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French AS & A Level at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

The course provides engaging and inviting opportunities for learners to build on their knowledge of French. It has been designed to give you a profound understanding of French and expand your cultural awareness. Not only will you know more about the mechanics of the language – like grammar and vocabulary – but also about how people live and use the language in France and in French Speaking countries around the world.

You will learn in a wide variety of ways, including pair work, group work, games as well as independent learning and the use of online interactive resources. You will need to work hard and learn independently. Regularly, you will get a variety of homework tasks to work on your four basic skills, widen your range of vocabulary and improve your understanding and use of grammar.

Course content

Being a young person in French-speaking society
Families and citizenship
Youth trends and personal identity
Education and employment opportunities

Understanding the French-speaking world
Regional culture and heritage in France, French-speaking countries and communities
Media, art, film and music in the French-speaking world

Diversity and difference
Migration and integration
Cultural identity and marginalisation
Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference
Discrimination and diversity
France 1940-1950: The Occupation and post-war years
From June 1940 – May 1945: occupation and resistance
The cultural dimension in occupied France – theatre, cinema
1945-1950 – The post-war years

Two Cultural topics
Study of a book and a film
 

Entry requirements

Usually you'll need five or more A*-C (9-4) grades at GCSE, including maths and English. A new grade scale is in operation for maths and English which is numerical. The equivalent to a B grade will be a 6 and the equivalent to a C grade will be 5 for entry requirement purposes.

To study French you must have a minimum GCSE grade B in French.

Assessment

The assessment comprises of 3 examinations (2 written and 1 speaking) at the end of two years' study.

The 3 components will cover:

Being a young person in French-speaking society
? Families and citizenship
? Youth trends and personal identity
? Education and employment opportunities

Understanding the French-speaking world
? Regional culture and heritage in France, French-speaking countries and communities
? Media, art, film and music in the French-speaking world

Diversity and difference
? Migration and integration
? Cultural identity and marginalisation
? Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference
? Discrimination and diversity
France 1940-1950: The Occupation and post-war years
? From June 1940 - May 1945: occupation and resistance
? The cultural dimension in occupied France - theatre, cinema
?1945-1950 - The post-war years

Two Cultural topics
Study of a book and a film

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

Apart from being beneficial at a personal level, your A Level in French can help with quite a few career paths. You could specialise in language with translation or teaching or maybe work in the travel and tourism industry. You can also combine a lot of subjects at University with French. Here are just a few examples: Art & French, Business & French, History & French, Law & French, Mathematics & French, etc.

Further information

At NULC, you will get a range of opportunities for trips and visits. We have a strong established partnership with a French sixth form in Limoges and we conduct regular projects and trips. Furthermore, you might wish to participate in the Staffordshire Limousin Experience, a family exchange programme or a week’s Work Experience in France.

How do I find out more?
Email the course leader, Michaël Lacoult, at: michael.lacoult@nulc.ac.uk

Visit our blog: http://nulc6fc.blogspot.co.uk/

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2016
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