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French A Level at South Craven School, the Technology and Engineering College

Course description

Unit 1: You will build on your language skills from GCSE in areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. You will learn to express yourself at an advanced level and discuss topical issues. Ever wanted to find out more about French or French speaking countries culture?
Unit 2: You will study four different topics: 
  • Youth Culture and Concerns (music, fashion, relationships, technology, drink and drugs)
  • Lifestyle: health and fitness (sport, diet, health issues)
  • Education and Employment
  • The World Around Us (travel and tourism)
Unit 3: In the second year of the course, you will develop your language skills even further. You will learn to take part in
debates and to discuss more intellectual issues. You will also learn to translate from English to French.
You will do independent research on a topic of your choice, either in history, culture, literature or film studies.

Unit 4: You will study and research three new cultural topics:
  • Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions
  • National and International Events (past, present and future)
  • Literature and the Arts



For Unit 1, you will be assessed by a teacher in an 8-10 minute speaking test.
Your listening, reading and writing skills will be examined for Unit 2 with a 2 and a half hour examination. You will show your knowledge of the key topics by writing a 200-220 word letter, report or article.
For Unit 3, you will speak for a bit longer, in an 11-13 minute test and in this one you get to argue and defend your
Unit 4 is another 2 and a half hour paper where you show off your writing skills. You will have to write a discursive or creative essay. You will also write an essay on a topic of your choice.

Future opportunities

Additional languages like French can literally throw open a world of career opportunities for you. All universities will readily accept A-level French and it can form a single honours, or part of a joint or combined honours, degree. Prospects in Finance, IT, Media, Education, Business, Travel and Tourism and Advertising, to name but a few, will be yours for the taking.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Craven School, the Technology and Engineering College directly.

Last updated date: 03 July 2015

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