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A Level French

Through a multitude of topics, you will learn to communicate at a sophisticated level in the language. At GCSE level, the emphasis is on knowledge of vocabulary and everyday transactions such as buying or ordering food and drink or telling your doctor about your aches and pains. In addition there are the various skills such as writing letters to pen-friends and understanding short texts and listening to brief, recorded items. At A level, the emphasis shifts to a much higher level where you are expected to offer opinions, to evaluate and to comment on key aspects of the country in which the target language is spoken. The vocabulary is accordingly at a more demanding level. French is an undoubtedly enjoyable course which enables students to explore in depth various aspects of the recent history, society, culture and, of course, language of the country.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?

This qualification offers a suitable progression route from GCSE, focusing on the development of all four language skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing. Grammar and the mastering of linguistic features are key elements of this qualification as is the inclusion of authentic written and spoken sources, responding through writing to literature and film, and independent research. Any student who has an interest in the language, culture and society of France and other French-speaking countries and communities, would be highly suited to this subject. Through preparations for the oral examination, students find that their debating and interview skills are greatly enhanced. Linguists are highly regarded by employers for their confidence in communicating ideas and presenting themselves; it is therefore a sensible choice if you are targeting Law, or Medicine Business Administration amongst many other degree courses.

A qualification in French offers a suitable progression route to further study at university level. The study of one language at GCE can facilitate and help promote the learning of other languages – skills which are lacking in the UK’s workforce. The qualification may also add to an individual’s employability profile, particularly for UK organisations trading overseas as well as with international companies based in the UK and globally. Students can progress to a wide range of careers in areas such as journalism and media, education, science, medicine, the civil service, sales, marketing, retail, and charities. After the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, knowledge of a major language such as French will prove a significant asset in an uncertain future.

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