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French A level at The Bourne Academy

Course description

A-level develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context.

Course content


  • Topic 1: Media – Television, advertising, communication technology
  • Topic 2: Popular culture – Cinema, Music, Fashion / trends
  • Topic 3: Healthy living /Lifestyle – Sport / exercise, Health and well-being, holidays •
  • Topic 4: Family / Relationships – Relationships within the family, friendships, marriage / partnerships


  • Topic 1: Environment – Pollution, energy, protecting the planet
  • Topic 2: The multicultural society – Immigration, integration, racism
  • Topic 3: Contemporary social issues – Wealth and poverty, law and order, Impact of scientific and technological progress
  • Topic 4: Cultural topic – A French region; a period of French 20th century history; a French author; a French dramatist or poet; a French director, architect, musician or painter

Entry requirements

Students will need to have five or more A*-C grades at GCSE. You must have at least a grade B in GCSE French, although we would strongly recommend you have grade A or A*. You also need a genuine interest and enthusiasm for the French language and culture.


100% examination at both AS and A2.

AS Examinations:

  • Unit 1 – Listening, Reading and Writing (2 hour written examination)
  • Unit 2 – Speaking test (35 minutes speaking test, including 20 minutes preparation)

A2 Examinations:

  • Unit 3 – Listening, Reading and Writing (2 hours 30 minutes written examination)
  • Unit 4 – Speaking test (35 minutes speaking test including 20 minutes preparation)

Future opportunities

An A level in a Modern foreign language is highly regarded by universities as it provides a sound basis for further study. Being fluent in another language will not only facilitate foreign travel and provide an insight into another culture and society, it will strongly enhance employment prospects for a wide range of occupations and sectors. If you are interested in a job in education, diplomatic services, customer services, international marketing, transport industries and some areas of law and finance, a modern foreign language can become a central part or a useful tool of your career.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bourne Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years