The approach is a focus on how French-speaking society has been shaped, socially and culturally, and how it continues to change. In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of French-speaking
In the second year further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing on issues such as life for those on the margins of French-speaking society as well as looking at the positive influences that diversity brings. Students also study
aspects of the political landscape in a French-speaking country, looking at immigration from the political perspective and at the way in which political power is expressed through action such as strikes and demonstrations. Teenagers and the extent to which
they are politically engaged looks towards the future of political life in French-speaking society.
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where French is spoken, and their language skills. They will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in French. The choice
of works (literary texts and films) offers opportunities to link with the themes studied during the course.
The key areas studied are:
• Social issues and trends
• Political and artistic culture
• Works: Literary texts and films
A minimum of five Grade Bs, or 6s, and a least a Grade C, or a 4, in both English Language and Mathematics at GCSE.
A minimum of a Grade B, or a 6, in French is required to study French at A level.
The qualification is linear, therefore examinations will be taken at the end of the course.
Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (Based on: Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends, Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the French-speaking world, Aspects of political life in the
Paper 2: Writing (Based on one text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification)
Paper 3: Speaking (Based on an individual research project, one of four sub-themes i.e: Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends, Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the French-speaking world,
Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world)
Languages open doors: In a globalised world, speaking more than one language is a key skill. Employers are looking for candidates who can communicate across borders. Careers requiring knowledge of languages are diverse and often include the potential for
As a linguist you develop skills and expertise that are highly transferrable. You learn to read varied texts, listen for key information, translate accurately and communicate convincingly to different audiences. You develop an understanding of other cultures,
perspectives and political systems, as well as studying film and literature.
To study languages is to study a truly interdisciplinary subject, which enables you to develop academically, socially and as an individual.