French A Level

Please note, this course information is for September 2021 entry.
The new admissions cycle for September 2022 entry will open in October 2021, and we recommend you check back for updates to course information.

Did you know that French is one of the most widely spoken languages with
over 120 million speakers worldwide? With increased globalisation and the opportunities offered by email, social networking and video-conferencing, a modern foreign language such as French is an enormous asset in many spheres of life and work.

French A Level involves the development of four aspects of the language (Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking). It will enhance your understanding of French-speaking countries and their cultural differences.

During the course, you will learn through a variety of exercises including reading and listening comprehension from a range of media sources. You will also present information, opinions and arguments either orally or in writing.

Through a range of units, you will consider many aspects of French-speaking society and culture, including the Changing Nature of the Family and A Culture Proud of its Heritage. A study of political life will look at topics such as, The Right to Vote for Teenagers.

You will also study a film and a book and have the opportunity to complete an Individual Research Project (IRP) in preparation for your speaking exam.

The first term includes a diagnostic and bridging course to ensure you have the necessary basic knowledge and skills to achieve your full potential in French.

How will I be assessed?

A combination of assessments includes 

Paper 1 – Listening & Reading comprehension and writing assessment (Translation) - 2 hours 30 minutes

Paper 2 – Writing assessment (Essays on the film and book) – 2 hours

Paper 3 – Speaking (presentation & discussion of IRP and stimulus card) – 23 minutes, including 5 minutes preparation

What do I need?

You will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6 including French and 3 at Grade 5 including English.

Retaking GCSE Maths as part of your programme is required if you do not have Grade 4.

Where can it take me?

You can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching and Business HNC/D. Alternatively, a degree in a related subject, such as French, Marketing or Business, could be an option.

Additional information

French A Level combines well with Business, Economics, English, History and another Modern Foreign Language.

This course is ideal if you are interested in a career as a Teacher, Linguist, Journalist, Translator, Interpreter, Banker or Travel Representative.

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