It is increasingly important in a globalised society to be able to speak more than just one language. So if you enjoyed GCSE French and are keen to be able to communicate in French better then this could be the course for you.
This one year course will enable you to:
- Communicate confidently and clearly and effectively in the French
- Develop insights into the France and potentially into any of the over 40 countries around the world where French is the main the language spoken.
- Study a subject that combines well with any AS/A2 subject and which will combine with many subjects at degree level really well.
- Develop the transferable skills that are highly valued by employers and universities.
- Immerse yourself in French by taking part in the exchange. You will have the opportunity to visit the Aquitaine region of France on an exchange trip. You will stay in a French family and even get work experience in a local primary school as well as taking part in trips to local attractions.
AS level is a natural progression from GCSE and many of the topic areas will be familiar to you. This will make for a smoother transition to AS and the topics are handled in a more mature and intellectually stretching way.
At the end of the course you will take two exams, which will test your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.
The AS course is organised into topics:
- Leisure and Lifestyles: Including travel and tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs and traditions as well as healthy living, health and nutrition, diet and exercise and unhealthy living, drugs, smoking and alcohol.
- The Individual and Society: Relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture, education, vocational training and future careers.
The A2 Level course builds on skills acquired at AS level. Grammar and vocabulary are reinforced and extended through the study of topics including:
- Environmental Issues: Technology, pollution, global warming, transport, energy, nuclear energy, renewable energies, conservation, recycling, sustainability.
- Social and Political Issues: The role of the media, racism, immigration, social exclusion and integration, terrorism, the world of work (employment, commerce, globalisation.)
At A2 you also study cultural topics through films such as Les Choristes and Intouchables.
Career opportunities and further study
Universities and employers value the ability to speak other languages. Many students continue their study of French as part of their university degrees. There is now a huge array of courses which combine French with subjects such as business and management, marketing, accountancy, law, engineering, sciences, IT, arts and music.
Many students choose to take up an Erasmus year abroad in France as part of their degree. Studies show that employment prospects are improved by having a second language.