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French A level

What will I study in French A level?

Learning a language has always been useful: the benefits literally speak for themselves! A French A level opens up a world of possibilities and will immediately make you stand out when you are competing for a university place.

Rather than dealing with functional, dare one say “dull” topics such as one’s pets, holidays and household chores, you will get to grips with the essence of French culture. You will study French cinema and have your mind challenged by Sartre. You will get to grips with the French political system and understand the issues surrounding immigration and the future of European civilisation as we know it.

This is a course for broad-minded people who have a fair for the language and who want to challenge themselves and their way of thinking.

Entry requirements

To study French at A level pupils are required to have gained a Grade 7 at GCSE.

Units of study

  • Unit 1: Changes in French society
  • Unit 2: The political and artistic cultures of French-speaking countries
  • Unit 3: Immigration and multicultural French society France during the Second World War Literature and flm: La Haine (Methieu Kassovitz, 1995) and Les Mains sales (Jean-Paul Sartre, 1948)

Assessment

Three papers:

  • Listening and Reading Comprehension; Translation into English
  • Written response to literature and film; Translation into French
  • Speaking

Where could it lead?

Anything, whatever you want to do, being able to do it in a second language makes you so much more employable.