A level in French
Modern Languages are a popular subject choice and provide excellent preparation for a wide range of professional careers such as Business Management, Computing, Diplomatic Services, Engineering, Finance, Journalism, Law and Translation. Students may of course study two languages, and combining a language with any other subject is often an excellent way to gain a place at a top university.
A level Course Outline
The A level Languages provision is offered at a high standard, which will allow students to build on the knowledge acquired at GCSE.
The course is suitable to you, if you:
- Enjoy language learning
- Enjoy learning about other cultures and be inspired by cultural curiosity
- Want to use a language for further study (e.g. at university)
- Want to work for companies with international links
In addition to discussing and learning about contemporary topics students will be able to enjoy finding out about cultural and historical aspects of the countries where their chosen language is spoken. An additional focus will be on film and contemporary literature.
A particular feature of this course is the development of an ability to understand and produce various texts with a focus upon the different registers of language required in a variety of contexts.
Extra support for the development of oral fluency and confidence is provided through weekly conversation classes with a native speaker.
Beyond the Classroom
There are a number of opportunities to practise the chosen language, for example during exchange trips. The MFL department organises annual visits to Barcelona, Berlin and Montpellier. There are also several enrichment opportunities throughout the two years including a translation symposium/workshop, the chance to support the teaching of languages in the Lower School by becoming a member of the MFL Society and different lectures delivered by university professors.
Skills required and developed
During the two-year course students will further develop their four language skills (reading. listening, writing and speaking) and will be able to understand increasingly longer texts and spoken dialogues. Students will also be encouraged to read for pleasure in the target language.
This course will equip students with the ability to discuss both orally and in writing topics of local, national and global importance as well as matters from a range of cultural sources. All of those skills are highly regarded by universities and future employers.
A levels will be linear and students will sit all exams at the end of the two-year course. AS will be decoupled from A level; therefore the two qualifications are completely different.
Students will study the grammatical concepts and structure of the language. The end of course exams will test their use of accurate grammar and structures appropriate to the task set.
The course will assess the following skills:
- Listening and responding to passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers.
- Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes.
- Translation into the language of study
- Speaking (discussion and presentation of topics)
- The study and research of books and films
Grade 6 in GCSE French guarantees a place on this course.
Please note that applicants must also meet our overall entry requirements of scoring at least a total of 42 points (simply add up all your GCSE grades) and achieve a Grade 4 or higher in both English Language and Mathematics.