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French at The Sixth Form College Farnborough

Course description

Bonjour, Bienvenue. Are you interested in learning about the language, culture, history and current affairs of the French speaking world? If so, studying a language at Advanced level could be for you.

During the two years, you will be learning about today’s French society.

We will start by building on familiar GCSE work and then exploring travel, contemporary culture and exploring diversity and difference. These topics resonate in the lives of young people enabling learners to empathise with issues and deepen their knowledge of how they affect the countries or communities where French is spoken.

The second year widens to include literature and film together with a study of occupied France  and the post war years,1940-1950.You will continue to build on your listening, reading, writing and speaking as well as your knowledge of grammar

Course content

Year 1
  • Travel
  • Contemporary culture
  • Exploring diversity and difference
Year 2
  • Literature & film
  • Study of occupied France and the post-war years 1940-1950
  • Listening - interviews, conversations, radio broadcasts, videos, video clips on the Internet in our computer suites.
  • Speaking - role-plays, dialogues, pronunciation practice, short presentations and regular conversation classes in small groups with a native speaker.
  • Reading - articles, magazines, books, newspapers, Internet sources.
  • Writing - short articles, letters, reports, projects, poems, descriptions.
  • Grammar - games, revision and practice in class and using the Internet.

We have a trip every year to France. There will be opportunities to stay with families in order to experience the language and culture of your chosen country.

Entry requirements

You should have at least a grade B at GCSE in French with at least a grade C in English Language


You will continue to build on your listening, reading, writing and speaking as well as your knowledge of grammar.

Listening, reading, translation paper - 40%

Writing paper – 30%

Speaking test - 30%

Future opportunities

Many of our students go on to study languages as a major or minor part of their Higher Education course.

There has been an explosion in recent years in the number of university courses where Modern Languages are combined with other subjects, such as business and management, marketing, accountancy, law, engineering, sciences, IT, arts and music.

Study at this level usually involves time spent working or studying abroad. 
In recent years, the ability to use languages is highly prized by employers. Modern Languages graduates are in demand with 96% of students finding employment.

Further information

What other subjects could I do with Modern Languages?

Virtually any. We have students taking science subjects, mathematicians, historians, those in the fields of English language or literature and business, to name but a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Sixth Form College Farnborough directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2016

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