In a globalised world, language skills are in demand. French is one of the main languages used by the UN and the European Union, but it is also the language of romance and great literature, like `Les Miserables’ and `The Hunchback of Notre Dame’. This course will centre upon the key areas of speaking, listening, reading, writing and translation.
In the first year, you will explore changes in French society in families, work and education, as well as French culture including music, the media and traditions to help refine your French communication skills. As part of your studies, you will read a famous French text and watch French directed films like `Les Choristes’ and `Chocolat’.
In the second year, you will cover thought-provoking topics like the positive impact of immigration and the rise of the Front Nationale party. You will also explore the effect of occupation in World War II, including Vichy France and The Resistance and study more French films and literature too. There will be two final written exams including translation work and oral exams with a presentation of your choice and discussions on the set themes.
The course is varied, lively and enjoyable. There are opportunities for debates and discussions on topical issues which are in the news and you will enhance your existing knowledge of both the language and the countries where French is spoken. The course helps you to communicate with young people from other countries, it broadens your general knowledge and will improve your understanding of life and people. Studying French will also give you a better perception of your own language and its intricacies in terms of grammar and translation skills. There may also be the chance to go on a trip to France or to a student conference.
The French A-level qualification is made up of four mandatory units.
Unit 1: Speaking test (role play and topic discussion)
Unit 2: Listening, reading and writing paper
Unit 3: Speaking test (discussion of article and topic discussion)
Unit 4: Listening, reading and writing paper including an extended essay
To be accepted onto a Level 3 programme, you must hold at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including GCSE Maths and English language.
You will be required to achieve a grade 5 or above in French, or evidence of the equivalent standard.
You may decide to continue with languages at university by studying French at degree level or combine it with another foreign language, English, law, business and management, media or for use in your future career. But with a language it can open up the world to you and enhance your other subject making you a more unique candidate for prospective employers.
Facilities and resources
Facilities available to students include:
– The language laboratory for listening and speaking practice, for researching on French websites or listening to French news coverage.
– Access to a range of French newspapers and publications.
– Access to a range of French films, music and songs.
– Use of grammar books and dictionaries in the library as well as the department.
Learning Technologies and Library Services offer relaxed, quiet and comfortable places to study. You will find a variety of private and group study spaces on campus and multiple computers that can be pre-booked. The college WiFi also allows you to bring your own devices to use.
There are always friendly members of staff on hand to help you find information to assist your study, and you can borrow items including books, journals and media equipment in the Library.
Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:
– Your academic or vocational qualification.
– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.
– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.
– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.
– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.
– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.
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Why Petroc should be your first choice
Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.
We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community.
Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments.
We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.