolonial Approaches20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3630Social Movements across Cultures20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Finalists may only take Level 1 modules that are listed as Discovery Skills modules (skd) and only to the value of 20 credits.

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