If you are passionate and enthusiastic about different cultures and want to grasp the subtleness of the French language, this academic course will help you learn about the French language and culture.
The course will develop lots of important skills including both cultural and literary ones. Combining the French language with another subject such as Business, Law or History (to name just a few) will enable you to access a wider choice of university courses or careers as employers hugely value linguistic skills. It will help prepare you for a job in teaching, translating, in travel and tourism but also in one of the many sectors of the business world.
You may, of course, use the course as a means of securing a Higher Education place as the French language is highly valued.
What will you learn?
The subject content of the course can be divided into three sections:
Social issues and trends
• Aspects of French speaking society – current trends – the changing nature of family, the cyber-society, the place of voluntary work.
• Aspects of French speaking society – current issues – positive features of a diverse society, life for the marginalised, how criminals are treated.
Political and artistic culture
• Artistic culture in the French speaking world – a culture proud of its heritage, contemporary francophone music, and cinema.
• Aspects of political life in the French speaking world – teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment, demonstrations, strikes, politics and immigration.
Literacy text and films
You will study either one text and one film or two texts from a given list.
You will also need to keep a close eye on current issues in this country but also about French-speaking countries. Having an interest on French cultural aspects such as cinema, literature, music and art would be a great advantage.
Who is the course aimed at?
This course is for you if you are passionate and enthusiastic about different cultures and want to grasp the subtleness of the French language. The qualification is highly regarded by both employers and universities, so will suit both progression routes.
You must have:
• A minimum of five GCSE grades 9-4 and a GCSE average of 5.3
• A grade 4 or higher in GCSE English Language
• A grade 4 or higher in GCSE French
This course will provide you with the opportunity to put your newly learned language skills to good use, with past trips including excursions to France. Not only does this give you a chance to develop your skills but it also helps you to understand the culture around French and the many dialects there are.
French lends itself well as a basis for a degree in French or another foreign language. It can also help with degrees in Travel and Tourism or Translation, or even foreign literature.
Students who complete a qualification in French go on to a wide variety of jobs. These can include: Interpreter, Translator, Private Tutor, Tour Manager, Academic Researcher or Teacher, to name a few.