French is a valuable A Level to have as it is spoken in 29 countries around the world, giving you an advantage in the international Job market. If you have a passion for the French language and culture this is the perfect subject for you.

A Level French helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in the language and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context. The study of French can be combined with a wide range of other subjects both in the Sixth Form and in higher education. Degree courses in French with business studies, law or management in particular are becoming increasingly popular and provide a valuable qualification. Students studying sciences and medicine also find that French can be combined with their main subjects, providing alternative intellectual stimulation and quite possible leading to job opportunities in a French-speaking country.

The growing influence of the European Union means that there is an ever-increasing need for modern linguists in industry and commerce, both in this country and abroad, in addition to job opportunities in the more traditional areas of teaching (including in primary schools) and the Civil Service. Numerous universities offer combined courses, which means you can study two subjects, a foreign language together with another, and a completely different subject.

You will study contemporary topics and issues including: cinema, music, advertising, health and health care, sport and fitness, pollution, environmental issues, energy provision, immigration and multiculturalism, wealth and poverty, crime and punishment, science and technology, film, literature or a period of history.

In addition to the Sixth Form entry criteria, students wishing to study this subject are required to have a minimum grade 6 in French and a grade 5 in English Language or English Literature at GCSE (or equivalent).

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