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28 countries around the world have French as an official language. So by studying French A-Level at Cardinal Newman you will not only benefit from the help of enthusiastic tutors, but you will also increase your employment prospects for the future. French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, UNESCO, as well as NATO and an ability to speak French and English is an advantage in the international job market. In addition, a deeper knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature, and the world of fashion, theatre and art as well as cuisine!
Studying French A-Level will enable you to build on the skills that you have learnt at GCSE and deepen your understanding of the language, culture, society and history of France, as well as develop your grammatical knowledge and your spoken fluency.
Any Modern Language is highly sought after by employers and is a great skill to possess in the current work market. Furthermore, top universities respect and recognise the demands of studying this subject and the wide array of transferable skills acquired by students who study a language at A-Level. Languages can be combined with nearly any other subject at university. Many of our students choose to continue to study languages either on their own or as a combined programme after College. In the past students have studied more than one language at university, or combined their language with other subjects such as Business, Zoology, Linguistics, Drama, Economics, Law, History and even Physics and Medicine.
All year 12 students are also offered the chance to take part in our annual French Exchange programme, which sees students visit Bourg-lès-Valence, in Southeast France to stay with French students before they host their exchange partners for the return leg of the trip. Then in Year 13, students are offered the opportunity to go to Paris where they have the chance to try out their language skills amongst the historical sites!
At least five 5s at GCSE, including at least a 6 in French.
Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and Btecs) Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.
This A-Level combines well with any other subject