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French AS & A Level at King George V College

Course description

French is one of the very few languages spoken all over the world, with more than 220 million French speakers worldwide. French is Europe’s second most widely spoken mother tongue.

At KGV, all A level French lessons are delivered in French, enabling you to develop fluency and excellent communication skills. In your first year, you study a host of exciting, contemporary topics such as digital technologies, music, film and media, sport, healthy living and relationships.
In your second year, you study French literature in addition to contemporary topics and current affairs.

As a traditional academic subject, French is valued by Russell Group Universities. It also opens doors to a wide range of careers, from Marketing and Journalism to International Law, Business and Politics.

Course content

Some modules you will study include:

  • Media
  • Popular culture
  • The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the French-speaking world
  • Education and employment
  • Customs
  • Traditions
  • Beliefs
  • Religions

Entry requirements

An interest in, and passion for languages and other countries is essential. It’s also important to be confident when speaking. Organisational skills are also key, as are commitment and the drive for memorising vocabulary and manipulating grammar. However, we do develop these attributes during the course, so the essential entry criteria are enthusiasm combined with a good level of ability in a modern foreign language at GCSE.

Future opportunities

French could open doors to a rewarding and well paid career in a sector such as translation, interpreting or teaching. As an interpreter, you could work as an essential member of a diplomatic team, whether at the UN, NATO or at embassies through the Foreign Service.

However, there are also many other industries where you could use your linguistic expertise, such as journalism, travel and tourism, transport, food, media, Diplomatic Services and marketing, to name but a few.

You could attend a French university, work at a consulting firm, be a journalist, run a bank, or become an international human rights lawyer. The opportunities are endless.

Further information

All A level French lessons are taught in French by a near native speaker. We offer personalised learning and conversation sessions in addition to timetabled lessons. There are a wide range of exciting enrichment activities available, including Languages Club and a French Music and Film Club, in addition to a trip to France.  During the year, there are also trips to see French films, plays and music.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King George V College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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