French A Level at Heart of England Sixth Form
Studying a language at Advanced Level is an excellent choice. Languages are more important in today’s modern world than they have ever been because we live in a multilingual global society. Languages have a solid reputation with universities and employers alike. A level language courses tackle interesting and varied topics, developing a broad range of knowledge alongside your language skills. You should be interested in current affairs and enjoy working with a language (e.g. learning grammar and new vocabulary/structures on a regular basis). You must also have an interest in communicating your opinions to others as well as justifying and countering arguments across a wide range of themes.
Paper 1 - Listening, Reading and Writing
Paper 2 - Writing
Paper 3 - Speaking
There is open enrolment into the Sixth Form, but there are certain entry requirements. The criteria is as follows.
Each student will need to achieve a minimum average points score of 5.3 from his or her best 8 results, at least one of which should be in Maths or English Language. This average points score is based on the QCA points system which is as follows:
- A*=8, A =7, B=6, C=5, D=4, E=3, F= 2 and G = 1
This average can be made up of different combinations of grades for example:
- 4Cs, 3Bs & 1A
- 5Cs & 3Bs
- 6Cs, 1B, 1A
- 7Cs & 1A*
These are just examples of the grade combinations that would give students an average of 5.3 or higher across their best 8 grades.
GCSEs should include a minimum of Grade B in your chosen language, although a student with a GCSE grade C with an excellent attitude and desire to want to study languages may be considered.
Students are encouraged to subscribe to a foreign magazine and to read online Target Language newspapers. Students are also advised to watch foreign films regularly for independent study. DVDs are available to borrow from school or Warwick Arts screen foreign films.
After the AS course students will be able to use the languages they study for practical communications and A2 students will be able to continue their language studies at university should they so choose. Often for their degree course students combine their language with another subject such as Law, English or Business. You need languages for a variety of career: doctors, psychologists, physiotherapists, businessmen, bankers, entrepreneurs, politicians, geographers, historians and holiday reps, to name but a few.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heart of England Sixth Form directly.