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French Language Enrolment Module, Stages 2-5

Learn how to speak and understand French from beginner level and discover the diversity of cultures in the French-speaking world. You can take this module as a short course or as part of the Certificate of Higher Education in Culture and Language (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish) or a BA degree

We offer French language courses from beginner to advanced levels:

  • French 1 (beginner level)
  • French Language Enrolment Module, Stages 2-5 (subject to placement test) (upper beginner level through to proficiency). 

French Language Enrolment Module, Stages 2-5 is the general enrolment course for all students wishing to study French 2, 3, 4 or 5. You will be asked to take a placement test to enable us to assess your current level of knowledge and place you on an appropriate course. Below is some information about what is studied at each stage.

After enrolling online, you will receive an email with a placement test and instructions about how to submit it. You can also enrol in person at the Student Advice Service or by phone on +44 (0)20 7631 6316. You should then call the Cultures and Languages Office on +44 (0)20 7631 6113/6170 and they will send you a placement test.

French 2 (Intermediate)

This 29-week course, leading to CEFR B1 (Intermediate)/upper AS level*, uses Alter Ego 3 as a textbook. You will learn to speak about your personality, how you relate to family, friends and colleagues, your consumer habits, using the internet, studies, work experience, your role as a citizen and environmental issues. You will be introduced to different French artists (painters, writers and designers) and their works, to the education and justice systems, to the Francophone world, French history and the different French media.

The course also focuses on French-language films. You will study both full-length feature films and extracts grouped thematically.

FRENCH 2 (INTERMEDIATE) INTENSIVE

This 14-week course, leading to CEFR B1 (Intermediate)/upper AS level*, uses Alter Ego 3 as a textbook. You will learn to speak about your personality, how you relate to family, friends and colleagues, your consumer habits, using the internet, studies, work experience, your role as a citizen and environmental issues. You will be introduced to different French artists (painters, writers and designers) and their works, to the education and justice systems, to the Francophone world, French history and the different French media.

The course also focuses on French-language films. You will study both full-length feature films and extracts grouped thematically.

French 3 (Upper Intermediate)

This 29-week course, leading to CEFR B2 (Upper Intermediate)/A-level+*, is aimed at developing your language skills in French (listening, speaking, reading and writing). You will learn to speak about your identity, roots, immigration, relationships, body and health, towns and their evolution (architecture, suburbs, environment), education, sports, travel, new technologies, work and unemployment, the economy, life's little pleasures (gastronomy, literature and art), beliefs, citizenship, politics, traditions, Europe and globalisation. A novel and its film adaptation will also be studied in depth.

FRENCH 3 (UPPER INTERMEDIATE) INTENSIVE

This 14-week course, leading to CEFR B2 (Upper Intermediate)/A-level+*, is aimed at developing your language skills in French (listening, speaking, reading and writing). You will learn to speak about your identity, roots, immigration, relationships, body and health, towns and their evolution (architecture, suburbs, environment), education, sports, travel, new technologies, work and unemployment, the economy, life's little pleasures (gastronomy, literature and art), beliefs, citizenship, politics, traditions, Europe and globalisation. A novel and its film adaptation will also be studied in depth.

French 4 (Advanced)

Leading to CEFR C1 (Advanced)/post-A-level*, this 29-week course further consolidates the development of oral and written skills, with an emphasis on appropriateness and accuracy. You will analyse a variety of authentic texts, documents and audiovisual materials, as well as producing original work in French. You will also make use of off-air TV recordings and the internet.

French 5 (Proficiency)

Leading to CEFR C1 (Advanced)/C2 (degree level)*, this 24-week course further consolidates the development of oral and written skills, with an emphasis on appropriateness and accuracy. You will analyse a variety of authentic texts, documents and audiovisual materials, as well as producing original work in French. You will also make use of off-air TV recordings and the internet.

The minimum exit language level for this module is CEFR C1 but students who perform at the higher levels of achievement can be taken to have reached CEFR C2 level.

Note: French 5 cannot be taken as part of the Certificate of Higher Education.

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

These courses can fill up quickly so you are encouraged to enrol as early as possible.

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level TBC

  • 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 full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. 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 courses (with the exception of some modules).

    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. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.