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What Will I Study?

Current trends of the French-speaking society

  • The changing nature of family
  • The "cyber-society"
  • The place of voluntary work

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

  • A culture proud of its heritage
  • Contemporary francophone music
  • French cinema

Current issues in the French-speaking society

  • Positive features of a multicultural society
  • Life for the marginalised
  • How criminals are treated

Aspects of the political life in the French-speaking world

  • Teenagers' political commitment
  • Strikes, who holds the power?
  • Politics and immigration

More Info

You will learn and be assessed on the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. You will be involved in a wide range of activities that will enhance your understanding and production of the language.

Assessment is through examinations at the end of the 2-year course. 

Paper 1 includes Listening, Reading and Translation

Paper 2 consists of 2 essays about the book and the film you will have studied in class.

Paper 3 is the oral examination, an individual assessment of your ability to express yourself on the topics studied in class and the presentation of a research project.

You will be able to apply for a language related degree course, either in the language you have studied or in a completely new language. Cirencester students have gone on to study Chinese, Hebrew, Russian and Sanskrit for example. Many universities offer languages as Joint Honours options combining the chosen language with another subject such as Business Management, Law and English Literature to name but a few, which generally allow you to spend a year of your degree course studying or working abroad. Studying a language to an advanced level can be a significant advantage to those wanting to work for global business firms, as a lawyer in commercial law, in a large accounting firm, or in the finance industry.

There will be a language and culture trip to Normandy. 
In the second year we encourage you to arrange work experience week through Halsbury Travel.

– Optional trips. (Prices to be confirmed)

– Novel studied in class (about ₤6)

GCSE Grade 6 in French

Key Facts

Offered As

A Level

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Classroom textbooks and online resources will be provided.  You will also have the option of purchasing an e textbook for your phone or tablet.  An A-level vocabulary book and a grammar book might also be useful. You may wish to purchase your own DVD of the chosen film and will need to buy a copy of the novel in the second year.

At the end of the 2-year course, you will have jumped up a big step. But the course is progressive, we go right back to basics in grammar, pronunciation and progressively build up the high-level vocabulary required to understand and talk about the set topics.

The best way to learn a language is to hear it and speak it as much as possible, so yes, most of the lesson will be in French. The only exception might be a tricky grammar point or an essential piece of information. This should not be a worry. Through gestures, pictures, synonyms or help from your classmates, you will get used to this very quickly.

Immerse yourself in all things French! Listen to French music, watch French films (with English subtitles), read French magazines or short stories, etc. Enjoy it. You could also do some revision of your basic grammar on LanguagesOnline. A little often is the best recipe for success in this course.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Language skills are in demand and can be used in almost any career, particularly with businesses that trade internationally. A Confederation of British Industry (CBI) report in July 2016 states that the languages most in demand by businesses are the major EU languages of French, German and Spanish. There is also a national shortage of language teachers.

Career Opportunities:

  • Financial Advisor
  • Industrial Buyer
  • Legal Secretary
  • Marketing
  • Teacher
  • Accountan

Higher Education 64%

Employment/apprenticeships 22%