Did you know that French is spoken across all five continents? Do you want to increase your future employment prospects by being a highly sought after employee who can communicate with partners across the world? Do you want to expand your writing style, vocabulary and develop improved reasoning skills? Then A Level French could be for you!

The topics you study will build on your GCSE studies and ensure you move towards speaking French fluently. Topics you will study include:

• Education and employment in France or the French speaking world

• Family life in French culture

• Literature and film of France

• Media

• Equality and diversity in the French speaking world

• Immigration of France

• French History

• Young people and technology in France

• The Media and their influence in France

There will also be specific weekly grammar lessons as grammar is an important element of the A Level course, and is tested and practiced through translations, both from and to the target language.

To practice your speaking, there will be a 30 minute weekly slot with the language assistant where you can sit back, relax and practice what you have learnt in class with a native speaker.

Grade 6 in GCSE French. General entry criteria also applies.

Your learning experience will see you developing the ability to confidently communicate in written and spoken French with a high level of grammatical accuracy.

Each week you will spend half an hour with a native French speaker. This will help to ensure you put your learning into action, challenge your skills and give you real life experience of speaking your second language.

You will learn in a supportive learning environment where small group tasks will build your confidence, and our helpful teaching staff provide all the support you need to excel.

We have well established links with colleges on the continent, which offers you the chance to visit overseas destinations, including as part of an exchange programme.

The assessment is 100% examination. You will be tested through an oral assessment (30%), listening, reading and translation (50%) and writing (20%)

Naturally, learning a second language can significantly support your career prospects internationally. France is one of the UK’s largest European trading partners, and the British Council has highlighted the ability to speak French will be a huge asset to companies post-Brexit.

Studying French sees you developing your linguistic and reasoning skills, and it has natural links to many areas such as Philosophy, Religion and Ethics and Psychology. There are so many degree options where French is an asset such as Law, Teaching, Journalism or Communications.

Good to Know

French is spoken by 74 million people worldwide.  A British Council report found that 49% of employers would actively recruit someone who could speak the language.

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Zoe Wolstenholme

Mathematics at The University of Durham

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