What will I study?
The A level course is designed to follow on naturally from GCSE, with equal emphasis placed on each of the four language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing. You will develop not only your level of French to an advanced standard, but also your knowledge of the society and culture, past and present, of France and other French speaking countries.
The course will cover themes such as:
(i) Social issues and trends in France and other French speaking countries (eg. changes in the family, the 'cyber-society', voluntary work and crime)
(ii) Political and artistic culture in France and other French speaking countries (eg. cultural heritage in the Francophone world, music, cinema, politics and immigration)
A study visit or an exchange to France (Paris, Vendée area, or elsewhere) is offered to both first and second students. This is not compulsory, but it is strongly recommended for improving communication skills and giving you the opportunity to experience French culture and life.
Around £300 for the residential study visit /exchange.
Listening, reading, writing, translation and speaking skills will all be assessed through three exam papers.
Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Translation
Paper 2 – Writing
Paper 3 - Speaking
Grade 6 GCSE French. If you have a Grade 5,
evidence of a higher tier ability in at least 2 of the four skills will be
Minimum average GCSE score required 4.25.
Useful Supporting Courses
It is possible to study up to three separate languages at Advanced Level.
Languages support virtually every other choice of subjects, particularly English Language or Literature, the humanities and social sciences and business.
The EU Commission has declared foreign languages to be a 'basic skill' for lifelong learning and citizenship. In every environment, speaking languages will give you access to the whole world.