Those who can offer a second language are in high demand, have more interesting and wide ranging jobs and can command higher salaries – why not be one of them? At A level you not only develop your level of language, but also find out about French culture and society, as well as the French speaking world. At QE you will work with specialist teaching staff and native speakers, who give expert tuition and outstanding support in one of the largest MFL departments in the North! You will study fascinating topics such as music, tourism, immigration, social media and French history. French film is an important part of the course and a very short novel is also studied in the second year. You will become a more fluent, confident and knowledgeable communicator by studying French – invaluable skills in today’s society! A level French is available from scratch, provided your other GCSEs are suitable.
The purpose of studying French at A level is to develop your skills beyond GCSE so that you can use and understand a much wider range of language, as well as improving your ability to write and speak with greater accuracy and confidence. At advanced level you learn to expand your language so that you can talk about things that are happening in the world and learn more about life in countries where French is spoken. Studying French also develops your understanding of how languages, including English, work and improves your attention to detail.
Topics include youth trends and issues, regional culture in France and French speaking countries, education & careers, French film and music.
Topics include cultural identity and social issues, some modern French history, a more in-depth look at the French film ‘Intouchables’ and the short text ‘Le Silence de la Mer’. There will also be a study topic of individual choice to prepare for the oral exam.
In parallel to this you will revise and expand your knowledge of grammar, so that you can handle the language with confidence and adapt what you know to new situations.
There is also one lesson a week with the Assistant (a native French speaker) – an excellent opportunity to improve your spoken French and confidence.
(Exam board: Eduqas French A Level)
A thematic approach is taken to language teaching in covering the above topics. In lessons we use a variety of methods to promote learning and you will do individual, pair and group work, writing and reading tasks, listening activities, presentations, role-plays and translation from English into French and French into English. IT will play a part in your learning for listening, grammar practice and topic research.
Authentic materials from the Internet, television and films will be used, alongside textbooks, workbooks and on-line study platforms (Dynamic Learning and Moodle). Our students tell us that this all leads to a very positive and interesting learning experience!
The French department also runs trips to University study days, film seminars and a very popular homestay visit to Paris or Lille.
QE is your best choice for French because you will be working in a closely knit department, which will give tailored support and encouragement throughout the course. Our teaching team is highly specialised, really friendly and approachable, enabling you to achieve the best grade possible in your advanced level studies.
- A speaking exam where you present an independent research project and do a task card (30%)
- A reading, listening & translation exam (50%).
- A writing exam – 1 essay on the film ‘Intouchables’; 1 essay on ‘Le Silence de la Mer’ short novel (20%).
The normal minimum entry requirement is a grade 5 in French at GCSE and an average GCSE score of 5 or above. However, a formal entry qualification is not always required:
- Those who have spent time living in France will be considered for direct entry to the course
- Those who have not had the opportunity to study French at school, but who are excellent linguists or who have a very strong GCSE profile, may be accepted.
In this subject, particular skills and aptitudes will be required, many of which will be demonstrated by students’ GCSE profiles.
Students will also need to meet the general College entry requirements. Entry requirements are subjects to change.
Modern Languages graduates have some of the lowest unemployment rates and are highly sought after by large companies. They also earn, on average, 8% more than other graduates! Our students realise this, and many continue studying a language at university – often with subjects like International Business or Law. A language is needed to allow students to compete on an equal footing with our mainland European counterparts whose level of English is often as good as our own!
Our students choose a wide variety of universities, with particular success at Russell group establishments, but all comment on how well prepared they feel when they start their languages course. They go on to a huge range of careers, both at home and abroad.
French goes well with any subject combination, as it is the perfect way to broaden your skills portfolio, especially if you are studying two similar subjects, such as science or maths. It is a popular choice with other languages, Law, Travel & Tourism, Business and Arts subjects. Any student contemplating applying to Oxbridge for Languages is advised to take English Literature alongside French.