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French A Level at Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

Course description

The French Department welcomes students wishing to study a language for either one year (AS) or two years (A2). Students develop their language, grammar and overall communication skills significantly beyond GCSE to deal successfully with a broad range of moral, ethical and often controversial subjects. AS topic areas cover youth culture and concerns, lifestyle (health and fitness), the world around us (travel tourism and environmental issues) and education and employment.

 In Year 13, additional topics include customs/traditions/beliefs/opinions, national and international events, and literature and the arts. The main focus throughout the course is on being able to formulate, express clearly, and defend opinions on the full range of issues. The course also covers aspects of French literature, history and the arts, and allows students to carry out independent research (with teacher support) on topics of specific interest to them.

Students taking French at AS or A2 should have at least an A at GCSE in order to maximize their chances of success. Attention is given in the early stages to “bridging the gap” post GCSE; basic grammar is revised and students’ confidence in the active use of the language is built up, so that by the end of the first term, students should be able to cope well with the considerable step up from GCSE. Students are expected to use French as the normal means of communication in the classroom. They also need to be able to work independently as well as in small groups. Weekly individual or small-group lessons with a native French language assistant are an integral and essential part of the course. Additional support classes are also run in late year 12 and early year 13 for candidates considering Oxbridge applications.

Entry requirements

Grade A* or A in French at GCSE

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir William Borlase's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years