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French AS at Swinton Academy

Course description

The study of A Level French will allow you to develop the knowledge and skills which you acquired at GCSE level and to experience the motivation and enjoyment of improving your linguistic level. It will help you to gain a useful insight into another culture. It will enhance your employment prospects and make foreign travel more satisfying. The topics studied at AS Level are: MEDIA - TV, advertising and communication technology POPULAR CULTURE - cinema, music and fashion trends HEALTHY LIVING - sport, exercise, health and wellbeing FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIPS - including friendships and marriage The topics studied at A2 Level are: ENVIRONMENT - pollution, energy and protecting the planet THE MULTI-CULTURAL SOCIETY - immigration, integration and racism CONTEMPORY SOCIAL ISSUES - wealth and poverty, law and order, scientific and technological progress A CULTURAL TOPIC OF YOUR CHOICE - the focus could be a region, a period of 20th Century history, an author, a dramatist or an artist. At both levels you will be assessed in listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs - A* - C including Maths or English Language GCSE Modern Foreign Languages (Higher Paper) - B or above.

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Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level course or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in French, which could lead onto higher education in French, Languages or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to French or Languages such as a Teacher, Translator, or you may wish to use your French to study or work over in France. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the travel and tourism sector. A modern language qualification opens the way to Higher Education and to working in a variety of fields; many not traditionally associated with a language, for example, marketing, engineering, tourism, banking, primary teaching and any career where international collaboration is involved. Languages are an invaluable skill to have. Having a language can increase your salary from 8 to 20% and gives you a head start on other potential employees as by speaking another language you’re vital to any company who does international business (and there’s a lot of them). Plus, a language is also a pre-requisite for lots of university courses so it’s something to consider if you’re thinking about uni in the future. Languages are the key to the new, exciting multinational world we live in; so don’t miss out!

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 14 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year