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French A-Level at The McAuley Catholic High School

Course description

AXA, BNP Paribas, Danone, EDF, L’Oréal, Michelin, Orange, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Suez, Total… some of the world’s largest companies and leaders in their field have their headquarters in France, so it stands to reason that in the global economy French is an extremely important language. Furthermore, alongside English, French is the only language that is spoken on every continent as well as being both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts. French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture and a good base for learning other languages, especially Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian) as well as English, since fifty per cent of current English vocabulary is derived from French.

Entry requirements

Minimum of a grade B in GCSE French.

Future opportunities

French can be studied as a single degree course or combined with virtually any other subject. A number of our former students have gone on to study languages at degree level, often at Russell Group universities and usually in conjunction with other languages, including Spanish, Russian and Italian. Anyone choosing to study French at degree level would normally be expected to spend up to a year living and working or studying in a French-speaking country.

A knowledge of one or more foreign languages can be useful in a wide range of careers. For some jobs such as translating, interpreting, lecturing and teaching, language skills are essential. In other professions, including IT, law, finance, journalism and sales the ability to communicate in another language is a major advantage.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The McAuley Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

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