Research shows that languages graduates are more likely to find themselves in well-paid, high-status jobs than graduates in any other discipline except Medicine.
As well as degrees in French, many universities offer the opportunity to take up a different language, be it Spanish, Italian, Portuguese or Mandarin Chinese ab initio.
The A level course in French is designed to help you develop your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills and to deepen your understanding of the French culture and society. You will study topics relevant to contemporary life such as the changing role of the family, the multicultural society and aspects of political and artistic life in France. In addition, you will learn to translate both from and into French and will study a film and a literary text.
The minimum entry requirement is a grade 6 at GCSE. You will need to work hard in the early stages of the course to build up your confidence in using and manipulating French grammar, in order to succeed in the translation and writing components. To achieve really good grades, you will also need to take an interest in wider aspects of life in France or other French-speaking countries. During Years 12 and 13, you should be starting to read articles from French newspapers and magazines regularly, to watch films or television and listen to the radio to broaden your knowledge both of vocabulary and of the society you are studying. You also need to develop the ability to use resource material such as a dictionary effectively.