More than 300 million people speak French on the five continents. French is also the only language, alongside English, that is taught in every country in the world.
French is a good base for learning other languages, especially Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian) as well as English, since a significant percentage of English vocabulary is derived from French.
Other subjects can be organised on an individual basis. Please speak to the Admissions Officer for more details.
One or two years.
Why study it and what skills does it develop?
By learning a foreign language, you give yourself the chance to see the world in a different way. You can explore a new culture and access films, plays and books as they were meant to be seen and read. You will also increase your employability as there is always a demand for people who can speak more than one language across a very wide range of careers.
you will deepen your grammatical competence and broaden your vocabulary so that you can converse about and debate real-world issues, and immerse yourself into the culture, literature and arts of the country. The course will introduce you to French society, history and culture. You will read the French press, listen to the French news and watch French films so as to develop your knowledge.
Knowledge of a foreign language is ever more valuable in an increasingly connected world. Many employers look for knowledge of at least one other language across a wide range of jobs. Understanding a language is a first step to understanding a people and a culture. Another language enables you to enjoy everything from a casual conversation to a classic novel as it was meant to be read. It also provides a means by which to reflect upon your own culture and gain a deeper understanding of your mother tongue. An A level is typically a prerequisite for studying the language at university.
What prior knowledge and skills are required?
You need an interest in languages and the culture of another country and its people.
You should ideally have an A or A* at GCSE. If it is your mother tongue or a second language, you will need to be able to speak and write it proficiently. You will also need an interest in other cultures and a logical mind to cope with the grammar.
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