Students study aspects of contemporary society, cultural background, political life and heritage of France and French speaking countries in greater depth than at GCSE. Students use French to analyse, hypothesise, evaluate, argue a case, justify, persuade, develop arguments and present viewpoints in speech and in writing. This demonstrates a capacity for critical thinking, to see relationships between different aspects of the subject and to perceive their field of study in a broader context.
Students learn to understand and apply grammatical systems and a range of structures and use a wider vocabulary. They also learn to transfer meaning from English into French and vice versa.
The course covers some very interesting topics, eg. social issues and trends, aspects of French-speaking society, multiculturalism, political and artistic culture as well as cyber-society.
In the first year students will study a film and in the second year they will study a book.
Continuous assessment will be used to inform the student’s progression into Year 13 and their registration for the A level French exam.
At the end of the second year students will sit 4 exams covering speaking, listening. reading and writing.
Grade 6 or above in GCSE French
Besides the traditional paths of interpreting, translating and teaching, students with language skills are in demand. These skills can be used in almost any career, particularly in businesses that trade internationally. There are also opportunities to work for the diplomatic service.
There are many degree courses in languages but you could also choose to combine French with a new language or a subject from a different area such as politics, music, engineering or law.