"I chose French to give myself a quality that not everyone has. It's an opportunity that not many get, it opens doors to career choices that are very aspirational and it allows one to travel the world and experience new things. I find the lessons challenging, but they give me that sense of pride in my little achievements. I would recommend choosing French, or any other language for that matter, if you really want to achieve and push yourself to learn something not many people can say they have learned."
I chose French to give myself a quality that not everyone has. It’s very aspirational and it allows one to travel the world and experience new things.
French (A Level)
- Year 1 & 2
- Exam board
- Specific entry requirements
Grade 6 in GCSE French.
What Will You Learn?
You will study aspects of contemporary life in France and French speaking countries and at the same time learn how to express your ideas with more complex language and understand more advanced spoken and written texts. Listening, written, reading and spoken skills are practised in equal measure in classrooms devoted to language learning. Grammar and language structure will also be a key ingredient in your programme. Cultural works will be studied, which include film and literature and form the basis of essays written as part of the final assessment.
In your first year, topics studied will include technological innovations, family life, cinema and music, all looked at from a young French speaking person’s perspective.
In the second year, themes will include politics, crime and punishment and immigration and their impact on French speaking societies across the globe.
As well as four weekly sessions devoted to all language skills, you will have weekly contact with a French Assistante when you will be able to develop your language competence privately in one-to-one sessions. Trips to the Manchester universities for special language events and to other exhibitions and cinema attractions are regularly offered. Students are also encouraged to take part in competitions aimed at aspiring linguists.
Where Will This Lead?
A qualification in a foreign language is an excellent asset for any career or university pathway. Increasingly, in our global society, employers and educational institutions are very keen to recruit those with an international aspect to their CV.
Previous students have gone on to study languages at universities across the world including Russell Group institutions. Many have chosen to stay within the North West, where there are many excellent language departments. Linguists from OSFC have gone on to work in many sectors including the chemical industry, the Air Force, law, teaching, marketing, the Civil Service and in the media.