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French - A-Level at Pendleton Sixth Form College

Course description

French is spoken as a native language by over 80 million people in many countries including Belgium, Canada, Switzerland and France.  With many companies now operating around the globe, French continues to be important to businesses and is the language most sought after by UK employers looking for language skills (49%), helping you to get that dream job.  Teaching takes place in a well-resourced language laboratory, making learning amore fun and interesting. All of the teachers in the department are experienced language specialists, have a passion for culture and language and will inspire you to become fluent in French very quickly. 

Course content

In year one you will build on your success from GCSE level. You will study language skills that will be practiced and developed using the most authentic materials and latest technologies available. The course will be based on the social issues and trends in France and French-speaking countries. This will include families, youth trends and education, as well as political, intellectual and artistic culture (festivals, media, art, film and music). You will also study a film or literary work. 

In year two you will have the opportunity to consolidate your language skills further. Topics will include diversity and the occupation of France and post-war years, as well as the study of a French film and a French literary work. You will be able to improve your linguistic fluency and confidence through additional weekly one to one sessions with our foreign language assistant.

Entry requirements

3 Bs/5s and 3 C/4s at GCSE 


You will complete a variety of listening, reading, speaking and writing assessments.

  • Component one - speaking (30%)
  • Component two - listening, reading and translation (50%)
  • Component three - critical response in writing (20%)

Financial information

Full time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who are EU citizens

Future opportunities

In addition to studying languages for teaching or translation and interpreting, knowledge of a foreign language is also a great assest for a range of careers such as business, the arts, travel and tourism, media, journalism, marketing, accountancy, finance, law and IT. Modern foreign language A Levels are considered a facilitating subject by Russell Group universities.

You can combine many subjects/degrees with French at university. French is the most frequent language offered for study at Higher Education across all four nations of the UK, with 70 universities offering degree courses in French

Further information

You will have a mentor who ensures that your qualifications fits your requirements and offers the skills needed for a job.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 September 2018
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