French

It is increasingly important in a globalized 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 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 which is outlined below.

  • Course Outline
    • A level is a natural progression from GCSE. Throughout your studies, you will learn the language in the context of French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. You will study texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of your choice.

      The A level course is organised into topics:
      Theme 1: changes in French society including in the family, education and the world of work

      Theme 2: The music, media and festivals in French speaking countries

      Theme 3: immigration, racism and the rise of extremist parties in France

      Theme 4: France under the Occupation and the Resistance

      The course also covers the study of a literary work and a feature film.

      At the end of the course you will take three exams, which will test your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.

  • 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.

  • Trips and Events
    • 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.

  • Useful Links
  • Conversation sessions with a Language Assistant
    • As well as your lessons with your teachers, you will have a timetabled lesson each week with the foreign language assistant in smaller groups to focus on speaking and listening.

Entry Requirements

You can download provisional entry requirements for 2017 courses below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.

What our students say

I would STRONGLY recommend this course... the lessons and range of topics covered are very interesting.

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