A Level French
Who Will Teach Me?
There are usually two teachers. The exact staffing depends on timetabling. All teachers are fully qualified and experienced in teaching at this level. French is usually taught at Sir John Nelthorpe School.
What Entry Requirements Do I Need?
The minimum requirement is a Grade 5 at GCSE, although we prefer higher grades as proof of linguistic ability.
How Will I Be Assessed?
There are assessments in the four skill areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
PAPER 1 : LISTENING, READING AND WRITING
A 2 hour 30 minute examination worth 40% of the total A Level marks.
PAPER 2 : WRITING
A 2 hour examination worth 30% of the total A Level marks.
PAPER 3 : SPEAKING
A 21-23 minute examination worth 30% of the total A Level marks.
What Will I Learn On This Course?
Main topics consist of Social Issues, Political and Artistic Culture, Literary text or film and Grammar.
You will continue to develop your language skills so that you can communicate with native speakers, both orally and in writing, at a high level. This will involve extending your understanding of grammar and increasing your knowledge of vocabulary to enable you to discuss current affairs and issues affecting young people.
What Kind Of Person Studies This Course?
In addition to being an obvious choice for those students who are keen and able linguists, A Level in French is an excellent companion subject for those taking Sciences and Humanities because it is a much sought after skill in the world of work. British companies are notoriously short of speakers of foreign languages and are actively seeking employees with qualifications not only directly related to their business, but who can offer additional skills. It is also possible to study two languages if you have done so to GCSE.
Where Will An A Level In French Lead Me?
Careers most often associated with languages include those in the travel industry, bi-lingual secretaries, translators, interpreters, marketing and retail. However, for many careers a language qualification, although perhaps not essential, can be seen as a desirable asset by employers. This is why many Universities combine a variety of subjects with language study, such as Law, Business and Management Studies, and indeed an increasing number prefer a language qualification on entry.
Much of our trade is with Europe, and French is an international language on a par with English, being used as an official language by the United Nations. It is worth noting that 90% of the world's population live in a country where English is not the native tongue, and 60% of British trade is with non-English speaking countries.
The ability to communicate in a foreign language sets you apart from the crowd and literally opens up a world of opportunities. Once you have mastered one foreign language, it is easier to learn another should the need arise.
Where Can I Get More Information Or Advice?
For further information you can contact:
Sir John Nelthorpe School
The Vale Academy