Sixth Form - French A Level (FSFC)

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code BC203
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

This course will help you develop your knowledge of the French language and your understanding of French culture and society through the study of authentic and current articles, modern literary texts and films. The study of French at A Level will enable you to develop excellent communication and critical thinking skills, explore a wide range of topics about French contemporary society and give you the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of your choice.

Details

Year 1

In year one you will focus on technological and social change within French society such as the changing nature of family or the ‘cyber society’. You will also study either a modern literary text or a film and learn about highlights of French artistic culture including music and cinema. Throughout the two-year course you will build on your knowledge of the grammar learnt for GCSE and study the grammatical system and structures of the language.

Year 2

In year two you will cover further aspects of French society such as multiculturalism and diversity, life for the marginalised and how criminals are treated. You will also look at aspects of political life in France including how young people engage with politics. You will also study a second literary text or a film. You will be given the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of your choice. The study of grammar will continue. 

To really help you develop your speaking skills and increase your confidence, you will be asked to attend a 30-minute speaking session each week, either on an individual basis or in a small group.

How will it be delivered?

Learning methods

You will experience a wide variety of methods of learning, such as paired work and group work on a particular topic, traditional lessons, individual work such as listening activities, research work on a topic of your choice and literary analysis on a novel or a film. You will practise different skills every lesson, such as speaking, listening, reading and writing.

You will be expected to use websites such as Kerboodle, Languages Online, YouTube and others to support your learning. You will also use the AQA endorsed textbook which will be supplemented by the Elan grammar book. 

Assessment

Assessment is by examination.

  • Paper 1 is a listening, reading and translation paper which will assess the topics covered during the course. 
  • Paper 2 is a writing paper which will assess the texts and/or film studied during the course.
  • Paper 3 is the speaking exam which assesses the individual research project and some of the topics studied.

Entry requirements

We generally ask for a GCSE point score of 5 or above to study a two-year A Level programme.

This will ideally include a 5 or above in English and Maths.

Your average GCSE score will include the Grades for all your GCSE subjects, added together, then divided by the number of subjects you’ve taken.

Please note: If you have a GCSE point score between 4 and 5 you can access certain A Level subjects.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 in French. Alternatively, GCSE Grade 5 in French from the Higher Paper plus an interview with the subject tutor.

Your next steps...

This course is suitable for students who wish to progress to employment or on to Higher Education. There are many courses at university where you can combine languages with another subject, for example business, law, teaching or travel and tourism.

Knowledge of a foreign language will definitely improve your job prospects and career opportunities. Employers value language skills highly and language graduates are always sought-after.