French at A-Level aims to develop the language skills introduced at GCSE. A comprehensive review is made of all basic grammatical structures before setting out to study the more complex features of the syllabus. Reading, speaking and listening skills are developed equally with a view to ensuring you have rounded skills. All teaching will be done by a native French speaker to help you perfect your speaking skills.
French is taught through the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and the course modules provide the framework for these skills.
AS Units: Leisure and Lifestyles - travel and tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs, traditions, healthy/unhealthy living.
The Individual and Society - relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture, education, future careers and vocational training.
A2 Units: Environmental Issues - pollution, global warming, transport, energy, renewable energies, recycling. Social and Political Issues - role of the media, racism, immigration, social exclusion and integration, terrorism, world of work.
Why study French?
Learning another language opens up new opportunities and gives you perspectives that you might never have encountered otherwise. Personal, professional, social and economic considerations all point to the advantages of learning foreign languages. French is one of the official working languages of most international organisations. We offer the opportunity to build on skills gained at GCSE.
Classes are small and you can receive individual help and encouragement. You now also have the opportunity to study a film, a region and/or a book. Our pass rates in French have been constantly at 100% over the last 9 years. Apart from language study, you will also gain an insight into French society, culture and historical background through authentic material, videos, tapes and the Lecturer herself who is a native French speaker.
What else can you do on the course?
In the past, there have been visits to Manchester to see French films at the Corner House, Language conferences in Manchester, trips abroad and there will be now an opportunity to do work experience in the south of France.
To be considered for entry onto our A Level courses you should have:
Three Grade 5s (Bs) plus two Grade 4s (Cs) including Grade 4s in English Language and Maths plus a high average GCSE point score and any individual subject requirements.
French GCSE grade 5/B
French speakers are often in demand with businesses, particularly international companies. For this reason, each year, many of our students pursue their studies of French at university level and combine it with Linguistics, Law, IT, Business Studies, European Studies, Economics, Engineering or another language. They then take up careers in International Law, Journalism, Translation-Interpreting, the Diplomatic Service, Customs and Excise, to name a few.