In the AS course you will engage in a wide range of activities and skills in lessons. You will build on GCSE topics such as cinema, fashion, media, health and family but with a wider context and with a view to developing your own ideas. You will have the opportunity to speak French in the classroom and in small conversation groups. You will become confident in the use of tenses in French and you will broaden your French vocabulary.
During the second year, you will study a film director and a novel as well as topics such as The Environment, The Multicultural Society and Contemporary Social Issues. Grammar studied at AS will be consolidated and further developed. In addition to speaking French in class, you will have a session with the French Assistant once a week. There will be opportunities to take part in a one week residential trip at AS and a weekend in Paris at A2.
Grade B in French or equivalent foreign qualification.
AS and A Level: listening, reading and writing papers, and oral exams.
Knowing a language puts you in a strong position in the job market. Language study contributes to a broad general education and gives you invaluable practical and transferable skills for the future. You may choose to specialise in French at university or combine your language with other subjects such as Engineering, History, Media and Journalism, Management and Business Studies, Teaching, Fashion Design, Travel and Hospitality Management, Accountancy, European Studies, or International or European Law or even Medicine.
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A qualification in AS or A2 French is very highly regarded by universities due to the huge range of study skills that students acquire during their course; for example it develops critical and analytical thinking, good communication skills and improves grammatical awareness. Such meticulousness strongly enhances students’ future work be it at University or in a professional capacity.