An average point score will be calculated from your GCSE grades. The required point score for this course is 4.25 from a minimum of 5 grade 4s or above. Additionally, grade 5 or above in English Language, grade 4 or above in Maths and grade 6 or above in French is required.
Despite the popular misconception that everyone speaks English, 75 per cent of the world's population do not, and as businesses are becoming increasingly international, there has never been such an important time in our history to learn a foreign language. Most employers value candidates with good language skills. A Level French will help you achieve that by giving you a sound understanding of using the language in a variety of contexts and situations. You will improve communication in French by developing your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.
The aim of this course is to develop your French language skills to an advanced level whilst exploring cultural aspects of French-speaking countries. We aim to open your mind to the fascinating aspects of the language, life and times of France and its people. There is an emphasis on giving you the grammatical understanding and the vocabulary to express and justify your own opinions in French and to move away from memorising phrases.
You can expect to:
- Read and understand texts
- Write extended essays
- Listen to and comprehend the spoken language
- Understand the key social and cultural aspects of France
- Express ideas and opinions about key modern issues in written form
- Talk about important issues in French
- Study a film in the first year and a novel in the second
French is usually studied with two or three other A Levels or Level 3 BTEC equivalents and combines well with most subjects but it combines particularly well with other languages such as Spanish or German or other courses in the Humanities, Languages and Literature Faculty, such as History or English Language.