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A-Level French at Silverdale

Course description

A-Level French AQA: Understand and study in greater depth aspects of the contemporary society, cultural background, political life and heritage of France and French speaking countries. Use the foreign language to analyse, hypothesise, evaluate, argue a case, justify, persuade, develop arguments and present viewpoints in speech and in writing. Demonstrate a capacity for critical thinking, to see relationships between different aspects of the subject and to perceive their field of study in a broader context. Understand and apply grammatical systems and a range of structures as detailed in the A level specification, and use a wider vocabulary. Transfer meaning from English into the foreign language and vice versa.

Course content

Year 1 : Candidates are required to study social and cultural life of the French speaking countries, developing their skills in all areas of the language and enhancing their grammar knowledge.

Year 2 : The A-Level modules cover environmental, social and political issues and greater emphasis is placed on accuracy and use of language. Candidates will also study elements of French Cinema, Literature, Geography, History and Politics.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 or above in GCSE French


At the end of the second year students will sit an oral exam and a listening, reading and writing examination.

Future opportunities

Access to foreign language degrees and courses which include a language component, eg Business with French, Law with French, Engineering, Biology & Chemistry. Many universities particularly welcome applications from students with language skills in their efforts to establish links with universities across Europe.  Career opportunities including marketing, banking, sales, information technology, teaching and interpreting.

The traditional role of A-Level as a gateway to further study is maintained and extended by this qualification. The A-Level remains the main qualification for gaining entry to courses in French in Higher Education. A-Level French offers possibilities for entry into HE to read for degrees in subjects not always available at school and college level.

Studying A-Level French offers evidence to prospective employers of a significant level of achievement in all language skills, together with evidence of critical insight and a knowledge and understanding of another culture and the place of that culture within European development. Students leaving school to enter employment after gaining an A-Level Language qualification are able to show some evidence of language skills relating to the World of Work.

Further information

You will be expected to do an average of 5 hours of homework per week.


You have the opportunity to participate in a cultural visit to Nice in Y12 or Y13..


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 October 2018
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