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French A Level at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

The course at Truro College will give you the opportunity to build on your knowledge of French that you have acquired at GCSE. One aspect of the course will be to improve your language skills, which means that you will learn vocabulary based on a variety of topic areas as well as grammar rules, which will enable you to make sense of the language and to use the language accurately.

You will develop all four language skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing. You will do this by using a wide range of materials, both in and outside the classroom. Your lessons will be conducted in specialist language rooms. You will also have access to our Languages Centre, where you can get help with your homework or any other aspect of your studies. Once a week, you will have a conversation session with our French Assistant to help you improve your confidence in speaking. You will also have the opportunity to take part in one of two trips to France. The Mini-Assistant Scheme involves a ten day stay in Brittany with a five day work experience placement in a primary school. We also offer an exchange trip to Morlaix.

The second aspect of your course will be to develop your knowledge of French-speaking countries and their culture. You will do this by studying various topics as part of your course, as well as a French film and a French book.

Course content

These are the possible topics that you will be studying as part of your course:

Year 1

  • Travel and Exploration
  • Working and studying abroad
  • Impact on society
  • Local economy
  • Local culture and festivals
  • Youth Culture
  • Cultural and musical events
  • Digital culture
  • Street art
  • A French Film


Year 2

  • Diversity and Difference
  • Migration
  • Integration / marginalisation
  • Cultural enrichment
  • Traditions
  • Occupied France during World War II
  • A French book

Entry requirements

The basic requirement is five GCSEs at grade C with a grade B Higher GCSE for French and English Language. An interest in French language and culture is also essential.


Your achievement in this subject is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality and effort. You will learn in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, and your progress will be monitored and assessed regularly by your lecturer.

You will have regular tests on vocabulary and grammar, as these form the basis for all your studies on this course.

A variety of homework tasks will be set and assessed in line with the exam mark schemes. These will include written work, reading and listening tasks, oral presentations and preparation for discussions.

You will review your own performance in termly 1:1 sessions with your lecturer.

You will undertake mock examinations in advance of your final exams.

You will be formally examined at the end of each year. There will be a written exam and a speaking exam. The exams at the end of the first year will be based on what you studied during that year. Your exams at the end of the second year will test your knowledge of all topics covered during the two years.

Future opportunities

A qualification in French is highly valued by universities and employers alike. At university, French can be studied alone or combined with almost any other subject. Employment prospects are very good for graduates with a language qualification.

Further information

We encourage all students to expose themselves to the French language and culture as much as possible. We provide various materials for this in our Languages Centre as well as personal support with all aspects of your studies. This includes one-to-one sessions, which focus on a particular aspect that you want to practise; but also group sessions, such as reading groups, to help you expand your vocabulary.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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