French A Level at Bilborough College
Renault, L’Oréal, Renoir, David Guetta, YSL, Daft Punk, Monet, Lacoste, Dior, Peugeot, Louis Vuitton, Edith Piaf, Lancôme, brie, Champagne, Citröen, croissants ... all from France! Being able to speak, understand, read and write French will help you immerse yourself in this wonderful culture. As well as being fun, and giving you a sense of real achievement, learning to communicate fluently in French can open out so many career opportunities to you. Bilborough College offers lessons to build your fluency and confidence, one-to-one conversational practice with our French assistant, and use of our specialist Sanako Language Lab so you can work independently on your speaking and listening. Here in the French department we like to think our students are not only learning a language, but nurturing a life-long skill.
We follow the WJEC exam board. Your first year (AS) provides a transition from GCSE, improving your fluency and confidence in French. Topics include ‘Relationships and Responsibilities’; ‘Free Time’; ‘Hobbies and Sport’; ‘Travel and Tourism’; ‘Gender Issues’;
‘Healthy and Unhealthy Living’; ‘Education, Training and Careers’; ‘Customs and Traditions’; ‘Youth Culture’ and ‘Entertainment’. Your lessons will give you opportunities to practise listening, reading, speaking and writing French and we’ll cover a wide base
of grammar. As well as four hours of formal teaching a week you will have 20 minutes with our French assistant to help boost your confidence in speaking French. You’ll also get the chance to take part in our annual French Exchange; we have links with a college
in Alsace and one in Bordeaux. The week will include a day in a French school with your exchange partner, a three-day work experience placement in a local nursery or primary school, and days out with your host family or other Bilborough Sixth Form College
The second year (A2) focuses on weightier themes. Topics include ‘Immigration’; ‘Wealth and Poverty’; ‘Globalisation’; ‘Terrorism’; ‘Environmental Issues’; ‘New Technologies’ and ‘Media’. You also explore your individual interests through French film and literature.
To study French at Bilborough, you need a minimum grade C or above in English GCSE, and more importantly, a minimum higher tier grade B in French.
Many of our students go on to study French at university, either as single honours or alongside another subject. A language combines increasingly well with other studies – for example many Science-related degree courses now offer students the opportunity to work in labs overseas. Similarly, some Law courses allow students to take options in European law and pursue placements abroad. Many French A-level students find it helps them get their university place or opens doors to their future careers. Employers will very often value your skills as a former language student.
"J’ai décidé d’étudier le français parce que je l’ai trouvé très intéressant et facile au collège, et j’ai pensé que ce serait assez utile pour la vie en général. Le français à AS Level est beaucoup plus difficile, je pense, parce qu’il faut apprendre
la grammaire plus en détail. Bien qu’il ait été un défi, je suis contente que je l’aie choisi. Je vais peut-être continuer le français l’année prochaine, mais sinon, je le parlerai et lirai toujours, parce que je ne veux pas perdre les compétences que j’ai
acquises cette année."
- Olivia Paige
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bilborough College directly.