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Spoken by more than 76 million people as their first language, with a further 100–200 million people around the world speaking French as a second language. French is the language most sought after by those UK employers looking for language skills.

British Council (2017), Languages for the Future

What's it like to learn French with the IWLP?

Read posts from former students on our blog. You can also read about how you’ll learn on an IWLP module and the reasons why you should take an IWLP module.

As a student of IWLP French, you may get the chance for some extra-curricular activities, such as weekly conversation clubs. There are also Study Abroad opportunities in France and Canada.

How do I sign up?

For detailed information, see our how to apply page. Credit students need to sign up via RISIS module selection. Non-credit students must submit the non-credit application form.

Placement test

If you have any previous knowledge of French, you must complete the placement test so that we can put you in the correct stage class. 

Language ladder

If your placement test suggests that your ability is already higher than the modules offered by the IWLP, or if you have already completed Stage 4, you might be able to enrol on one of the language modules offered within the degree programme, which are available as credit and non-credit options.

More information is available from the French Language Lead.

Modules available

LA1PX1-IWLP FRENCH 1

This beginner’s module is for students who have no prior knowledge or virtually no knowledge of French. This module will provide an introduction to French, concentrating on its use in familiar, everyday situations. Students will acquire a basic understanding of the language and the ability to communicate at a survival level.

French 1 module description

LA1PX2-IWLP FRENCH 2

This post-beginner module is for students who have some previous knowledge such as that acquired by taking IWLP French 1 (or equivalent) and can cope in common everyday situations using mainly the present tense. It includes revision of the basic grammar necessary for a sound foundation in the language.

French 2 module description

LA1PF3-IWLP FRENCH 3

This lower-intermediate module is for students who have some previous knowledge of French, such as that acquired by attending LA1PF2 or equivalent. Students will increase their ability to communicate in French through engagement with a range of socially relevant and interesting topics, such as media, nostalgia and the past and volunteering, and a short research project.

French 3 module description

LA1PF4-IWLP FRENCH 4

This intermediate module is for students who have previous knowledge of French, such as that acquired by attending LA1PF3 or equivalent. Students will increase their ability to communicate in French through engagement with a range of socially relevant and interesting topics, such as media, work and careers and food culture, and a short research project.

French 4 module description