The French and English languages are very much entwined and are part of our culture. Learning French is a stepping stone to other languages and one of the most interesting things about learning a foreign language is how much you learn about your own language.
A knowledge of French gives you access to countries such as Canada, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium, where French is also an official language, so it’s about more than just France. The ability to speak French will enhance your appreciation of art and culture and be a life-long asset.
The A Level specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and society.
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing
• Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends and issues
• Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
• Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
Assessment: Written examination of 2.5 hours. 40% of A Level
Paper 2: Writing
• One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification
Assessment: written examination of two hours. 30% of A Level
Paper 3: Speaking
• Individual research project. Students must identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and relating to the French speaking world. The project involves research, analysis and presentation.
• One of four sub-themes: aspects of French-speaking society: current trends; aspects of French-speaking society: current issues; artistic culture in the French-speaking world; aspects of political life in the French-speaking world.
Assessment: Oral examination: 21 to 23 minutes (including five minutes preparation time). 30% of A Level
GCSE French grade 7 or above.
Language degrees can open up opportunities in areas that you may never even have thought to look and language skills are increasing in demand across many business and industry sectors.
Teaching, translating and interpreting are clear career options, but the list below aims to look beyond the obvious into the exciting potential job that could be in your future with a language degree.
Foreign civil service, airline services, advertising, editing and publishing, subtitles and voice overs, event management, nursing, sommelier, import/export specialist and hotel management.