The topics studied in year one of the course include: a range of social issues and trends such as the changes in family structures in France, education and the world of work. You will also study aspects of the political and artistic culture including festivals and traditions, music, media and politics. In the second year of the course you will study the impacts, the challenges and the benefits of immigration on France since the XIX century. You will also cover WW2 and more specifically the German Occupation and the Resistance period. You will study a set film and a book which will be assessed through a target language essay. In addition, you will have to carry out an independent research project which will be assessed within the Speaking exam.
Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation 40%
Paper 2: Written response to works and translation 30%
Paper 3: Speaking 30%
Languages can be combined with any other subject to add an international dimension to your studies and your future career. The rest of the world most definitely does not “always speak English”. At university, the ERASMUS programme allows you to study for a year abroad at a European university – whatever the subject of your main course. Few UK students can do this, because they usually do not have the language skills; with an A level in a language, you will be in a much stronger position to study art in Italy or politics in Spain or law in France. Career options include: Interpreting, Translating, Teaching, Tourism, Journalism, Marketing, International Business.
In addition to our Programme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:
Grade 5 in French
*Native speakers of any of the languages that we offer (Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese) with no GCSE qualification, can still join the course provided their competence in the language is tested and discussed with the subject teacher and the head of Department.