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A Level French at Merchants’ Academy

Course description

Why should I choose French?

French is a native language for over 380 million people in Europe, Africa and North America. France has the 5th largest economy in the world, and is the wealthiest country in Europe in terms of total household wealth. Confidence in French opens the door to an enormous range of professional, social and cultural opportunities. And in October 2013 French was officially voted World’s Sexiest Language…

AS and A2 languages qualifications are amongst the most highly regarded by universities when considering applicants.

Languages degrees are in the top 5 degrees nationally in terms of graduate employment prospects. AS and A2 lessons offer excellent variety, and differ greatly from other subjects.

Much smaller classes than at GCSE level means more teacher time, more speaking opportunities, more support, faster progress.

Course content

4 modules at AS Level:

• Media

• Popular culture

• Healthy living

• Family and relationships


• One exam (2 ½ hours) to cover listening, reading, and writing

• One 15-minute speaking exam

Future opportunities

• Over 100 different types of degree course

• The chance to live, work, volunteer, or study abroad

• Travel in France, or one of the 28 other countries where French is an official language

• Hundreds of jobs in which knowing another language is essential, desirable, or useful

Further information

• Please direct your questions to any member of the MFL department, or visit:


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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Merchants’ Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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    • Merchants’ Academy Sixth Form aims to provide students with knowledge, understanding and experiences that are essential for the successful transition from school to university, employment or further training. We know that this is a critical time for students and we are committed to ensuring that our Sixth Formers leave the Academy with skills that will prepare them for adult life.

      We understand that each student has their own ambitions and aspirations; we want to help make these achievable, by offering support, guidance and courses that will enable our students to leave the Academy with qualifications that are held in high regard by universities and employers.

      We also want our students to have the opportunity to try new activities, meet new people, test their skills and capabilities and learn how to lead. We therefore offer a wide variety of enrichment activities to appeal to the different interests of all our students. We hope that they will leave Merchants’ Academy with a unique set of memories, knowing they have gained more than their academic qualifications. This helps to ensure their CV and UCAS application will stand out from the crowd. This, alongside the excellent careers’ guidance and our supportive tutor system, will mean that they receive the individual support necessary for them to be successful in their future.

      We know that post 16 students are faced with choices and decisions which will change their futures and shape their lives.