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French A-Level at Kingsbridge Community College

Course description

What are Modern Foreign Languages at AS/A2 level?

This modular syllabus gives you a chance to build on the skills learnt at GCSE and study many aspects of the culture of the countries where these languages are spoken. The language is just the medium; through it you will study a wide range of topics, across a number of subject areas: (History, Geography, Art, Ethics, Politics, Health, Citizenship). You will gain an appreciation and understanding of Europe and the world.

Why choose Modern Foreign Languages?

A language is ideally linked to all subject areas whether you want to specialise later on in languages or not. A language is a perfect ’add-on’ for all students and is a highly valuable and marketable skill in the workplace. A Level language students have used their language skills, working in the Civil Service through to studies in Biology or careers with big international companies. Remember that you can now work anywhere in the European Union. A language can open up many doors.

  • Few people in Britain have language skills at AS/A Level and this will make you an asset in the work place.
  • Many Universities offer language modules alongside the main subject like Engineering or Business Studies. You may even be able to spend a year at a foreign University as part of your course. With a language, you can study over thirty languages at University, including Arabic, Chinese or Spanish ab initio.
  • The course allows students to develop key skills in communication, ICT, problem solving and working with others.

What kind of student is suitable for Modern Foreign Languages?  

This course will appeal to you if:

  • You want to take your language skills beyond GCSE without necessarily specialising in languages. AS Level in a language is a useful addition to many subjects.
  • You have an interest in other cultures, people and travel.
  • You enjoy discussing a wide range of topics.


  • Media (television, advertising, communication technology)
  • Popular culture (cinema, music, fashion, leisure)
  • Healthy living (sport, alcohol, drugs, smoking, diet, holidays)
  • Relationship (family, friendship, marriage/partnership)


  • Environment (pollution, energy, protecting the planet)
  • The multi-cultural society (immigration, integration, racism)
  • Contemporary social issues (wealth and poverty, law and order, impact of scientific and technological progress)
  • Two of the five cultural topics:-
  1. A target language speaking region/community
  2. A period of 20th century history from a target language speaking country
  3. The work of an author from a target language speaking country
  4. The work of a dramatist or poet from a target language speaking country
  5. The work of a director, architect, musician or painter from a target language speaking country

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grades A* - C including English and Maths. Students are expected to select a minimum of 4 AS subjects in Year 12 and continue to follow a minimum of 3 subjects to A2 in Year 13. 

You will need to have gained a grade A or B at GCSE. More importantly, speak to your language teacher before finalising your choice.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years