French A Level
About the course
Language study is about creativity, logic and communication. Employers and universities consider having a second language to be highly desirable. This two-year course will not only develop language skills you learned at GCSE level (or overseas equivalent), it will extend your knowledge of French and Francophone culture as a whole.
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- You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results.
- In addition, you must have at least grade B in GCSE French. Individual cases will be considered if you have a bilingual background.
- Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
- IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.
In the first year you will study a range of topics, including youth culture, health, environmental issues, education and employment. You will take a speaking exam and an exam in listening, reading and writing skills. In the second year you will develop your knowledge of language and culture by studying international events, ethical issues, literature and the arts. Assessment will include an oral exam plus essay writing and translation.
Assessment is by a mixture of oral and aural exams, and writing and translation tests. This is spread across the two years of the course. Successful completion of the first year gains you AS Level French. Successful completion of the second gains you an A Level in French.
Taken as one of three A Levels, French can help get you on a Language or Literature course at university or other Higher Education course. Depending on your facility with the language, you may be able to go straight into work as a Translator or Bilingual Copywriter.
I have always wanted to be a lawyer
Studied: ESOL progressing to study A Levels in English Language and Literature, French, History and Sociology
Now studying Law at the University of Birmingham
Hosanna Makanda came to the UK from war torn Congo in 2011. She spoke no English and had experienced very little education. Enrolling on an ESOL course at the College’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, her potential was spotted and she was encouraged to progress to A Levels. This summer she achieved an A*, two As and a B and is now studying Law at the University of Birmingham.
She said: “My teachers always made sure I had everything I needed and have inspired me to go to university. I have always wanted to be a lawyer as I have developed a need to defend other people.”
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Based in vibrant Angel, the Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. There are over 30 A Levels on offer from Dance to History of Art to Science.