What is this subject about?

French is designed to develop an enthusiasm for language learning, awareness and understanding of contemporary society and confidence in communication.

What will I study in the first year?

In the first year you will study topics focusing on Family, Education, the Workplace, Music, Media, Festivals and Traditions. You will be given a wide variety of authentic materials including film, music, interactive online activities, language laboratory activities and the opportunity to work or stay in France on exchange.

What will I study in the second year?

In addition to consolidating and extending the first year’s topics, you will study Immigration and Multiculturalism in France, and the Occupation. As with the first year, you will have weekly sessions with our language assistant in preparation for the oral exam.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment is by three written exam papers (70%) and one oral exam (30%).

What skills will I need and develop in this course?

This course is designed to build directly on skills learned at GCSE. You will also develop your analytical and creative skills, communication skills, presentation skills, interpersonal skills and cultural awareness.


What can the course lead to in terms of higher education and future careers?

It is well documented that language graduates have one of the highest employment rates and that employers value the transferable skills which study of a language provides. Language graduates are often employed in international banks, journalism, law, marketing, tourism, industry and a variety of other professions. Being proficient in a language gives you broader career options. According to the Confederation of British Industry, the UK’s education system is failing to produce enough people with foreign-language skills to meet a growing need from business. Some 41% of businesses said knowledge of a foreign language was beneficial, with French identified as one of the most useful languages.

Entry Requirements

What are the formal entry requirements for this course?

Aside from the general entry criteria that the College requires, you will also need to achieve at least a grade 6 at GCSE in French, including the Higher Writing Paper, and at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

Extra Support

What extra support/enrichment activities are on offer?

The department usually offers a French exchange, the opportunity for work experience and also to attend other cultural events such as the short film festival in Clermont. We also invite guest speakers during the year. We are privileged to have language assistants who can give tutorial support on a weekly basis.

Subject combination advice

Subject combination advice:

Language study combines well with all other subjects and is an excellent way to enhance your transferable skills and your global awareness and mobility.