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French AS AQA 2650 at Sandown Bay Academy

Course description

Why learn foreign languages? 1) They help you to develop the skills and to acquire the knowledge needed to learn other languages better in the future – you never know where life/jobs might take you ( lifelong learning) 2) They allow you to find out about the customs and culture of the target-language’s country. This will make you better-equipped for personal or business contact with a broad range of people. 3) You will be in a better position for lots of jobs as business and trade become global. Although English is widely spoken around the world, you will create better relationships and get better service if you make the effort to communicate in your host’s/client’s language. 4) Language-study helps you to develop both sides of your brain. You have to combine: creativity; the ability to recall and apply rules and patterns; empathy; decision-making based on visual, aural and contextual clues, in order to communicate your own ideas and understand and react to those of others. 5) 94% of Earthlings do not speak English as their mother-tongue, 75% do not speak English at all! 6) 57% of Science, Manufacturing and Engineering firms use foreign languages on a regular basis 7) There are well paid careers for Linguists with the UN, MI5, Banks, Film/Music Industry, to name a few. Why study French? French is ; - the second international language. - widely spoken in Africa and the Far East. - the language of culture and diplomacy. France is one of our nearest European neighbours, a major trading partner, one of the Founder Members of the E.U. and a popular destination for tourists in both Winter and Summer. The practical nature of the course will help you to enrich your knowledge of and skill in English. You will also improve and extend your powers of analysis, reasoned argument and presentation. Facility in foreign languages broadens your opportunities for work at home as well as abroad, helps you to meet and communicate with other nationals in both social and professional contexts. Knowledge of foreign languages is a distinct asset in many branches of Teaching, Engineering, Industry, Commerce, Law and the Civil Service. Language-study is a natural complement to History, the Arts, Sociology, Media and English. AS Units: These combine to provide up to 50% of the A-Level marks. Two Units are tested. One is via a mixed-skills paper, requiring proficiency in Listening, Speaking and Writing. The other is an Oral Exam.

Entry requirements

Standard 6th form entry is 5 GCSE A*C passes, including English Language and Maths. GCSE Grade B in French is required

Future opportunities

SUGGESTED SUBJECT COMBINATIONS: Language study goes well with Sociology, History, Art, Business Studies, Leisure and Tourism, English and Sciences. You could take this course to complement other advanced level course or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in French, which could lead onto higher education in French, Languages or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to French or Languages such as a Teacher, Translator, or you may wish to use your French to study or work over in France. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the travel and tourism sector.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandown Bay Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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