Why choose French?
French is the most widely taught modern language both nationally and also at the College. Its importance is reflected locally, with an increasing number of business partnerships involving French companies. Some students take French and another language at A Level, but an increasing number combine it with subjects such as Business Studies or Sciences, reflecting the wide range of opportunities in commerce for travel abroad and use of French. Most students, however, choose to continue their French studies because of a good GCSE grade, a successful exchange, family holidays to France or simply because they enjoy speaking the language.
Resources and Facilities
- Large computer room
- Computers with internet links and listening facilities
- Various Language learning software
- Data projectors in all rooms
- Interactive Whiteboard
- Comprehensive Modern Languages website
Teaching and Learning Styles
- Extensive use of French in the lesson
- A wide variety of subjects including aspects of contemporary society
- Weekly lesson with French native speaker
There are trips to a variety of different cinemas
The A Level will be assessed by external exams, in reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. Both the first and second year include options in Cultural Studies.
We have annual exchanges to Montpellier and linguistic stays in Nice. Students are encouraged to participate in at least one visit in both years.
Many students go on to study a French degree, either single honours or in combination with another language. An increasing number of students study French with another subject, such as Law, Business Studies, History, Politics or even Music and Sciences. Almost any combination is possible! Fluency in a foreign language will open doors to top universities in the UK and will increase your employment opportunities in Britain, as well as in French-speaking countries.
Course Specifics / Entry Requirements
|Qualification Name||Maths GCSE Req.||English GCSE Req.||Other Req.||Desirable Qualifications||Skills & Attributes Required for Success||Guidance on Costs or Commitments|
|French||5||GCSE French at grade 5 or above.||Willingness to talk freely in the target language. Desire to spend time in a country where target language is spoken.||French Exchanges every year. Not compulsory but students should take part (£300-£350 for 8 – 11 days).|