LEVEL 3 Exmouth Community College Course Guide 2018
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A Level

Board: AQA

Over the two year course you will find out about a wide variety of aspects of modern society in French-speaking countries, including:

You will also learn about the culture of francophone countries in terms of music, film, architecture, food, famous monuments and natural heritage sites. You will study one film and one book in depth and be asked to do an extended research project on a topic of your choice.


There are two written papers which involve listening, reading, translation and summarising tasks and essay writing. There is also an oral exam. These are all taken at the end of the course.

Where it leads:

A language is an A level qualification which is very well respected by all universities and is a pre-requisite for many courses. More than 200 million people can speak French across the world and being able to communicate in more than one language is a highly valuable skill in today’s competitive, global employment market. In addition, French is ranked in the top three of languages looked for by businesses in Britain and the EU. Employers want candidates with analytical minds, logical thought processes, good memory skills, cultural awareness and well-developed communication and presentation skills: all of which are developed through the study of languages.

At university, languages can be combined with a whole variety of other subjects, such as economics, maths, business, international relations, history and many others, which provides the opportunity to work in a range of different fields such as engineering, business, leisure and tourism, politics, banking, journalism and international law.

What students say:

The French teachers provide a friendly but challenging atmosphere and are very approachable if you are in need of extra help”.

“You do not just learn the language; you understand the culture, too.”

Specific grade requirements:

You will need a minimum of a grade 6 at GCSE in French and have enthusiasm, drive and commitment. Good study skills are essential.


Those interested should contact Mrs Gibbon, Head of Languages to discuss their suitability for this course.

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.“

 Nelson Mandela