Important Entry Requirement & Application Update
Once you've applied, you will be invited to attend a virtual information event at the beginning of 2021. At this event, you will have the opportunity to find out more about your course, meet the staff and ask any questions that you may have.
If your course requires an interview you will receive an email with details about your video call. There will be no need for you to come on site. Don't worry if you don't receive an email about an interview, not every course needs one.
When applying for A Levels there is no need for you to enter all of your preferred subject choices.
Is this course right for me?
Would you like to develop your understanding of French? This course enables you to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in French, through both the spoken and written word. It provides a coherent and worthwhile curriculum, extending your language skills to an advanced level. It also boosts your career options and Higher Education prospects.
The course is suitable if you have completed a GCSE in French, and want to continue studying in this area. It can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study, in conjunction with other AS/A Level subjects, or possibly with other Level 3 courses.
This course enables you to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in French, through both the spoken and written word. It provides a coherent and worthwhile curriculum, extending your language skills to an advanced level. It also allows you to boost your career options and Higher Education prospects.
The course is suitable if you have completed a GCSE in French, and want to continue studying in this area. It can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study, in conjunction with other AS/A Level subjects, or possibly with other Level 3 courses. Our staff will be very happy to help you put together a programme most suited to your needs. The course can also be taken on a part-time basis by mature students.
This course covers many areas of study, helping you to learn about the mechanics of the language. You will learn to speak and write French in variety of registers, using increasingly accurate, complex and varied language. The course also develops critical insights into, and contact with, the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of French-speaking countries. In particular, you will study the culture and customs of France, and the issues dominating the French media.
Year 1 (AS Level)
Young people and society: This covers a range of topics, which will improve your language skills and your knowledge of French-speaking cultures. The topics include education, careers and relationships.
Leisure and Lifestyle: This introduces another range of topics, building your French confidence in other contexts. The topics include sport, travel, drugs, diet and exercise.
Year 2 (A Level):
Social and political issues: This unit takes your French skills into a range of advanced contexts, including topics such as politics, immigration, racism, terrorism and media.
Environmental issues: In this unit you will focus on topics such as pollution, global warming, recycling and types of energy.
In order to qualify for this course, you will need the following:
- 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language
- GCSE French grade B
As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.
Progression to A Level is based on your performance at AS Level.
The course is delivered through a blend of the following:
- Classroom learning
- Analytical reading, writing and responding
- Working with current forms of media, such as French news sources
The course is assessed by external examinations, which take place in June each year.
Whether you gain the full A Level or the AS Level, the course adds to your qualifications and helps you to progress. You will gain UCAS points and be able to apply for a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions, including Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. This includes degrees in French, Translation Studies, and other language-based subjects, as well as many other options.
The skills you gain studying French will also have broad applications outside of education, and will prove beneficial in your future. You could choose to live and work in a French-speaking country, or seek employment in translation, education, international relations or the media.