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French A Level at South Cheshire College

Course description

Why study French?

Learning another language opens up new opportunities and gives you perspectives that you might never have encountered otherwise. Personal, professional, social and economic considerations all point to the advantages of learning foreign languages. French is one of the official working languages of most international organisations. We offer the opportunity to build on skills gained at GCSE. Classes are small and you can receive individual help and encouragement. You now also have the opportunity to study a film, a region and/or a book. Our pass rates in French have been constantly at 100% over the last 9 years. 

Apart from language study, you will also gain an insight into French society, culture and historical background through authentic material, videos, tapes and the Lecturer herself who is a French native speaker.

What else can you do on the course?

In the past, there have been visits to Manchester to see French films at the Corner House, Language conferences in Manchester, trips abroad and there will be now an opportunity to do a "work experience" in the south of France.

Course content

French is taught through the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and the course modules provide the framework for these skills.

AS Units:

  • Leisure and Lifestyles - travel and tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs, traditions, healthy /unhealthy living.
  • The Individual and Society - relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture, education, future careers and vocational training.

A2 Units:

  • Environmental Issues - pollution, global warming, transport, energy, renewable energies, recycling.
  • Social and Political Issues - role of the media, racism, immigration, social exclusion and integration, terrorism, world of work.

Entry requirements

Generally, a minimum of 2 GCSEs grade B and 3 grade C, including English and Maths, but applicants will be considered on a case by case basis., , To study this course you will need a GCSE grade B in French.

Future opportunities

French speakers are often in demand with businesses, particularly international companies. For this reason, each year, many of our students pursue their studies of French at university level and combine it with Linguistics, Law, IT, Business Studies, European Studies, Economics, Engineering or another language. They then take up careers in International Law, Journalism, Translation-Interpreting, the Diplomatic Service, Customs and Excise, to name a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Cheshire College directly.

Last updated date: 17 August 2016

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    • South Cheshire College is situated in Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe and is ideally positioned for easy access. It is on major bus routes and is less than a 15 minute walk from the mainline railway station in Crewe. Junctions 16 and 17 of the M6 motorway are both only a 15 minute drive away and Manchester International airport is just 45 minutes away by rail or road.