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A Level French

Are you passionate about languages? Do you want to communicate with speakers of a foreign language? Are you interested in other cultures and discussing current affairs? Do you enjoy learning grammar, reading and writing? Do you have a good memory and a logical mind? Then this course is for you! A foreign language will greatly enhance your job opportunities both in the UK and abroad. If you are considering a career in business, international organisations, travel and tourism, hospitality, interpreting, translating or teaching, then having advanced language skills can be invaluable.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and usually Mathematics. This must include French at grade B or above or an equivalent level of proficiency in the language.

Course Content

During this two year course you will explore the language, culture and society of the countries where the language is spoken and develop a critical and analytical approach to film and literature in French. You will carry out independent research on a chosen aspect of social, cultural, artistic and political life.
Listening, reading, speaking and writing skills will be continuously practised and developed. You will be encouraged to express opinions, discuss topics and current affairs and use a wider range of vocabulary and grammatical structures to become an accurate and independent user of the language.
You will also have the opportunity to take part in our organised visits and student exchanges.

Year 1 Topics:
• Aspects of French society: social issues and current trends such as
attitudes to marriage, equality of opportunity, communication technology, healthy lifestyles, medical advances and related ethical issues.
• Artistic culture in the French-speaking world: the significance of TV, film theatre and music.
• Detailed study of a film.
Year 2 Topics:
• Multiculturalism in French society: immigration, racism and integration.
• Aspects of political and social life in the French-speaking world: political systems, regional identity, pressure groups, the role of the EU, law & order.
• Detailed study of a novel.
• Grammar.

How will I be taught?

The language laboratory will be used regularly for listening comprehension. There will be considerable oral work, either as a whole group, small group or pair work. Grammar will be fully revised and extended to develop the use of more complex structures. This will then be consolidated by a variety of written tasks. Reading comprehension and translations skills will also be developed. You will be expected to learn vocabulary regularly and complete homework of approximately 5 hours per week.


How will I be assessed?

Students will be entered for three examination papers:

Paper 1:  Listening, Reading and Writing (Translation)

Paper 2:  Writing (an essay on one text and one film or two texts from a set list)

Paper 3:  Speaking (discussion of a stimulus card plus individual research project).

Will I need any extra equipment?


What qualifications will I get?

On completion of this two year course you will be awarded an A level In French.


What will it allow me to do in the future?

You may decide to continue to study language at university by either focusing on one language or combining language study with almost any other subject. This A Level is a great asset for University and employment as you will acquire invaluable transferable skills such as autonomy, creativity, analytical and critical thinking and communication skills.

Course Information

In addition to 5 hours of classes a week you are required to attend conversation practice with the language assistant in a small group or on a one-one basis outside the normal class hours.

Students are highly encouraged to take part in a residential visit to Brittany. In this way their horizons are broadened and their competence in the language improved.

If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August in the year you start your course you should contact Admissions as fees may apply for this course. Where fees apply you may be entitled to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan.

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