French A Level at Devonport High School for Boys
A language is considered, by universities and employers, to be a facilitating subject. Russell Group universities look favourably on students with a language at A level no matter what the course. An A level in a modern language shows, amongst other things, that you are an effective communicator and that you have embraced internationalism.
In year 12 you will study two themes:
- Travel and exploration
- Contemporary youth culture.
In year 13 there are a further two themes:
- Diversity and difference
- France: 1940 – 50; The occupation and post-war years.
You will continue to study the four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as building on grammatical knowledge and translation skills.
You will also study two works, one literary work and a feature film.
At least a B grade in GCSE French. A conscientious attitude is essential with regard to private study in order to widen your vocabulary and develop your ability to manipulate French.
In the modern, global economy knowledge of a second language is often integral to one’s everyday work and applicants for many posts in Europe are at a distinct disadvantage if they are unable to operate in at least two languages. If you decide to specialise in French, it could lead to a career in translation, linguistics or teaching. It is equally useful if you are thinking about a career in business, marketing, law or journalism. Indeed, there are companies in Europe who will no longer employ people who only speak one language.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Devonport High School for Boys directly.