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French A-Level (AQA) at Harington School

Course description

A foreign language is a skill, and the ability to posess this is becoming increasingly important. Sectors where French plays a key role include commerce, leisure and tourism, education, banking and transport. Indeed many firms in the private sector are looking beyond these shores for markets to sell their goods. The integration of Europe is bringing countries closer together in terms of trade and industry.

Linguist are required in all EU languages in this expanding trading block. French is one of these key languiages, and at present Britain has a shortage of qualified linguists. Students will develop an understanding of French in a variety of contexts and will be able to communicate confidently and clearly for a range of purposes. Furthermore the course aims to deepen awareness and understanding of the society and culture of France. Students will also acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use and for further study and employment.

Course content

Building on the four language skills from GCSE (listening, writing, speaking, reading) the course will develop not only the quality of language used but the content. The course is taught through the social, cultural, historical and political context of France.

Entry requirements

Each year, Harington School offers 150 places in Year 12 to students who meet our admissions criteria. 


Our usual minimum requirements are:

  • Five GCSEs at grade B or abov
  • A*- C passes in Mathematics and English

There is an expectation that students will have achieve an A*-B grade in the subjects (or comparable subjects) that they wish to take at A-Level.

Future opportunities

There are many courses at university where you can combine languages with another subject, including business, law, teaching, travel and tourism. Speaking a foreign language will also improve your job prospects and career opportunities. Employers value language skills highly and language graduates are alway much sought after by employers.

Further information

Harington places a great emphasis on academic achievement and on providing challenging opportunities for personal development, through the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the individual Extended Project. These are essential when applying for the most prestigious universities. There will also be the opportunity to take the ABRSM grades in Music.

When choosing your A-Level subjects, you should take into consideration not only your personal strengths but also the requirements of any future courses you will wish to study post-18.

This is a very exciting time to join Harington School and our goal is to help you achieve the success you need to progress on to the next important stage of your education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2015
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