French

Mrs V Pick BA University of Wales, MA Warwick, PGCE

Examination body: AQA

A Modern Foreign Language qualification carries a degree of prestige on University applications and is highly regarded by employers today. The communication and analytical skills developed through the course are much in demand in today’s increasingly global labour market.

Entry Requirements

You should have at least a grade B at GCSE in order to cope with the demands of the AS course. You should also be interested in, and enjoy discussing, a range of current topics that regularly feature in the press and media today.

Course Content AS

  • aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
  • artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • one text or one film
  • grammar

AS candidates must take the AS units 1 and 2, which include listening and reading comprehension tests, as well as questions to assess written French and an oral test. You will listen to audio and video recordings of a range of native French speakers in order to broaden your listening skills. You will widen your vocabulary and understanding of written French through reading a variety of texts, newspaper and magazine articles.

Grammar tasks will help you to master the rules of the language and you should expect to speak French as much as possible throughout the course.

Course Content A Level

  • aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
  • aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
  • artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • aspects of political world of the French-speaking world
  • one text or one film or two texts
  • grammar

Career Opportunities

There are many ways to combine study of a foreign language with another discipline in

Higher Education. It is not unusual these days to study a Modern Language at degree level together with Law, Economics, Marketing or the Sciences. In the job market you could use a foreign language (for example) as the primary skill in translating, interpreting or teaching work, or as a useful additional skill in areas like:

  • The Civil Service and international organisations
  • industry and commerce, hotels and catering
  • secretarial work, travel, transport and tourism
  • Information Science and Librarianship
  • journalism and broadcasting
  • the Law, banking, insurance and other services
  • engineering and scientific work.

Abigail Mawhinney

Abigail is currently in her second year of study at Newcastle University, a member of the prestigious Russel Group, reading Modern Languages with Linguistics. This four-year course includes French, Spanish and Italian.  Her A Levels in French, Geography and Mathematics provided her with the skillset needed to take on this challenging course at university, where she is learning two new languages.  Abigail is now planning a year abroad with six months in France and six months in South America, either studying or working as part of the course.

Georgina Wright

Georgina studied French and Music at A Level, as a continuation of her GCSEs, along with new subjects at A Level: Photography and Economics.  Following her results, she took on a gap year working at a school in Scotland. She also spent time abroad working as an Au Pair for a French family, where her language skills were put in to practice.  It was here she found her passion for working with children, and she is now looking towards a potential career in teaching.  Georgina found that, while in Sixth Form, she was well-supported by all teaching staff and she enjoyed being involved in the wide range of extra-curricular activities offered.