A Level Programme

French A Level

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About this course

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 and video-conferencing, a modern foreign language is an enormous asset in many spheres of life and work.

The course has a four-part structure and involves the development of four aspects of language. It will enhance your understanding of Europe and its cultural differences.

During the course you will learn through a variety of exercises to read, listen to and understand texts from a variety of media sources. You will also present information, opinions and arguments either orally or on paper.

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.

What will I learn?

Course units include listening, reading and writing together with speaking tests

  • Aspects of French-speaking society trends, including ‘The Changing Nature of Family’
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world, including ‘A Culture Proud of its Heritage’
  • Aspects of French-speaking society, including ‘Positive Features of a Diverse Society’
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world, including ‘Teenagers, The Right to Vote & Political Comment’

You will also study a film and a book and have the opportunity to complete an individual research project.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are in listening, reading, writing and speaking.

  • Paper 1 - Listening, reading and writing assessment (2 hours 30 minutes)
  • Paper 2 - Writing assessment (2 hours)
  • Paper 3 - Speaking (23 minutes, including 5 minutes preparation)

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs with 2 at Grade B/6 and 3 at Grade C/4.

Additional Requirements: Grade 5 in English and Grade B/6 in French

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching, Business HNC/D
  • University - related degree, such as French, Marketing and Business
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Additional Information

The languages programme at Halesowen College is about much more than classroom-based activities. Through our partnerships with local schools and universities and through the range of extra curricular events available you will be able to practise your language skills and develop a deeper understanding of the culture and society of the relevant country.

French can be combined with most other subjects.