Many UK companies would prefer to employ graduates with a good knowledge of French over equally qualified candidates.
The French A Level course has been designed to give you a profound understanding of the language. Not only will you know more about the mechanics of the language but also about how people live and use language on a day-to-day basis. Students find that a language is a natural fit for many subjects, enabling them to use their skills and qualifications to access career opportunities at home and abroad.
Over the two year course, you will be studying the topics below, which build on what you have studied at GCSE and cover a wide range of interesting and engaging issues from politics to cultural heritage. You will also study a literary text and a film from a set list. The common thread amongst all of this is discovering how people speak at a personal level, and what their individual views are on these everyday topics. Finally, you will complete an independent research project on a topic of your choice, allowing you to deepen your knowledge of the French speaking world and make links with your other subjects and/or interests.
1 Aspects of French Speaking Society – Current Trends
A –The changing nature of family
B – The ‘Cyber-Society’
C – The place of voluntary work
2 Aspects of French Speaking Society – Current Issues
A – Positive features of a diverse society
B – Life for the marginalised
C – How criminals are treated
3 Artistic Culture in the French Speaking World
A – A culture proud of its heritage
B – Contemporary Francophone music
C – Cinema – the 7th Art Form
4 Aspects of Political Life in the French Speaking World
A – Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
B – Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
C – Politics and immigration
Listening, Reading and Writing
Total marks: 100; 2 hours 30 minutes
50% of total A Level
Listening: 30 marks
Reading: 50 marks
Translation into English: 10 marks
Translation into French: 10 marks
Total marks: 80; 2 hours
20% of total A Level
Two critical essays on the prescribed
literary texts /films: 40 marks each
Total marks: 60; 21-23 minutes
30% of total A Level
Discussion of stimulus card: 25 marks
Research project: 35 marks
An A Level in French can help you to develop within a range of career areas. Being proficient in a language will give you broader career options in England and abroad. For those who want to specialise in language, there is translation, interpretation, teaching or diplomacy. Or maybe you want to work in the travel and tourism industry. Even as an engineer, journalist or designer, being proficient in a language will give you a much wider range of career options. Finally, there are extra-curricular opportunities for students; becoming a French ambassador, taking part in the United Nations Conference in Geneva, leading mini lectures on key French writers or artists and leading our Film Club.