Sixth Form (KS5) French
Examination Board: AQA
Learning a language at A Level is invaluable whatever your future career plans are. At university you can continue with your language alongside another subject (accounting, law, medicine, engineering…) and then spend one of your university years abroad on an Erasmus exchange. If you enjoy learning languages and you can successfully learn vocabulary and basic grammar, you should definitely consider pursuing a language at A Level. Students must have studied French at GCSE and are usually expected to have achieved a grade ‘B’ or better.
The work is varied and interesting and will introduce you to a wide range of topics, while at the same time developing your language skills to a very high level. French examines such topics as family and relationships, education, jobs and careers, the mass media, pollution, conservation, immigration, multiculturalism, health issues, transport, racism, the future of Europe and Science and Technology. You will use technology extensively to help with your language learning. You will read and understand articles and works of French Literature, listen to radio broadcasts and discuss these topics with confidence, all in Spanish.
Teaching materials are mainly taken from current articles and television and radio broadcasts. You will also have a regular timetable slot with a French assistant in order to concentrate specifically on conversation. With small group sizes, students find they quickly make progress.
A qualification in a modern language carries particular prestige and proof of ability. Possible careers include teaching, bilingual secretary work, EU business and banking, translation and interpreting, conference organising and tourism management.
Languages at A-Level are taught as a two-year A-Level course, with an examinations taking place at the end of the course.