In this course you learn to speak French confidently and understand much about French-speaking culture. With a second European language you stand out from the crowd. Universities and employers appreciate that this is a challenging course and value your commitment to it.
You need to have a minimum of five GCSEs, two at grade 6 and 3 at grade 4. A grade 7 in GCSE French is also needed.
Although Modern Languages are not always a direct route into a job in the same way that study of Law might be, the skills gained are highly valued by employers in jobs such as (International) Sales and Marketing, journalism, teaching, the tourist industry, translation and interpreting & the Diplomatic Service.
As part of our course, each student is given time each week to practice speaking French with our native speaking French assistant. There may also be a day visit to a University French department.
Aspects of French society, artistic life and politics that we study include:
The family / the cyber-society / a diverse society / life for the marginalised / voluntary work / francophone music and cinema / teenagers and politics / politics and immigration. A French film (La Haine) and a novel (Kiffe Kiffe Demain) are also studied in detail.
Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills will all be examined. The writing sections include translation skills and essay writing.
There is no coursework element to this course. All is examined in the three end-of-course exams. However, the speaking test includes examination of a culturally appropriate topic, chosen and prepared by the student during their second year.