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French A Level at Poole High School

Course description

More than 200 million people speak French on the five continents. The Francophonie, the international organisation of French-speaking countries, comprises 68 states and governments. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the ninth most widely spoken language in the world. Learning the language will naturally increase your employability and your likelihood of living, and getting by abroad.

A-Level French is a highly-respected academic qualification that will equip you to converse confidently in a foreign language, but also enrich your knowledge and skills-base in English. It will also enhance your communication skills and will enable you to gain confidence with presentations and dealing with others. Furthermore, studying a language will provide a brainboost, as the problem solving skills required stimulate brain function and memory! 

Course content

  • AS: Media / Popular culture / Health / Family.
  • A2: Environment / Multi-cultural society / Contemporary social issues / 2 x cultural topics from an area of your choice (art, film, literature, history and geography). 

 

Which students do well at A-Level French?

• …those who would like to broaden their horizons and potentially live abroad.

• …those who would like to work for an international company or organisation.

• …those who would like to go to university and study languages, law, medicine etc.

• …those who enjoy challenge, adventure and being sociable beyond comfort zones!

Entry requirements

  • C in GCSE English
  • GCSE French – Grade B 

Assessment

  • AS: Media / Popular culture / Health / Family.
  • A2: Environment / Multi-cultural society / Contemporary social issues / 2 x cultural topics from an area of your choice (art, film, literature, history and geography). 

Financial information

Text books, tuition and course materials are provided free, however contributions are requested from parents for trips and visits that may support learning in school. Some students will be eligible for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, which is a government-provided fund for sixth form students facing financial hardship. It can help towards costs for travel, equipment (for example in PE or Food Technology), trips and books.

Future opportunities

As language learning is a social skill, this qualification will also provide you with the opportunity to make friendships with people that may not speak your own language. The advantage of studying a language is that most university courses will enable you to live abroad for a year so that you can learn not only through studying, but also through leisure and free time activities; socialising; joining sports or recreational clubs; watching films or television, and reading. It is not simply about theory; there is a practical application to all that you do. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Poole High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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