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Why French?

A world language

More than 300 million people speak French on the five continents. The OIF, an international organisation of French-speaking countries, comprises 88 member states and governments. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the fifth most widely spoken language in the world.

French is also the only language, alongside English, that is taught in every country in the world. France operates the biggest international network of cultural institutes, which run French-language courses for close to a million learners.

A language for the international job market

The ability to speak French and English is an advantage in the international job market. A knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world. As one of the world’s largest economies and a leading destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic partner...Businesses used to employ English speaking French people, now they are looking for British people who speak French and understand France.

The language of culture

French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. 

A language for travel

France is the world’s top tourist destination and attracts more than 87 million visitors a year. The ability to speak even a little French makes it so much more enjoyable to visit Paris and all the regions of France and offers insights into France’s culture and way of life. French also comes in handy when travelling to French-speaking parts of the world.

A language for higher education

Speaking French opens up opportunities to study at renowned French universities and business schools, ranked among the top higher education institutions in Europe and the world.

The other language of international relations

French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts. French is the language of the three cities where the EU institutions are headquartered: Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg.

A language that opens up the world

An ability to understand French provides access to an alternative view of the world. You can follow French thinkers and leaders from all over the world and news from the leading French-language international media (e.g., TV5Monde, France 24 and Radio France Internationale).

A language for learning other languages

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.

GCSE French

The GCSE is about giving you the tools to function in French.  By the end of the course, you will be able to express yourself clearly about a number of common topics.  You will also have learnt enough to keep improving your French every time you go to France or a French-speaking country.

A-Level French

With an A-Level, you will truly be able that you speak and write French as, at this level,  this is a minimum.  The work focuses on modern-day issues such as politics, sociology, the environment and France in the world.  It is all very exciting and the standard is so high that you will know more about France than most 18 yr old French people do.

If you are passionate about France or its language, this course could be for you!

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