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French A Level at The Campion School

Course description

A2 Course Unit 3: Understanding and Spoken Response in French Unit 4: Research, Understanding and Written Response in French. The four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, familiar to students from their GCSE course, are developed in the AS and A2 level courses to a much higher level of proficiency. The ability to express oneself fluently, confidently and accurately in the target language is developed through the course. The Advanced level candidate will be able to converse on general interest topics in an informed and interesting way, using a wide vocabulary and complex structures, in keeping with the need to express opinion and judgement, as well as factual information. He or she will also write essays in the target language, demonstrating a wide and appropriate vocabulary and a confident grasp of grammatical structures. Comprehension will be demonstrated in a variety of ways, mainly in the target language. At A2 Level, there is also an element of translation from English to French. It is a particular aim of the course to stimulate the students' interest in aspects of France, through study of social and cultural topics and selected literary texts.

Entry requirements

To learn a foreign language to Advanced level requires daily contact with the language, in the form of newspapers, magazines, books, radio, television and the internet. Vocabulary must be learned, and a sound basis in the language at GCSE is essential. The department asks students to use language resources and facilities in school.

Future opportunities

There are few areas of work or professional life which do not have an international dimension. A qualification in a foreign language is therefore invaluable in helping students to find employment, whether in banking, the law, journalism, leisure and tourism, the Civil Service or teaching. There are many courses for which an Advanced level foreign language is a direct qualification for entry, including degree courses in the language itself or in studies relevant to the country. Many degree courses can now be combined with a language either as joint degrees or as part of the course, i.e. History, Geography, Art, Business Studies, European Studies, Politics, Sociology and English. In general, language qualifications are highly valued by admissions tutors and employers as evidence of hard work, intellectual aptitude, intercultural competency and international outlook.

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Campion School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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