Why Should You Take This Course?
Studying French A Level will be a challenging yet rewarding and enriching experience. As well as gaining insight into other societies and cultures, French A Level will foster your ability to multitask, improve your confidence, personal communication and social skills as well as your ability for critical thinking all of which will give you an edge in today’s competitive job market.
A Level French is designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. During your studies you will not just develop your language skills but also enrich your understanding of the society and culture of the countries where French is spoken. You will study a series of interesting and engaging themes which look at the changing and diverse nature of French society and artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema as well as studying aspects of political life and engagement in the French-speaking world. You will also study a French film and a French novel in depth and will have the opportunity to research an individual project of your choosing in your second year. Emphasis is placed on practical communication using topical authentic material, although translation and knowledge and application of grammar will form an integral part of your learning. Lessons are conducted largely in the target language and you will learn to present cogent viewpoints, develop arguments, as well as to analyse and evaluate both spoken and written material. You will also have regular one to one speaking support sessions with your French assistant.
How will I be assessed?
100% exam. You will sit three exams, consisting of two written papers and a speaking exam. All examinations take place at the end of the course.
Are there any special expenses?
We would recommend buying a good bilingual dictionary to use at home. A self-study A Level grammar book would also be useful to help bridge the gap between A Level and GCSE. You could also purchase your own copy of the film and novel which are studied.
What could I do next?
French A Level is a highly regarded qualification by many higher education institutions and employers. It is considered a ‘facilitating subject' allowing access to a wide range of degree courses and professions. The A Level course will also provide a sound basis for studying French or another MFL in Higher Education. But did you know that a language can be combined with most university subjects thus broadening your opportunities and career prospects? Remember, the ability to speak a modern foreign language is a distinct advantage whatever your future career path.
If you wish to apply for 2020-2021 academic year, please complete the online application form.