Linguistics is the study of how language works – how it is structured, used and understood. This degree allows you to build your understanding of the ways in which humans communicate and combine it with skills in a major world language. If you have an A-level in French, you’ll be able to build your language skills through core modules, and you’ll also be introduced to the main principles of linguistics. But because our School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is so large and diverse, we can offer flexible degrees with a wide range of optional modules so you can follow the topics that interest you. You could study topics such as language acquisition, discourse analysis, or phonetics – the study of how speech is physically produced – alongside linguistic variation in Francophone countries, translation or interpreting. You could take an even broader approach and explore aspects of Francophone culture, from medieval French literature to contemporary French political issues.