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French A Level at St John Plessington Catholic College

Course description

Are you a linguist? Are you a good communicator? Do you enjoy travelling to new places? Are you interested in people and other cultures? Then you should be considering studying French to AS and A2 level! More and more universities are asking for a language qualification at GCSE for their courses, irrespective of your chosen career path.

In addition to lessons with your teachers each week you will have extra conversation classes with a native French speaker to improve your accent and the style of you spoken French. You will take advantage of the instant access to authentic materials that the internet affords us and use your language in real life situations.

There will also be the opportunity to travel to France to practise your skills and immerse yourself in the French culture.

The course is divided into 4 units, two studied at AS and two at Advanced level. You will develop and refine your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as revising and building on the grammar already learnt at GCSE to improve the complexity and fluency of your language.

Course content

At AS you will study various themes including:
- Media
- Popular Culture
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Family and Relationships

At A2 you will study the themes of:
- Environment
- The Multicultural Society Contemporary Social Issues
- Two cultural topics from the following; a region of France, French history, a French author, architect, painter or director.

Entry requirements

You must have at least a grade C at GCSE in French. There is no coursework element in French A level. We follow the AQA exam board.

Future opportunities

French is highly regarded and considered a ‘facilitating subject’ for the top universities in the country, regardless of the degree that you wish to study. It provides an excellent grounding for those wishing to progress onto Law and other traditionally ‘humanities’ subjects but also for Medicine and Veterinary Science as well as Business or Management.

The Advanced GCE in French can lead to further study of languages at degree level and can easily be combined with other courses such as Law, English, Business, International Studies or other languages that can be taken up at university such as Chinese and Japanese.

Current popular career choices for students of languages include Translation and Interpreting, Business, Journalism, Computing, Law, Publishing, Marketing, as well as Teaching, both in the UK and abroad. Linguists are sought after employees for many types of Business and Industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Plessington Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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