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French at Chatham Grammar School for Boys

Course description

The course encourages a greater appreciation of French language, society and culture, as well as a greater understanding of language in general. It would therefore be of great benefit to English Language and literature students.  In the first year, candidate will work on reaching a high level of accuracy in the comprehension and expression of information and ideas covering personal, social, economic and political issues. They will also be encouraged to read whole texts and watch films in French. In the second year, they will develop their ability to discuss and debate a particular point of view chosen by them. Greater emphasis on precision of expression and comprehension will be required as well as the ability to analyse in greater depth.

Course content

The course is divided into 4 units.

Unit 1: Spoken Expression and Response in French Students will be expected to develop speaking skills while studying 4 general topic areas: Youth culture and concerns; lifestyle: health and fitness; the world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the French‐speaking world; education and employment.

Unit 2: Understanding and Written Response in French: listening, reading & writing skills through the study of French‐language texts and recordings related to the 4 topics listed in Unit 1.

Unit 3: Understanding and Spoken Response in French (Debate on a topic of their choice)

Unit 4: Research, Understanding and Written Response in French. Students will develop the ability to debate in French and discuss current affairs as well as writing skills on a wide range of subjects and for various purposes. There is a requirement for independent reading and research that needs to be analysed.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A* - C GCSEs including English Language and mathematics

At least grade B in GCSE French


Unit 1: Speaking test conducted by teacher & externally assessed ‐ 15%

Unit 2: Listening, reading & writing ‐ 35%

Unit 3: Speaking test conducted by teacher & externally assessed ‐ 17,5%

Unit 4: Translation, a discursive essay and a research‐based essay 32.5%

Future opportunities

Many universities, particularly prestigious ones like the Russell group and Oxbridge regard language study highly and A-Level language qualifications make a significant contribution to any application.  Direct use of languages following Higher Education: translating, interpreting, teaching, commerce, tourism and travel. Indirect use of languages for careers: law, accountancy, secretarial skills, export marketing & selling, insurance, hotels, catering, merchant banking, engineering, manufacturing, computing & purchasing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chatham Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 24 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year at AS, 1 year at A2