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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

Adult 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 at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English Language at grade 5 (C/B) and Maths at grade 4 (C).

In addition, you should have GCSE French at grade 5 [C/B] or above. 

You will be expected to demonstrate a keen interest in French-speaking countries and their culture.

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol on a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a committed attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study.

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: issues 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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Emily Gray

Emily Gray

Peak Award Winner Emily now studying for master’s in Australia

Former Peak Award winner Emily Gray was motivated to achieve “more than she ever thought she was capable of” while studying for A levels at Derby College.  
 
And, since leaving Joseph Wright Centre 10 years ago, she has quite literally gone a long way – to university in Melbourne, Australia, to take a Master of Education degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis.    
 
Now 27, Emily received a Peak Award for Academic Studies after performing well in her sociology, history and psychology A levels and EPQ, the Extended Project Qualification.  
 
While on her psychology degree course at the University of Leeds, Emily embarked on a study year at Monash University in Melbourne.    
 
And, since graduating, she has taught English in Peru, volunteered and worked in Sri Lanka and travelled in Australia before settling in Melbourne with her partner.    
 
Currently studying for her master’s at Monash University, Emily also works as a site manager at a centre-based intervention service based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for pre-school aged children on the autism spectrum.     She ultimately wants to become a clinical psychologist or clinical director of an agency providing ABA.    
 
Commenting on her Peak Award in 2009, Emily added that it was “really unexpected and a huge honour.” She included the award in her CV and found it was “something she was able to talk about in interviews.”            

My lecturers were fantastic!  They were really passionate about their subject, particularly psychology lecturer Glyn Pickering, who motivated me and pushed me to achieve more than I thought I was capable of.


I also got great support at Derby College in applying for university and higher education. I was able to go on a residential trip to experience Oxford University, and received specialist and individual help with my application, personal statement and interview preparation.

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