French 1

Learn how to speak and understand French from beginner level and discover the diversity of cultures in the French-speaking world. You can take French 1 as a short course, or as part of the Certificate of Higher Education in French Studies or a BA degree.

We offer French language courses from beginner to advanced levels.

French 1 is also offered in intensive format with two classes a week on a Friday, 6pm-9pm, and a Saturday 3pm-6pm, commencing on Friday 6 October 2017. To take the intensive format, just enrol on the Friday 6 October 2017 class below. 

This course, leading to CEFR A2 (Elementary)/GCSE*, is for complete beginners. The 29-week programme will teach you how to speak and understand basic French. You will learn to speak and write at a basic level about yourself and your family, your home, your home town and everyday routines, your feelings, past events and future plans, the climate, people, clothes, culinary tastes, and visits to shops, restaurants or cinemas. You will learn to give directions and tell the time in French. You will also learn to speak about the environment, your friends, neighbourhood, job, countries you have visited, books you have read, how to make holiday bookings, or write a CV. You will be introduced to the French media (websites, newspapers, television and films) and learn how to give your opinion on TV programmes, films, books and news items. Classes will be conducted in French from day one.

* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Please note: this is only an approximate equivalence.

We operate a rolling application procedure and some courses fill up quickly. We encourage you to enrol as early as possible.

This short course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a certificate of higher education.

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months’ duration.
    • Courses of less than six months’ duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our three-year evening study BA/BSc/LLB degrees, as these are classified as full-time study and qualify for student visa status. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck’s part-time evening study degrees.

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Tue 03-Oct-17 6pm-9pm

Class location Central London
Class code AREL062S4AAA
Availability Availability limited

This class has already started. You can no longer enrol on this class.

First class: Wed 04-Oct-17 6pm-9pm

Class location Central London
Class code AREL062S4CAA
Availability Availability limited

First class: Fri 06-Oct-17 6pm-9pm

Class location Central London
Class code AREL062S4ZAA