French A level
Qualification: GCE A Level in French
Exam Board & Specification Code: AQA; 7652; Specification
Course Entry Requirements: C/4 in English Language GCSE and B/6 in French GCSE
Please make sure that you have understood the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.
Length and size of qualification: 2 year single course
Timetable hours: 5.75 hours per week including language support sessions
Assessment method: 2 exams of varying length plus 1 oral exam
BHASVIC Department: Modern Foreign Languages
Head of Department: Siobhan McAlinden
What will I study?
You will learn to communicate fluently in the language both orally and in writing. You will read and listen to authentic material in order to develop your comprehension skills and your knowledge of the culture. You will study topics, literary texts and films relevant to the country/countries where the language is spoken.
Is this course right for me?
Did you enjoy the language at GCSE? Do you want to become fluent and develop your linguistic and cultural knowledge? Good linguists are risk takers and naturally inquisitive. At this level you need to be rigorous in your learning and very accurate in your application of knowledge.
Language learning is inextricably bound up with history, culture, business and economics. There are well attested advantages of speaking more than one language. Linguists are increasingly in demand in many sectors of industry. You may consider a degree purely in languages / linguistics / European Studies, leading to a wide variety of careers including, but not limited to, translation, interpreting, teaching, publishing, journalism and marketing. A language can also be combined with most subjects at higher education level, for example law, international relations, politics, media, business or sciences. Awareness of a foreign language is also an asset when applying for apprenticeships. Jobs where this is particularly useful are Cabin Crew, Travel Services, Customer Service and Relations, Events Assistants and Public Services. Useful websites to research careers and wider progression options could include Planit plus, All About Careers and The Apprenticeship Guide.
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