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French AS/A at Ormskirk School

Course description

The world is getting smaller! This means that in the 21st Century world of work we cannot ignore contacts in other countries. If you are buying, then you can probably conduct the business in English; if you are looking to sell something, then you will need to communicate in the customer’s language. Even if this is not French, your ability to learn a new language (eg. Japanese, Arabic, Russian) is greater if you have the language-learning skills which studying French after GCSE will give you. Course content The AS course builds on GCSE. Many GCSE topics (education, family, future careers, leisure) are further developed at this level; new and “more adult” topics (immigration, environment, mass media) are introduced. A wide range of up-to-date resources (newspaper and magazine articles, video and audio cassettes, a recently published text-book) are used to provide input on these topics and students are able to develop the written and spoken expression of their ideas and opinions. There are areas where we realize that students need plenty of support: there is a great deal of vocabulary to acquire and students are taught how to organize and catalogue this for revision purposes; the speed of the listening material is greater so students have opportunities for individual listening; the knowledge of grammar has to be more detailed so students have a grammar book. Activities in lessons may include surveys, brainstorming, interviews, comprehension grids, cloze tests and also some formal grammar teaching. Students are encouraged to work independently to consolidate the work covered: the necessary study-skills are introduced at the beginning of the course. SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Students wishing to study for this course should have a GCSE grade B or better in French. Students with a Grade C will be considered.

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 may begin a career directly linked to languages such as teaching or translation. You could also move into a career where you use communication skills like Marketing or Advertising. You would also be in a position to learn other languages not taught in schools (eg Arabic, Japanese, Chinese). 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. You could take this course with other advanced level course or equivalent to prepare for 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. The course will also 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.

Further information

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

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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