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French AS & A Level at Bishop Douglass School

Course description

Students will develop:

  • lasting appreciation of language and learning
  • ability to comprehend French in a range of contexts
  • ability to communicate readily in French for a variety of purposes
  • useful knowledge of and insights into French-speaking cultures, both contemporary and historic
  • valuable skills for foreign travel, further education and employment.

Why study French?

  • Accommodates the linguistic level of students newly qualified in GCSE French.
  • Concentrates on developing oral fluency and conversation skills in AS speaking tests.
  • Provides a range of stimulating and absorbing study topics with contemporary, literary and cultural content
  • Retains translation tasks to test grammatical knowledge and provide a useful tool for further study.

Course content

This A-level requires students to complete all four units; 2 units at AS level and a further 2 units at A2 level.

The specification is available for assessment in the June series.

This course is particularly suitable for students who have studied GCSE French or the AQA Certificate in French.

During AS course, students will cover the following topics: Television / Cinema / Fashion Advertising / Communication / Technology Holidays / Sport/Exercise / Health and well-being Relationships within the family

During A Level, students will cover the following topics:

  1. Environment
  2. The multicultural society
  3. Contemporary social issues
  4. Cultural topics (students choose 2)
  • A target language-speaking region/community
  • A period of 20th century history from a target language-speaking country/community
  • An author from a target language-speaking country/community
  • A director, poet, architect, musician or artist from a target language-speaking country/community

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5x GCSE A*-C

It is strongly recommended that you achieve a Grade B before opting to take this course


AS and A2 Level students will be examined on 2 Units at the end of their Year 12. For A-level students, this will be an interesting measure of progress as they move on to Year 13.

Future opportunities

Career opportunities are many and varied including:

This course prepares students who wish to work in Finance – banks, insurance companies and accountancy firms operate on an international basis and offer opportunities both to work with foreign clients from the UK and to be seconded to overseas offices. This course is a suitable course for people who want to work as a Language teacher, a translator or interpreter.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Douglass School directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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