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French A-Level at Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College

Course description

You’ll want to be a confident communicator in French and want to engage with French culture and language. You will have enjoyed French at school and want to further develop your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. Many students of French go on to study at university, often choosing courses in the arts or humanities that make good use of their talent for communication.

At time of writing, the reformed subject specifications for A level French, for first teaching from September 2016 had not been released. What is clear, however, is that there will be an emphasis on students developing a knowledge and understanding of aspects of the society, culture and history of France / other French speaking countries. A key part of this will be the in depth study of two works, literary or film. The grammar essential for speaking and writing accurate French will be introduced and thoroughly practised; translation skills, both from and into French, will also be acquired. Students will also develop as independent researchers by means of an individual research project on a subject of personal interest, relating to a French speaking country.

You will be taught through a mixture of classroom based study and conversation classes. Nearly all of the teaching will be delivered in French to develop your fluency. You must make good use of the selfstudy resources available to you and develop autonomy as a learner. The opportunity for a prolonged stay in France may be provided via a study visit to Paris.

Entry requirements

Grade C or better in GCSE Maths and either: grade A* or A in GCSE English, plus at least 3 other C grades or better at GCSE or: grade B in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.2 or better from at least 5 GCSEs or: grade C in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.5 or better from at least 5 GCSEs.

Subject Specific

To study French at A level you will need to have a GCSE grade B or better in GCSE French.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 August 2016
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    • 1. Leave the M6 at Junction 36 and follow signs for the A590 and Barrow (33 miles).
      2. After 25 miles pass through Ulverston and then the villages of Swarthmoor and Lindal.
      3. At the third roundabout after this take the first exit, signposted Furness General Hospital and Furness Abbey.
      4. At the next roundabout take the second exit.
      5. Pass Abbey House Hotel on the left and take the first turning on the left into Rating Lane.
      6. The College is 400 yards down Rating Lane on the left hand side.