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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 1987.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course enables students to use French for the purpose of communication and fosters their ability to collect, analyse and exchange information, ideas and attitudes through the medium of the French language.

This qualification is linear. It means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C equivalent or above, including English at grade 5 and Maths at grade 4.  You must have a grade 5 in French at GCSE to undertake this course. An interest in French-speaking countries and their culture is essential.

You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study.

To progress to the second year, you will need to demonstrate a Pass grade or above in your first year.

Course Content

Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues including positive features of a diverse society, life for the marginalised and how criminals are treated.


Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world including teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment, politics and immigration, demonstrations and strikes – who holds the power?

How will I be assessed?

The exam board is AQA.

Paper 1:

Listening, Reading and Writing (Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes) 50% of A-level marks.

Paper 2:

Writing (Duration: 2 hours) 20% of A-level marks.

Speaking element (Duration: 21-23 minutes) 30% of A-level marks.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

You may need languages for all sorts of career destinations. Doctors, psychologists and physiotherapists need language skills to communicate effectively with patients whether they work in the UK or overseas.

Business people, bankers and entrepreneurs all need language skills to make deals and sell products on the global market. Politicians, historians, geographers and holiday reps all need language skills to get to know the people and area that they are passionate about.

In addition, careers in teaching, translating/interpreting, journalism, importing/exporting and catering will all require advanced level language skills.

A foreign language A-level will complement and enhance your other studies too.

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Evie Wisniewska

Evie Wisniewska

Aspirations Pay Off For Travel and Tourism Student

Former Travel and Tourism student Evie Wisniewska was inspired to aim high by her teachers at the Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills College so much so that she is working at managerial level early in her career.
Evie, a former pupil at Merrill Academy,came to the UK from Poland with her family when she was 12 and the initial language barrier took its toll on her confidence and self belief. She enrolled on the Travel and Tourism study programme at the Roundhouse and was initially unsure if this was something she wanted to do. 
However, her teacher took the time to motivate her to achieve her potential and inspired her to aim for higher education. Evie also embraced the work experience opportunities organised through her College study programme at Jury’s Inn and Alter Rock climbing centre in Derby which gave her a valuable insight into various aspects of the tourism industry.
She then progressed onto the University of Derby’s Buxton campus and graduated with a BA Hons First Class Honours degree in International Tourism Management before working at Skills Coaches as the Business Development Officer.
Evie is now working as Operations Manager at The Stay Company in the city where she is responsible for the marketing, letting and upkeep of the apart-hotel development of 29 high quality serviced apartments. 
“The work experience I gained at both college and university has greatly prepared me for the world of work and to gain a managerial job with wide responsibilities so early in my career.
“At The Stay Company I am able to use my creative, financial, analytical and customer service skills in this role and my goal is to progress with The Stay Company as it expands across the East Midlands.”

Derby College gave me the self-belief that I could set my sights high in this industry and I am so grateful for the support I had from my teachers.

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