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French at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Modern Foreign Languages?

Studying Modern Foreign Languages at Runshaw means you will be taught by a team of highly experienced A Level teachers. Our teachers are very familiar with exam requirements and are committed to helping you achieve your very best.

You will work mainly in French, allowing you to take your language learning to the next level.

In the most recent college inspection, all our A Level Modern Foreign Language courses were awarded Grade One, indicating that teaching and learning in this subject is outstanding.

To help you achieve your goals, we offer you:

  • Outstanding examination results
  • Additional speaking practice in small groups
  • Collaboration with partner institutions abroad
  • Satellite TV and foreign language DVDs in our language media centre
  • Access to on-line language learning resources
  • Digital technology in classrooms

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 73% of students achieving A*-B grades.

What will I study?

Year 1 topic areas are:

  • Aspects of society: current trends in the French speaking world
  • Artistic culture in the French speaking world

Year 2 topic areas include:

  • Multiculturalism in the French speaking world
  • Political life in the French speaking world

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 5 equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.

For French specifically, this should include a Grade 5 in English Language AND a Grade 6 in French.


How is the course assessed?

External examinations take place at the end of Year 2 and assess competence in listening, reading and writing skills.
Speaking ability is assessed in a 20-minute unscripted speaking test, which accounts for 30% of the total mark.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

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

The study of a foreign language at A Level develops both your language skills and your knowledge of the country and its culture. With language study at A Level, the rewards are immense and you will have a skill which is highly sought after by employers. You will develop a skill which is much in demand in the international business world and global organisations. Additionally, you will be able to make friends with lots of different people who you would never otherwise meet. Languages really do have the power to change your life!

Where are you going?

  • Business Manager
  • Civil Servant
  • Interpreter
  • Lawyer
  • Publisher

Further information

Which subjects complement this A Level?

Languages combine well with all subjects, but are commonly chosen with:

  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • Law
  • Physical Science students often benefit from language study in view of the increasingly competitive international scientific community
  • Social Sciences

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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: 21 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LAFRENC

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