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2017 - New A level
Examining board - AQA
Additional course entry requirements:
Grade B in GCSE French
Studying French will enable you to communicate with French speakers around the world, boost your academic skills, increase your options for undergraduate studies, and enrich your appreciation of influential cultural contributions of the French-speaking world. You’ll develop transferable skills and enhance your language learning strategies.
Many of our students have chosen to study French or a wide range of subjects combined with French at Oxbridge and Russell Group universities, or indeed abroad. Students go on to have successful careers in fields such as banking, accountancy, law and teaching.
The department is equipped with a modern language laboratory; we also have a native language assistant who conducts speaking practice. Students will have many opportunities to engage with the language, including a study trip to Paris, work experience in Brussels, links with a school in Dijon, and theatre and cinema trips in London.
In year one, aspects of the social context are studied, including the changing nature of the family, ‘cyber-society’ and the place of voluntary work, together with highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including Francophone music and cinema. In year two, topics include life for the marginalised, positive features of a diverse society, and the treatment of criminals, as well as aspects of political life in the French-speaking world. You’ll discuss issues such as the political commitment of teenagers, the purpose of strikes and demonstrations, and the politics of immigration. You’ll also study in depth a literary text and a film. Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake an individual research project and explore a key question of personal interest.
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