A Level French is a fascinating mix of culture, society and language learning and builds on the skills, vocabulary and
structures you have learnt at GCSE.
The course aims to enable you to discuss and write about a range of issues from culture (heritage, music, etc.) right through to social issues (immigration, right to vote, etc). You will have the opportunity to speak French in small conversation groups once a week and an opportunity to take part in a week of work experience in the second year. In your first year you will learn about the French speaking world, looking at artistic culture and its impact on pop culture, cinema and tourism. You will also cover the recent changes in family structure or the place of voluntary work, and study a film.
In your second year you will develop ‘un oeil critique’ on some more complex issues including multiculturalism and the prison system in the ‘Francophonie’. The study of a book and an independent research project, which will be assessed in the speaking component, will complete your course.
A qualification in A Level French is very highly regarded by universities due to the huge range of study skills that students acquire during their course; it develops critical and analytical thinking, good communication skills and improves grammatical awareness. Such meticulousness strongly enhances students’ future work be it at University or in a professional capacity.