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French (A Level)

French charm ... global appeal

Head of Department: Ms M Tournier

Bonjour, Bienvenue. Are you interested in learning about the language, culture, history and current affairs of the French speaking world?  If so, studying a language at Advanced Level could be for you.

CURRICULUM INFORMATION (FRENCH)

  • Entry Criteria for A Level Study:
    Ideally Grade 6 or above at GCSE French (or French native speakers).
  • Exam SpecificationAQA
  • Curriculum Map and Learning Journey

 

WHAT WILL I BE STUDYING ON THE COURSE?

You will study:

  • Theme 1: Changes in French Society (family, education, work place and laws)
  • Theme 2: Political and artistic culture in the French speaking world (media, music, films, fashion, traditions, freedom of speech)
  • Theme 3: Immigration and integration
  • Theme 4: France and Resistance during Nazi Occupation in World War II

In addition, you will complete a film study in the first year of the course (La Haine de Mathieu Kassovitz) and a book study in the second year of the course (Un sac de Billes de Joseph Joffo) . For the speaking element of the qualification you will complete an individual research project that will be presented orally.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING IN LESSONS?

Languages are taught interactively. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills through a wide variety of different mediums such as video, TV, Internet research and music. As well as topic-based lessons, you will have lesson time in the language lab to help with listening. You will have weekly grammar lessons and you will have a language assistant to help you with speaking both individually and in small groups. 

You will learn to communicate and debate views about current affairs. You will learn a lot about cultural references, the arts and the literature of the country. You will learn to debate on politics, and socio-economic issues.

HOW WILL THE COURSE BE ASSESSED?

Internally you will have milestones assessments every six weeks and regular speaking practice in class where you will assess each other using mark schemes. Externally at the end of the course you will have three papers:

Paper 1
: Listening, reading and writing

External written examination, 40% of A Level

Paper 2: Writing
External written examination, 30% of A Level

Paper 3: Speaking
Oral examination, 30% of A Level

WHICH OTHER SUBJECTS GO WELL WITH modern languages?

Virtually any.  We have students taking science subjects, mathematicians, historians, those in the fields of English language or literature and business, to name but a few.

AND AFTER THE COURSE?

French, and indeed languages in general, can be studied with nearly any subject at university level. Many modern languages and Italian graduates have pursued careers in law, accountancy, banking & finance, journalism, marketing and public relations, the Civil Service, translation and interpreting as well as teaching. Those with language skills are a relative rarity in the UK; therefore employment prospects are extremely high.

WHICH EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS WILL I LEARN?

  • Effective oral and written communication skills - in two (or more) languages
  • Adaptability: understanding cultural differences
  • Maturity and independence
  • IT skills
  • Good learning strategies
  • Team-working / responsibility / initiative
  • Adaptability, understanding of different cultures

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FRENCH

Q:  Is it a big jump from GCSE to A level?
A:  While there is an increase in difficulty, this is one of the best things about the course.  A level study gives you the chance to delve deeper into French culture and explore the language in a more revealing and engaging way than is possible at GCSE.  We are specialists in teaching at this level and are here to help you manage the transition into post-16 learning.

Q:  What kinds of support or practice opportunities are offered outside regular lessons?
A:  We are very lucky to have native speakers with us at Gumley House who run weekly conversation classes where you can meet with other students in very small groups (usually 3 or 4) and talk over what you have been learning about in class and  build your confidence in speaking and listening in French.

Q: What is a typical class size?
A:  Classes are usually made up of between 5 - 10 students.  We do lots of pair and group work in lessons in order to make learning interactive and lively, and there is always a warm and buzzing atmosphere in the classroom.

Q:  What kind of things do students end up doing after the course?
A:  The majority of our students go on to study French in higher education: many apply to universities in the UK (and some even abroad!) to study modern languages (one, two, or even three languages).  Some students choose to combine French with another subject, giving them the opportunity to have a year abroad as part of their degree.  A Level French is a qualification which is extremely attractive to university admissions tutors, apprenticeship providers and employers because it makes your CV stand out against all other applicants. 

HEAR FROM SOME OF OUR STUDENTS

CAREERS AND LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION

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