A Level French

Why Study French?

  • Languages give you a sense of achievement and stretch your mind
  • A new language opens up a whole new culture: when you learn a language you also learn how other people live and find out about the world through their eyes
  • The typical profile expected from future business leaders fully reflects the demands of the globalised world; language graduates will find a good job more easily than others
  • You learn key skills such as how to form an argument, structure an essay, how to present yourself
  • Smaller classes allow for increased discussion, independence and class time in ICT suites
  • We have native speakers that conduct individual conversation classes and provide extra support

What are the Career Opportunities?

There will be a range of opportunities open to you where you can continue to use and further develop your language skills and knowledge of contemporary society. Some pupils choose to study degree courses in languages which include a year abroad; others choose to pursue a higher education course in another subject, but choose a language option alongside it. Having a language A Level will improve your employability, in particular with companies which have international branches. Whether you are interested in continuing your studies or working at home or abroad, a language course is an excellent step towards achieving your goals!

Course Outline and Assessment

Pupils will study current trends and issues in French-speaking society, artistic culture in the French-speaking world, aspects of political life and grammar, which will be assessed in a written examination (50%). In addition, pupils will study either one text and one film or two texts from a set list. Assessment is by way of a written examination (20%). An oral examination based on pupils’ individual research project accounts for the remaining 30% of the A level.

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