French A Level
This course will build on your existing GCSE knowledge of French – all the skills, vocabulary and structures you have already learned form the foundation for the two available qualifications: AS standalone (1 year course) and A level (2 year linear course). In this course you will engage in a wide range of activities and skills in lessons which will be delivered by native speakers. You will become confident in the use of tenses and complex grammatical structures. You will broaden your vocabulary rapidly and will develop new skills such as translating. You will also increase your knowledge and understanding of aspects of the society, the culture and history of France. It will also help to develop your critical thinking skills and you will learn to express your own ideas and opinions in both written and spoken French.
You will have the opportunity to speak French in the classroom and in small conversation groups. In addition to speaking French in class, you will have a session with the French Assistant once a week. There will be opportunities to take part in a one-week residential trip in the first year and a week of work experience in the second year.
The topics you will study in the AS or first year of the course:
Changes in French society: family, education, the world of work
Political and artistic culture: music, media, festivals and traditions
The topics you will study in year 2 of the A level course:
Immigration and multicultural French society
The occupation and the resistance
An independent research project on a subject of personal interest
Entry requirements: Grade B in French or equivalent foreign qualification.
Course assessment: A level: listening, reading and writing papers and oral exams.