28 countries around the world have French as an official language, so by studying French 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 on 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 an A Level French will enable you to build on the skills you learned at GCSE and deepen your understanding of the language, culture and society of French speaking countries. In addition you will develop your grammatical knowledge and your spoken fluency further. You will study topics on society, politics and culture. You will also study a book or film in more depth. You will have the opportunity to participate in foreign exchanges, visits, and take part in our vast enrichment programme.
Your first year will comprise two units and topics you will study include:
– Leisure and Lifestyles: Including travel and tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs and traditions, as well as healthy living, health and nutrition, diet, exercise and unhealthy living, drugs, smoking and alcohol.
– The Individual and Society: Relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture (values, peer groups, fashions and trends), education, vocational training and future careers.
Your second year will also comprise two units and topics you will study include:
– Environmental Issues: Technology, pollution, global warming, transport, energy, nuclear energy, renewable energies, conservation, recycling and sustainability.
– Social and Political Issues: The role of the media, racism, immigration, social exclusion and integration, terrorism and the world of work (employment, commerce and globalisation).
Almost all our students continue with their language courses at degree level or combine it with a new language or another subject. Students in the past have combined their language with Law or Business, Linguistics, Engineering, History, English and even Maths and Physics. A language increases employability in all fields and fits with all subjects.
At least two Bs and three Cs at GCSE, including at least a grade B in GCSE French.