Examination Board: AQA
Why choose A Level French?
French is the first or second language in over 40 countries and is spoken by 125 million people.
Opportunities on the job market:
France is a world leader in the development of modern telecommunications, a market with explosive growth potential. The European Union, the second largest trading block in the world, recognises French as an official language. Think about the many opportunities fluency in French will provide within the airline industry, import-export companies, and other international businesses.
Advantages for tourism:
France is the most visited destination in the world with 76 million tourists in 2001. Paris was named by Fortune magazine as one of the top ten “global cities”.
French – a language of culture:
French opens the doors to art, music, fashion and cinema. France has won more Nobel Prizes for literature than any other country. The French are also admired for their great philosophers such as Descartes and Pascal, Rousseau, Voltaire, Camus and Sartre.
Paper 1 – 2 hours 30 minutes 40%
Listening Reading Translation
Writing Paper 2 – 2 hour exam 30% Writing on film and book studied Speaking 21-23 minutes 30% Discussion Presentation on individual research project
What are the course aims?
What kinds of students are most suited to this course?
What will you study?
You will also learn:
What other courses often combine successfully with this?
German, English, History, Psychology, Media Studies, Religious Studies and any other language or essay-based subject.
The Russell Group universities regard French as a keystone subject and we strongly encourage students to investigate university courses in which they can continue with their language studies.
What career or higher education options might this course lead to?
Interpreting, translating, teaching, business studies, secretarial work, civil service, librarianship, travel and tourism, hotel and catering, journalism, etc.
A language can be studied alongside marketing, law, business studies, and more or less anything else you can think of!
In an increasingly global society, language skills are increasing in demand in all areas of British commerce and industry, as are opportunities to work abroad.
What extra-curricular activities support this course?
Possible visits to theatres and cinemas to see French productions. A Level courses and conferences.
Quotation from a student:
“The learning curve is steep – after one term you just can’t believe that you ever found GCSE hard! It’s really rewarding if you keep on top of the work, and it’s great to be reading texts about things that are actually interesting in themselves! I especially like the oral work, because I’ve got lots of strong opinions that other people don’t always agree with!”