About this course
This is a one-year French AS level course and is suitable for students wishing to further their existing knowledge of French. The course is ideal if you wish to develop a deeper knowledge of French society, language and culture. You will also benefit from this course if you need to use French for work, study, training or leisure activities.
You will develop all four skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing. This course will also provide an insight into the cultural aspects of French speaking countries as well as providing the opportunities for students to explore contemporary issues.
You will have access to a range of multi-media and IT resources. Students are able to utilise the IT facilities in College, located in the Learning Centres and in the Open Access Suite where daily support is available. Advice, help and encouragement are also offered to students who are not familiar with ICT.
French grammar is taught at each meeting and is reinforced through exercises and help sheets that can be accessed via Moodle (the College’s internet-based learning environment).
There will also be opportunities to develop oral skills with native French speakers. Contacts with French and Québec schools are also provided and encouraged throughout the course.
What you will study
The course comprises the following topic areas:
Leisure and Lifestyles: This topics includes travel and tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs, traditions, healthy living - health and nutrition, diet and exercise; unhealthy living - drugs, aids, smoking, alcohol, etc.
The Individual and Society: this topic covers relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture (values, peer groups, fashion and trends etc.), education, vocational training and future careers.
The course is assessed by examination covering the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students sit two exams FN1 (12-15 minute Oral in April/ May) and FN2 (2.5 hour Listening, reading and writing exam in May).
Elan 1 (WJEC) by Danièle Bourdais & Gill Maynard
Elan Grammar workbook & CD by Gill Maynard & Marian Jones
Course fee per year
Exam Fee: £60.00
Course Fee: £460.00
A minimum of 5 GCSEs Grade A* - C to include English and Maths. Individual subjects smay require higher grades. Mature learners without these qualifications may be accepted after an interview with the subject tutor.
- The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
- Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
- Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
- Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
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- Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
- Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
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I came to the College as I wanted to travel and become more independent – it’s so modern and looks amazing. When I saw the library I was sold. Honestly the library was my main pull, there are so many books I loved it.
Someone came in to speak to us about the Sutton Trust, which gives students a taste of life at American universities. I applied - it was really competitive but I got in. We went to a different state every day, and we went to different colleges including Princeton and Harvard. I also had a week at Warwick Uni and a week at Nottingham Uni. It was so good – I just loved it.
You have a lot of support at the College, especially from the Careers and Ideas team. I think there are a lot more opportunities here as it is such a big college with so many resources.
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