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A Level French - Option B at Arthur Mellows Village College

Course description

Why should I study Modern Languages?

94% of the world’s population does not speak English as their first language. 75% do not speak English at all. We live in a multi-lingual world and UK companies are now realising that they need foreign languages to compete when trading internationally.

Your ability to talk freely in a language other than English will also enhance the enjoyment you get from travelling and make it easier for you to pick up a second or even a third foreign language. If you have an enquiring mind, a retentive memory and a real desire to communicate, languages are for you.

Course content

What will I do during the course?

The aim of the A Level course is to develop a range of practical skills which will help you communicate in the written and spoken language for a variety of purposes. Time is spent fostering an awareness and understanding of the cultural, social, commercial and political background of the countries where the language is spoken. The course offers enjoyment, intellectual stimulation and challenge.

Entry requirements

What qualifications do I need to start?

Students choosing to study French at A Level will be expected to have studied GCSE French and gained at least a B Grade in the higher tiered papers. Modern Foreign Languages is a traditional academic subject and studying at A Level requires students to apply themselves and have a strong work ethic.


How will I be assessed?

During both years of the A Level course your listening, reading, speaking, writing and translation skills will be assessed.

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Language skills are highly prized in the job market, not only for their practical applications but also as a proof that you have a good level of intellectual ability. According to recruitment agencies, salary uplift for those using languages at work can be anything from 8% to 20% depending on how central languages are to the role. If you have an A Level in a Modern Foreign Language employers value the key skills developed by language learners, these include communication skills, team work, interpersonal skills, presentation techniques, organisational skills and good learning strategies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arthur Mellows Village College directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years