French is spoken by people in more than 50 countries across five continents. France is our nearest neighbour and the favourite destination for British tourists. Studying French at AS/A2 level will equip you with the skills you need for effective written and spoken communication and give you an insight into the culture of this and other French-speaking countries. French combines well with a wide variety of other subjects at degree level, including Business, Law, Politics, Science, History and Tourism.
Course content and assessment
Topics for study are in the following categories: Media: Popular Culture: Healthy Living/Lifestyle: Family/Relationships. Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing: Written paper, 2 hours; 110 marks: 70% of AS, 35% of A level total mark.Students must: answer questions on 5 min of heard material; answer questions on selection of written texts; respond in writing to one of three AS topic-based questions. Available – January and June. Unit 2: Speaking Test: 35 min (inc 20 min preparation); 50 marks: 30% of AS, 15% of A level total mark. Students must: prepare and discuss AS topic from randomly selected stimulus cards; converse on three of the four AS topics. Available – January and June.
Topics for study are in the following categories: Environment: The Multicultural Society: Contemporary Social Issues: Cultural Topics (five options). Unit 3: Listening, Reading and Writing: Written paper, 2 ½ hours; 110 marks: 35% of A level total mark. Students must: answer questions on 6 min of heard material; answer questions on selection of written texts; respond in writing on one of 10 cultural topicbased questions. Available – June only. Unit 4: Speaking Test:35 min (inc 20 min preparation); 50 marks: 15% of A level total mark.Students must: defend a point of view on one A2 topic from two randomly selected stimulus cards; converse on two cultural topics of their choice. Available – June only.
You will require a GCSE pass in French at grade B or above. We will consider other candidates on an individual basis.
Where will this course take me?
The European Union is our largest trading partner and having good language skills will considerably widen your employment opportunities. In many employment fields such as Marketing, Finance, Tourism and Engineering, at least one modern language is a must. An A level in French is a valid qualification towards university entrance requirements.
Extending your experience
The course clearly lends itself to travel and communication within French speaking countries. You will be involved in the development of European links and may have the opportunity to undertake work experience abroad as part of your studies.