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French AS/A Level at Brockenhurst College

Course description

France is a central member of Europe and is the third most important business partner with Britain. French is the official language of 23 different countries and is spoken by over 220 million people across the world.

By studying French you will not only increase your practical knowledge of foreign languages, but also your understanding of European and world culture. You will develop strong communication and analytical skills that will be invaluable in your studies and will give you the edge in your future career.

Course content

On the AS/A2 course you will develop your writing, speaking, reading and listening skills by studying a wide range of topics related to French culture and society. 

In your second year you will choose to study either a film, a book or a region of France which would usually link to other A Level subjects or area of personal interest.

There is also a significant emphasis on the study of French grammar.

Your speaking, listening, reading and writing will develop to a high level in this most popular foreign language.  French is used, as far as possible, in class and there are compulsory weekly conversation sessions with a native French speaker.  Modern France and connected topics form part of the course, and a work placement in France is offered each year. 

Entry requirements

French is available to students who have already studied the language up to GCSE and achieved at least a grade C in the Higher paper, although a higher grade at GCSE leads to greater success at AS Level.

Students must also have obtained at least a grade C or above in English Language.


Assessment is by listening, reading, writing and oral examination for AS, listening, reading, writing and oral examination for A2.

AS units are Prepared Oral Topics 40%, Listening, Reading & Writing 60%.

A2 units are Oral Exposé and discussion 40% Listening, Reading and Writing 60%.

Financial information

In addition students will have the chance to go on exchange visits to France. This is likely to cost approximately £300.

Costs: Students will be asked to pay up to £30 for text/grammar workbooks.

Future opportunities

Most universities now offer a wide range of Joint Degrees where French is often studied in conjunction with another language.  Joint Honours Degrees also increasingly combine French with other subjects, for example European Law, Journalism, Marketing or even Philosophy.  For those wishing to travel the world it is worth noting that French is widely spoken in Canada, Africa, parts of Asia and many islands in the Caribbean Pacific and Indian Ocean.

Recent Brockenhurst students have gone on to university to study French at Exeter, Warwick, Durham and Southampton universities and some combined these with Business Studies, Anthropology, Economics and Law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brockenhurst College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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