French and Mathematics BA (Joint Hons)

  • Offers study abroad opportunities Offers study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunity to study for a year in China Offers a Year in China

Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: GR11
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Many students choose to bring together the study of a language with Mathematics. This Joint Honours degree programme lets you develop skills in both French language (from absolute beginners or post-A level) and mathematical reasoning. You will explore French literature, history and culture, as well as learn how to write mathematical arguments, formulate problems in mathematical terms and solve them, and learn about mathematical structures. The programme includes a year abroad in a French speaking country.

At Liverpool, French may be taken from A level or as a beginner’s language where no previous qualifications in the language are necessary. In the first year our vibrant programmes at advanced level will both refresh and extend your knowledge of French. If you are a beginner, our fast-moving programme will quickly take you to A level standard during the course of your first year.

In each year in Liverpool you will take 50% French modules and 50% Mathematics modules. You will spend one year in a French-speaking country, as an assistant in a school, doing a work placement or as a student at a university where you can study French and Mathematics.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

187 Year One undergraduates in 2018

Graduate prospects

96% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17)

Why this subject?

Take the first steps towards a brilliant career

Employers tell us that, alongside key problem solving skills, they want strong communication skills and the ability to work in a team, so we have ensured that these are integral to our mathematics programmes. As a result, we have an excellent graduate employment record. About a third of graduates become business and finance professionals; but there is a whole host of other careers which our graduates have found success in such as management training, information technology, further education or training (including teacher training), scientific research and development, and many more.

Shape your own degree from our wide range of study options

Our modules range from financial mathematics to fluid mechanics, from chaos to combinatorics. Students have the opportunity to study a broad range of topics or specialise in areas of interest. You can also benefit from the flexibility of our programmes and the ability to transfer between degrees during Year One.

Fulfil your potential in a supported environment

Our students benefit from the peer-assisted study scheme, where Year Two and upwards students assist first years with maths problems, as well as small first-year tutorial groups, a Department common room and a lively maths society help to foster a friendly and supportive environment. We are also proud of our record on teaching quality, with five members of the Department having received the prestigious Sir Alastair Pilkington Award for Teaching, the University’s top accolade for teaching quality.

Put maths into practice through our innovative outreach programme

We encourage all our students to get involved in our extensive outreach programme with schools in the Merseyside area and beyond. This is a particularly valuable experience for those interested in a career in teaching, but for all students it is a brilliant opportunity to build transferable skills. Activities include visits to a local school to help out with an interactive learning session, or giving a presentation at the University’s Maths Club. Further details can be found at mathsoutreach.com.