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Will I Be Able to Handle French Distance Learning Fast-Track A-Level?

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    Hello! My question is about distance learning, how hard it is to do so for French, and how I can keep my level of French up.

    Since always, I've been a dedicated French learner. However, after moving schools (to a much better grammar school sixth form), I discovered I couldn't fulfil my want of continuing French to A-Level. This might have been for the better: the French class at my 6th form is a massive 20 students. Still, after I discovered that the majority of universities don't let students do a year abroad in Europe - or even do Language SSCs! - unless they have a qualification (preferably A-Level) in that language, I feel like I have to take things into my own hands if I want to continue into fluency.

    Although, I only just missed the A* at GCSE French, I'm taking Chemistry, Biology, History and EngLit for A-Levels - which are pretty serious subjects that require dedication.

    I've always wanted to grow my fluency by going to France for my year abroad - I'd rather go to a completely different uni than do a course without a year abroad (I want to do medicine).

    As a result, I've done a lot of research into distance learning, online courses, out-of-school tuition, fluency tests and evening classes. My question is, due to the intensity of my A-Level subjects, should I get a (preferably UCAS-recognised) qualification while I'm just out of GCSE French or wait until I potentially drop one? Should I get a tutor or could I do learn well with it just online? Would it be more realistic if I did a Short Course/AS Level rather than a 2-year A-Level, and if so which is better? Maybe I should fast-track over summer holidays? Do I simply get a tutor and see if I can raise my fluency, without getting a certificate, and hope I can prove that I can speak French well enough?

    Are there any people who have done either an A-Level language (whether in school or otherwise) or a Distance Learning/Fast Track course (whether French or otherwise) who could help?


    P.S - My main aim here is to keep my French levels up, and going to another country/doing classes on-campus are the most foreseeable ways of doing it. I want to be as able as possible to prove to the uni that I am able to do this, and an A in GCSE French isn't enough.

    Sorry you've not had any responses about this. Are you sure you've posted in the right place? Here's a link to our subject forum which should help get you more responses if you post there.

    Just quoting in Danny Dorito so she can move the thread if needed :wizard:
    (Original post by Danny Dorito)

    MFL don't really lend themselves to distance study - it's relatively easy to do the receptive skills and, possibly, writing but speaking is going to be tricky. How is the course set up to give you adequate practice in speaking, and how will you adequate prepare for your oral?

    I would recommend a tutor rather than online, so that you can keep up the oral skills as these would be hard to cover by distance learning.

    AS is probably more realistic than a whole A-level, but if you need an a-level to be able to do the year abroad then I guess you'd have to do the whole thing. I'm applying for MFL at uni so I don't know what the requirements are for a year abroad with other degrees.

    A lot of unis have a language centre or languages for all programme, which would allow you to learn French from post GCSE level (generally not for credit) up to a pretty good standard but idk if this would allow you to take a year abroad.

    If you've shortlisted some unis you could email them to ask what options you have in terms of carrying on French and taking a year abroad.
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