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Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • GCSE French at grade 6 or fully bilingual in French

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The A-level French course will allow you to broaden your mind, to discover a world beyond your own culture, it will allow you to acquire a different way of thinking.

More than 200 million people speak French on five continents!!

You will be able to have an alternative view of the world by reading articles, listening to news clips from the leading French-language media.

You will be able to practice the four skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking through varied activities.

You will be able to develop an analytical mind through debates and discussions.

You will be able to write a perfectly structured essay.

More importantly: An ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the job market. A knowledge of French opens the doors to French companies and other French-speaking parts of the world.

10 good reasons to learn French

Abbie Kidner

Abbie Kidner

A-level French year one

Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

la famille en voie de développement

la cyber société

le rôle du bénévolat

 Artistic culture in the French - speaking world

Patrimoine

la musique francophone

le cinéma

dossier culturel (film) : La Haine

Assessment  mock exam year 1

Paper 1: listening, reading, writing paper. (1 hours 45minutes) 

Paper 2: writing paper (translation into French  and one film) (2hours) 

Paper 3: Speaking ( one stimulus card and the individual research project) (21-23 minutes) 

Sample speaking stimulus card

A-level French year 2 AQA exam board

Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

Positive aspects of a diverse society

The life of marginalised people

How do we treat criminals?

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

Teenagers and voting, political engagement

Strikes, protests

Politics and immigration

INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROJECT

for the speaking exam: you decide on a topic, you choose areas to focus on, make notes, develop the content.

CULTURAL TOPIC: French novel by Delphine de Vigan:

No et moi

Second Year Assessment exam 

Paper 1listening, reading, writing paper. (2 hours 30minutes) 

Paper 2: writing paper (2 essays one on the book and one film) (2hours) 20% of A-level

Paper 3Speaking ( one stimulus card and one individual research project) (21-23 minutes) 30% of A level

Progression

Many students have gone on to study French at degree level or combined with a wide range of other subjects. 

The Russell Group of Universities advises students to study at least two subjects at A-level from a list of facilitating subjects, one of them being French.

A foreign language qualification is also considered to be a most valuable asset by employers in a range of occupations.

Clara, a recent graduate who is now working in marketing, puts her job success down to her degree choice – French. "My language skills definitely made job hunting easier. Being able to speak French is a skill that I have over other graduates and being able to deal with international clients is a boost to my company."

Employability of Modern Languages graduates

In the job market, the ability to speak another language gives you the edge. The UK trades with over 200 countries worldwide and businesses are continually looking to expand globally- this is only possible if they can communicate internationally. As such, employers are constantly seeking out foreign language speakers. Figures reflect this - consistently showing Modern Languages graduates as having one of the lowest levels of unemployment six months after graduation.

A Modern Languages degree opens up a wealth of options for your future. Whatever career you choose your adept communication skills will be a big advantage.  

Graduates have gone on to successful careers: in the Civil Service, fashion, financial services, library and information management, heritage and culture, travel and tourism, advertising, retail management, sales and marketing, international recruitment, broadcasting, journalism, publishing, science and IT, voluntary organisations and charities. 

Language graduates after graduation

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Languages and employment

Languages and employment

Languages and employment

Excellent employability for Modern Languages graduates

Modern Languages graduates have high employment prospects with 90% entering work or further study within 6 months of graduation.

Multinationals and SMEs all need languages – only 27% of employers have no need for languages

(CBI 2011)

Employers are not always explicit about their language needs – they see languages as part of a wider skills package

Graduates with a language and international experience will have ‘an edge’

Halsbury work experience

Halsbury work experience

 Work Experience Abroad for A-level Language Students

This is your chance to join other A-level students from all over the UK, to discover new places, explore the French language and gain confidence and independence. Some of the destinations you could visit on a Work Experience Abroad trip to France include Lille, Metz, Nancy, Rouen, Avignon, Bordeaux, Montpellier and Nîmes.

These cities all boast a youthful, vibrant atmosphere and offer plenty of opportunities to explore the French culture, practise the language and, of course, socialise with your fellow students.

https://www.workexperienceabroad.co.uk/

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