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French at Gunnersbury Catholic School

Course description

French in the Sixth Form is not only about the study of the language, but the course also covers the study of literature, cinema, music, culture, art, politics, business and the contemporary societies where French is spoken - Canada, many parts of Africa and the Middle east, for example. It is widely accepted that the close ties that the UK has with mainland Europe, coupled with developments in technology, mean that French is an asset to be able to communicate in a foreign language.

Did you know, for example, that 94% of the planet does NOT speak English as their mother tongue and that 75% does not speak English at all ?

Why should I consider French ?

A recent national report concluded that studying a Modern Foreign Language enhances a student's career opportunities. Studying French expands your range of thinking, teaches you how to be independent and vastly improves your ability to form an opinion on many matters. Not only that, studying French is an extremely enriching experience that gives you a wider understanding of world affairs and of the heritage of the French speaking world. French complements many other traditional academic subjects and, indeed, helps to improve your English language skills. Competence in a Foreign Language is highly respected by universities and industry.

You are required to have an interest in and a flair for languages and also a willingness to air your views in class discussions and presentations/debates. You must be able to demonstrate a serious commitment to the course.

Course content

We will break down the stereotypes of how the French are perceived.

AS Themes

Leisure and Lifestyles

  • Travel and Tourism
  • Sport, hobbies, leisure
  • Entertainment
  • Customs and traditions in the Francophone world
  • Healthy and unhealthy lifestyles

Individual and Society

  • Relationships and responsibilities
  • Gender issues
  • Youth Culture
  • Education, training and careers

A2 Themes

Environmental Issues

  • Technology
  • Pollution
  • Global Warming
  • Conservation, recyclying, sustainability
  • Transport
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Renewable Energy

Social and Political Issues

  • The Media
  • Racism
  • Immigration, Integration
  • Social Exclusion
  • Terrorism
  • Work, Commerce, Globalisation.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be required at least 5 GCSE passes at grade C or better PLUS grade B in GCSE French.


In all units you will develop your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, so that you become a competent user of the language actively (speaking and writing) and passively (reading and listening).

Unit 1
Speaking - 40% of AS

Unit 2
Listening/Reading/Writing - 60% of AS

Unit 3
Speaking - 40% of A2

Unit 4
Listening/Reading/Writing - 60% of A2

Future opportunities

French provides an excellent foundation for language study (or a new language - Japanese, Russian, for example) at university level or perhaps in conjunction with any other subject. We live in a multicultural, multilingual world. French will equip you with the transferable skills and confidence necessary to embark on a career in a wide range of fields, both in the UK, continental Europe and beyond.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gunnersbury Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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