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French A Level at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form

Course description

French gives keen linguists the opportunity to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for language learning. You will learn how to express yourself clearly, confidently and effectively in French for a range of different purposes and on numerous different topics relating to French–speaking society. You will build an understanding of the culture and heritage of the countries and communities where French is spoken. Some of the ways in which this is done is through opportunities to watch and discuss films in French, read literary works and listen to the music of French musicians. Listening work is no longer done as a whole class activity, but instead in the Language Lab enabling students to work at their own pace independently. Students can also access virtual learning resources on the Internet to extend and support their learning. One of the most exciting aspects of the course is that students will undertake an individual research project on a topic of their choice relating to the French-speaking world.


Paper 1 - Listening, Reading and Writing - Weighting 40%, Written Exam - 2 hour 30 minutes
Topics include:
The changing nature of family, the “cyber- society”, positive features of a diverse society, contemporary francophone music, cinema and politics and immigration.
Paper 2 Writing - Weighting 30%, Written Exam - 2 hours
Topics include:
Critical appreciation of either 2 set texts OR 1 set text and 1 film.
Paper 3 Speaking - Weighting 30% Speaking exam - 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
Topics include:
Discussion of a sub-theme based on a stimulus card.
Presentation and discussion of individual research project.


Future opportunities

French is a foundation for the further study of languages at degree level or equivalent. Former students have gone on to become translators, interpreters and teachers. It also prepares students to take their place in a multilingual global society and can be studied alongside other subjects such as Law, Media Studies, Events Management and Business Studies to maximise your career prospects and earning potential in the future. A long term aim of some students is to improve their communication skills in order to prepare themselves for living or working in France or other French-speaking countries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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    • If you are looking to join an excellent Sixth Form where you will achieve good results and have a great time too, Ferndown Upper School is the place for you!

      At Ferndown Upper School we believe that all Sixth Formers are entitled to a full range of activities that include the opportunity to:

      • Participate in main school life and run their own Student Union which organises social events, parties, charity fundraising and improvements to the college block.
      • Enjoy music and sports.
      • Receive clear guidance on future work options and applications to university.

      Every student’s future is important to us, therefore we organise dedicated sessions to provide detailed information on all option choices after Sixth Form. Our Head of Year 13 is also the UCAS co-ordinator at FUS and arranges workshops for students to guide them through the application process to gain entry to university, apprenticeships or employment.

      Furthermore, to ensure that we are offering the best educational and pastoral support, each student is linked to a tutor who will guide them through Sixth Form and will monitor their progress through regular academic mentoring sessions. The tutor is the first contact for students and parents for information and guidance. Tutors can arrange career appointments in school, set in motion information requests to subjects to check academic progress and can organise meetings between students, subject staff and parents.

      The Sixth Form is very much a social community and relations between students and teachers are relaxed and friendly. No two experiences of the Sixth Form are the same, but everyone has much to gain and much to contribute.

      We welcome committed students with ambition. Our most gifted and talented students often progress to the country’s top universities and training establishments, and to promote this students are encouraged to take part in mock interviews with local dignitaries. Our emphasis on taking control and becoming independent learners and thinkers promotes personal growth in all our students. The student community that results is distinctly colourful and energetic.