French is used on a daily basis by around 280 million people across the 5 continents and is the 9th most spoken language in the world. It is also the official language of many international organisations which are often based in French speaking cities such as Geneva, Brussels and of course Paris.  It is also a language which has always been appreciated for the beauty of its sounds and the variety of its structures.

The study of French gives you access to a rich culture for which France is known for. Finally as France is the world’s first tourist destination, being able to speak and understand French allows you to enjoy the French lifestyle – ‘l’art de vivre à la française! -  as well as communicate with the extraordinary variety of people and places in metropolitan France and in the French speaking world. 

At Keele we offer 10 levels of French, from absolute beginner to post-A-level, available to all students and staff.

See the module catalogue for the descriptions of:

Semester 1
Semester 2

French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4

French 5

French 6

French 7

French 8

French 9

French 10


We also run an exchange programme with IDRAC Business School, offering students on our language modules the chance to get first-hand experience of language and culture during vacation periods – see Residential Summer Language Courses.

Keele Students

If you choose a Modern Language module as a free-standing elective within your undergraduate degree programme there is no additional cost.

If your principal programme does not allow you to take any free-standing elective modules you can still enrol on one language module per semester free of charge.  Equally, if you can only choose one free-standing elective per year you can take a second module in the same language without additional charges.

Module number caps apply for all modules. Enrolments for language modules as electives counting towards degree credits will be given priority over those wishing to take the module outside their 120 compulsory study credits (‘additional module’). Any places remaining on modules after day 2 of the new academic year will be allocated to additional module applications on a first-come basis. 



Undergraduate students

As explained above, there is normally no additional cost for taking a language module. An additional module fee of £275 will be applied only if you wish to study more than the above allocation of credits (e.g. if you wish to study two languages simultanously or use your elective credits for another module).

Postgraduate students

We are pleased to offer our PGT and PGR students free places on our language modules (subject to availability after undergraduate enrolment). If you would like to take a Modern Language module please download the application form.

Please contact the Language Centre office ( who will be happy to advise on any of the above.

Keele Staff

As part of Keele's international strategy, the Language Centre offers free places on credit-bearing language modules to staff (subject to availability after student enrolment).

Improved career prospects

You will increase your employment prospects.

Additional qualifications

You have the opportunity to gain an extra qualification alongside your degree.

Enhanced experience

You will develop communicative as well as linguistic skills and a better understanding of other cultures.

Increased choice

You have a wide variety of languages and courses to chose from.

And it's fun!

You have the chance to learn in an atmosphere which is professional but also relaxed and enjoyable.

You may choose to enrol for one semester only or take a number of modules for more systematic language learning and the opportunity to achieve an Enhanced Degree Title or a record of achievement on your HEA report.

The Language Centre offers up to 10 levels (stages 1 - 10), from absolute beginner to post A level. It is important to select the appropriate level based on your previous experience. To help you decide please click here for a helpful guide or contact our administration team ( who will be happy to discuss this further with you.

These stages are comparable to the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) for further details please see Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Times for classes are dependent on the Keele undergraduate timetable and may be any time between 9.00 am and 7.00 pm Monday to Friday. Times will be available from the beginning of each semester.  Please note that a number of language classes will be timetabled on Wednesday afternoons to avoid clashes with core modules.

Every effort is made to minimize timetable clashes for students. However, as each language module caters for students from all years of study and all three subject timetable blocks this is not possible in all cases. If an unresolvable timetable clash occurs your core module takes priority.

What our students say

Here's what some of our previous students had to say about our French Modern Language modules:

"I have enjoyed this module very much and the tutor is fantastic."

"I thoroughly enjoyed French 8 and looking forward to continuing my learning in French 9."

"The only reason I won't continue with my language learning is because I'm graduating this semester."

"The audio feedback was very useful to help on my pronunciation and grammar."

"Language learning at Keele is of a very high standard; keep up the good work!"

"Have really enjoyed it, relaxed atmosphere and good quality teaching and has been beneficial."

"Good feedback to creative writing by written corrections and voice. A good range of online material used."

"The tutor is an excellent teacher; he is a big reason for students carrying on French. I took French 5 in Semester 1 and I am glad I have chosen to continue French 6 this semester."