A language A-level opens many doors. The new linear syllabus for AQA is focused on the study of French culture, including social issues, music, cinema and politics. During the second year you will also make an in-depth study of a novel and a film. This is a great opportunity to gain the confidence to speak and write freely in French, on a variety of topical issues, in addition to acquiring transferable research and analytical skills. You will improve your ability to problem solve, to be creative and above all to communicate well, all of which are vital skills for today’s job market.

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A Level

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What will I study?

Current trends of the French-speaking society

  • The changing nature of family
  • The "cyber-society"
  • The place of voluntary work

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

  • A culture proud of its heritage
  • Contemporary francophone music
  • French cinema

Current issues in the French-speaking society

  • Positive features of a multicultural society
  • Life for the marginalised
  • How criminals are treated

Aspects of the political life in the French-speaking world

  • Teenagers' political commitment
  • Strikes, who holds the power?
  • Politics and immigration

How will I learn?

You will learn and be assessed on the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. You will be involved in a wide range of activities that will enhance your understanding and production of the language.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through examinations at the end of the 2-year course. 

Paper 1 includes Listening, Reading and Translation

Paper 2 consists of 2 essays about the book and the film you will have studied in class.

Paper 3 is the oral examination, an individual assessment of your ability to express yourself on the topics studied in class and the presentation of a research project.

Are there any trips on this course?

There will be a language and culture trip to Normandy. 
In the second year we encourage you to arrange work experience week through Halsbury Travel.

Are there any extra costs?

- Optional trips. (Prices to be confirmed)

- Novel studied in class (about ₤6)

Are there any specific entry requirements?

GCSE Grade 6 in French

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Do I need any study aids?

Classroom textbooks and online resources will be provided.  You will also have the option of purchasing an e textbook for your phone or tablet.  An A-level vocabulary book and a grammar book might also be useful. You may wish to purchase your own DVD of the chosen film and will need to buy a copy of the novel in the second year.

How big is the step from GCSE ?

At the end of the 2-year course, you will have jumped up a big step. But the course is progressive, we go right back to basics in grammar, pronunciation and progressively build up the high-level vocabulary required to understand and talk about the set topics.

Will the classes be taught in French?

The best way to learn a language is to hear it and speak it as much as possible, so yes, most of the lesson will be in French. The only exception might be a tricky grammar point or an essential piece of information. This should not be a worry. Through gestures, pictures, synonyms or help from your classmates, you will get used to this very quickly.

What can I do to prepare myself for French A-Level?

Immerse yourself in all things French! Listen to French music, watch French films (with English subtitles), read French magazines or short stories, etc. Enjoy it. You could also do some revision of your basic grammar on LanguagesOnline. A little often is the best recipe for success in this course.