The A level course is designed to follow on naturally from GCSE, with equal emphasis placed on each of the four language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing. During the course you will explore a wide range of exciting aspects that will help
you develop not only your level of French to an advanced standard but also your knowledge of the society and culture, past and present, of France and other French speaking countries.
The course will cover:
(i) Social issues and trends in France
and other French speaking
countries - changes in the family, the
‘cybersociety’, voluntary work and
(ii) Political and artistic culture in
France and other French speaking
countries - cultural heritage in the
Francophone world, music, cinema,
politics and immigration.
Additionally, the course also gives you the
opportunity to learn more about France
through the study of one film (La Haine)
and a short novel (Kiffe Kiffe Demain).
Grammar will be an important part of
your French studies throughout the
whole A level course and you will be able
to understand and use the language in a
more confident and successful manner
as a result.
A study visit or an exchange to France
(Paris, Vendée area, Bergerac, or
elsewhere) is offered to both first and
second students. This is not compulsory,
but it is strongly recommended for
improving communication skills and
giving you the opportunity to experience
French culture and life.
Listening, reading, writing, translation and speaking skills will all be assessed through three exam papers.
Paper 1 Listening, Reading and Translation (50% of A level grade)
Paper 2 Writing (20% of the grade)
Paper 3 Speaking (30% of the grade)
Grade 6 GCSE French.
Applicants with a grade 5 with a proven aptitude in the language will require an interview with a language teacher.
French students regularly go into highly competitive areas such as law, business, management, consultancy, accountancy, international press agencies, the media, the Foreign Office, the performing arts and many others.
Some students also pursue careers that make special use of their language skills ? in travel and tourism, teaching, translating/interpreting.