The French speaking world is vast. French is spoken by more than 300 million people as their first or second language; it is a native language in more than 24 countries across 5 continents, which makes it an incredibly diverse and interesting language to learn.
Additionally it is a working language and an official language of the UN, the EU, UNESCO, NATO, the International Red Cross, various international courts and well-known organisations such as Médecins Sans Frontières, Interpol, the European Spatial Agency, the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique and the International Olympic Committee. It is the language of the three cities where the EU institutions are headquartered in Luxembourg, France and Belgium.
Culturally it is also impressive- from literature and philosophy to music, art, architecture and history, as well as sports, cinema, fashion, and the art of cooking.
The Course and Its Structure
We give you the building blocks you need not just to memorize vocabulary and phrases but to flourish in speaking French spontaneously by the end of Year 12. Then in Year 13 we foster a range of more complex linguistic skills, including critical thinking, creativity and research skills. Authentic spoken and written sources in French will be used throughout the course. We will provide students with the support and basis they need to continue studying French at degree level.
Having studied French at A Level will also be an asset for students who want to specialise in other disciplines and choose other types of higher education courses for instance French and Law, or Mechanical Engineering with French.
Previously we have visited Paris and Brussels and any students wanting to study French are strongly recommend to come on one of our planned visits to a French speaking country.
The Academy’s general entry criteria of a minimum of five 4's at GCSE apply. Students need to have a 5 grade in French at GCSE, although this really is an absolute minimum. Critically, students should be fiercely passionate about the language, and the desire to learn how to read, speak and write it and be committed to understanding about the culture in which it has thrived and thrives now.
To find out more about the A Level course, click here, to visit the AQA website.