French

A Level

Type of study
Full-Time
Examination board
AQA

Overview

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 the foreign language. You will carry out independent research on a chosen aspect of social, cultural, artistic or political life.

Listening, reading, speaking and writing skills will be continuously practised and developed. You’ll 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.

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.

Availability & Details

French, A Level HSDC-SD-AP2FRE

Venue
HSDC South Downs Campus
Dates
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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By exam at the end of the course and submission of a portfolio of coursework.

On this course you will study:

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:

  • 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:

  • 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

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 five hours per week.

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).

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The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at South Downs College.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook

There are great teachers here. South Downs College has felt more like a University than a school, and it’s definitely lived up to that more grown-up feel.

Vicky Lipscombe, A Level student

Progression

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.

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