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French A Level at Langley Park School for Boys

Course description

French A Level is a varied and exciting course, which provides an excellent means of developing a range of linguistic and analytical skills. Students will consolidate and enhance their knowledge of French through discussion, group work, presentation and research. Lessons are conducted primarily in the target language. As well as learning to master the French language, students will study topics focused primarily on the French-speaking world and will thus gain a thorough understanding of the culture and modern history of this important European Union country.

Students have the opportunity to participate in a diverse programme of extra-curricular activities, including: a week-long work experience placement in France; cinema and theatre trips; exhibitions relating to France or francophone culture; mentoring younger pupils for their GCSE controlled assessments and in the French Football Double Club Scheme sponsored by Arsenal FC.

Course content

- Changes in French society. This is broken into 3 sub themes: Family structures- attitudes towards marriage, couples and family; Education- the education system and student questions; The world of work- work life in France, attitudes to work, the right to strike and gender equality.
- Political and artistic culture in the francophone world: changes and developments in music and the impact of music in popular culture; media and freedom of speech, written and online press and the impact of the media on society and politics; festivals, customs and traditions. Immigration and multiculturalism in France, the positive impact and the challenges of immigration and the far right.
- The Occupation and Resistance, collaboration and anti-Semitism, and the Vichy Regime.
- A French language film or book.
- Translation skills.
- An individual research project on an issue relating to the French-speaking world.

Entry requirements

B in French.

To succeed at A Level, French students need the following skills: an enthusiasm and motivation for language learning; good organisational skills; an interest in the world around us; a willingness to undertake research and to work independently.


Paper 1: Listening, reading and translating French-English and English-French. 40%

Paper 2: Written response to the film and/or book. 30%

Paper 3: Speaking exam: discussion of topics studied; a presentation and discussion on individual research project. 30%

Future opportunities

More than 200 million people speak French on the five continents. It is the second most widely learned foreign language after English. It is repeatedly named as one of the top three languages British Business most needs its employees to speak. Knowledge of French gives a student of any discipline an intellectual, cultural and professional advantage. A Level French is a respected qualification, which is an asset in a wide range of careers such as Business, the Media, Politics, Law, Tourism and Education. Furthermore, students will develop a wide range of transferable communication, research, analytical and discursive skills, that are increasingly valued in the global market place.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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