A Level French is a fascinating mix of culture, society and language learning and builds on the skills, vocabulary and structures you have learnt at GCSE.
The course focuses primarily on language skills and aims to enable you to discuss and write about a range of issues from culture (heritage, music, etc.) right through to social issues (immigration, right of vote, etc). You will engage in a wide range of activities in lessons, ensuring a suitable balance between the different skills, including translating unseen passages in both languages and responding critically to the different aspects of culture and society studied.
You will have the opportunity to speak French in the classroom and in small conversation groups once a week. Your lessons will be delivered by native speakers. 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.
At AS you will learn more about the French speaking world looking at artistic culture such as music and its impact on pop culture, cinema and tourism. You will also cover the recent changes in family structure, cyber-society as well as the place of voluntary work in the French speaking world and studying a French film.
At A Level you will cover the same themes as the AS/one year course, but in more detail. In your second year you will develop ‘un œil critique’ on some more complex issues including multiculturalism, immigration and the prison system in the ‘Francophonie’. The study of a French book and an independent research project on a subject of personal interest which will be assessed in the Speaking component will complete your course.
Grade 6 in French or equivalent foreign qualification.
Listening, reading and writing papers and oral exams.
After studying A-Level French you will come away with a skill which will enormously enrich your life as well enhance your employability post-university. Language study contributes to a broad general education and gives you invaluable practical and transferable skills for the future. You may choose to specialise in French at university or combine your language with other subjects such as Engineering, History, Media and Journalism, Management and Business Studies, Teaching, Fashion Design, Travel and Hospitality Management, Accountancy, European Studies, or International or European Law or even Medicine.
A qualification in AS or A Level French is very highly regarded by universities due to the huge range of study skills that students acquire during their course; it develops critical and analytical thinking, good communication skills and improves grammatical awareness. Such meticulousness strongly enhances students’ future work be it at University or in a professional capacity.