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Learning a language isn't just intellectually stimulating – it can help you enormously in your other studies and widen your future employment opportunities. On this course you'll explore a variety of fascinating topics, like popular hobbies, family and relationships, pollution and protecting the planet, wealth and poverty and the impact of scientific and technical progress. During this process you'll develop your vocabulary so that you can speak and write with confidence.

Entry requirements

A minimum score of 5 from 7 GCSEs to include English, Maths, and science along with four other GCSE grades or equivalent (not including short courses or Citizenship). See Subject Requirements Guide for details.

Score of 6 or above in French.

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

You will be expected to pay for stationery and textbooks.

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Why study?

This is a fun and challenging course which will help you build on language skills gained at GCSE level. It concentrates on topics of interest to young people and enables you to develop your language and grammatical skills to a high standard.

You will spend a significant amount of time working on spoken French skills in addition to developing vocabulary and written-based skills. You can expect to become more confident in speaking to others in French, which is essential for using their language skills in other settings, such as on holiday or in a job.

You may get the opportunity for a trip France as well as conversing on-line with other French speakers in a mentoring scheme.

Where will this course take me?

You can go on to university to study French as a primary subject, or you could continue your language learning in conjunction with another subject, such as politics, literature or business. Lots of jobs these days require a second language as foreign travel and trade increases. Opportunities might include careers in international finance or law, or positions in the travel and tourism industry.

Core modules

Topics studied:

AS: TV advertising, communication, technology, cinema, music, fashion, sport/exercise, health and wellbeing, holidays, relationships within the family/friendships/marriage/partnerships

A2: Pollution, energy, protecting the planet, immigration, racism, wealth and poverty, law and order, impact of scientific and technical progress. Also 2 culture-related topics from the following 5: a region or community, a period of 20th century history, the work of an author, the work of a dramatist or poet, the work of a director, architect, musician or painter.

How will I be assessed?

Written and oral exams

Will I have to provide anything?

Suitable stationery, a bilingual dictionary and recommended textbook TBA.

What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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