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French A Level at Calderstones School

Course description

Learning a second language not only has cognitive and academic benefits, it is also supports a greater sense of openness to- and appreciation for – other cultures. French is an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking, which is a valuable skill for discussions and negotiations. More than 220 million people speak French on the five continents and the ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market. Studying French will allow you to have a greater appreciation of French cultural contributions; it will enable you to have a better understanding of your native vocabulary and will certainly broaden your travel experiences. As the working world rapidly progresses and becomes more globalised, knowing a language is a necessity, it will make you more employable. You will develop the ability to comprehend French in a range of contexts and to communicate readily in the target language for a variety of purposes. You will acquire a useful knowledge of and insights into French- speaking cultures, contemporary and historic as well as valuable skills for foreign travel, further education and employment. To help you learn, you will have the opportunity to practise your spoken French individually every week with our French assistant. The purpose of studying French at advanced level is to develop your skills beyond GCSE so that you can use and understand a much wider range of language. At GCSE you learn the language you need to talk about yourself and to cope with a visit to France or a French speaking country. At advanced level you will expand this range of language so that you can talk about things that are happening in the world and learn more about life in the countries where the language is spoken.

Entry requirements

This course is particularly suitable for students who have studied GCSE French or Spanish to at least grade B standard and who wish to study a modern foreign language at a higher level.

Future opportunities

Linguists are the second most employable graduate category after medics. Studying a foreign language at university can lead to work in international business, law, management, marketing, publishing, journalism and living and working abroad.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 November 2016

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