French Studies and Spanish Studies

BA Hons

  • UCAS code RR14
  • Entry year 2025 or 2024
  • A level requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years


Top reasons to study with us

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  • 9

    9th for French and German

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  • Study or work overseas during your international placement year

Why Lancaster?

  • Benefit from our contemporary approach to teaching languages as inseparable from the cultures, histories and societies in which they are spoken.

  • Learn foreign languages to internationally recognised benchmarks.

  • Learn about French-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities from around the world.

  • Immerse yourself in your target language with an international study placement or work experience.

Join our international community. Take part in extracurricular activities such as our language lunch clubs. Stand out to employers with one of our languages degrees –a badge of excellence in both language ability and intercultural understanding.

A pioneering approach

During our course, as well as developing high-level language skills, you’ll develop a thorough understanding of Francophone and Hispanophone cultures. You’ll consider the society, politics and history of the languages you’re speaking.

You may have studied both French and Spanish to A level. In which case, consolidate your skills with our Advanced programmes. But if you’d like to pick up French or Spanish again having only studied them for GCSE, or have never studied them before, you’ll advance quickly with our Intensive Beginners programme. Our degree takes you to C1/C2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference.

Your international placement

Spending your third year abroad is an invaluable opportunity to develop your language skills while immersing yourself in the social and cultural life of local communities.

Choose to study in your target language at one of our international partner universities. Or gain experience on a work placement - past examples include the Chamber of Commerce in Madrid and a communications agency in France. You could also work as a language assistant in a school or college. Whatever route you choose, we’ll help you prepare in our special second year employability module.

Beginners Languages

Studying a language from beginners level is somewhat intense in nature so we only allow students to study one language from beginners level. Please bear this in mind when looking at our first year module options. If you apply to study a degree with a language from beginners level, your optional modules will only include higher level languages and modules in other subject areas.

You can find some examples of optional modules in the Course Structure section below.


Our programme is about much more than just learning the language. As well as developing your cultural knowledge, we focus on helping you develop transferable skills. As a result, your degree will equip you for a language-related career but also for a wide range of other career paths.

Employers are increasingly recognising that an aptitude in languages also demonstrates important interpersonal skills and intercultural understanding.

Our graduates have gone on to specialist careers in sectors such as

  • teaching
  • translation
  • civil service
  • international business
  • sales and marketing
  • journalism and publishing
  • project management
  • community engagement

Others decide to stay at Lancaster to take our Master’s in Translation or opt to undertake other Master’s degrees before taking up doctoral and post-doctoral humanities and interdisciplinary research.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level ABB

Required Subjects A level French and/or Spanish. Native French or Spanish speakers will not be accepted onto this scheme.

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in French HL and/or Spanish HL

BTEC Considered alongside A level French and/or Spanish

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via

International foundation programmes

Delivered in partnership with INTO Lancaster University, our one-year tailored foundation pathways are designed to improve your subject knowledge and English language skills to the level required by a range of Lancaster University degrees. Visit the INTO Lancaster University website for more details and a list of eligible degrees you can progress onto.

Contextual Offers

Our Contextual Offer Scheme recognises the potential of applicants whose personal circumstances may have impacted their exam results.

Contextual offers

Course structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.







Fees and funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2025/26 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2024/25 were:

Home International
£9,250 £23,750

Fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for students starting in 2025 are not yet available. You can use our scholarships for 2024-entry applicants as guidance.

Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2025/2026 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

More information on limits to the University’s liability can be found in our legal information.

Our Students’ Charter

We believe in the importance of a strong and productive partnership between our students and staff. In order to ensure your time at Lancaster is a positive experience we have worked with the Students’ Union to articulate this relationship and the standards to which the University and its students aspire. View our Charter and other policies.

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