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French AS & A2 Level (WJEC) at Crossley Heath School

Course description

The Crossley Heath School is delighted to offer French, an exciting and challenging course designed to extend your knowledge of French language and culture.

Get talking!

With over 87 million speakers, French is one of the most important languages of business and cultural exchange in the modern world.  French is not only spoken in France, but also in parts of Canada and many African and Asian countries.  France is the world’s most popular tourist destination, with both Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, dramatic mountain ranges, not to mention its magnificent tradition of food and wine!

Have fun!

The course places particular emphasis on the development and application of the four skills (reading, listening, speaking and writing) in a variety of communicative contexts.  Language learning activities are designed to be enjoyable and to spark your interest so that you want to extend your knowledge of the topics through independent study.  This is backed up by the rigorous teaching of French grammar to enable you to progress to the highest level of command of the language.  Your study will be further supported through small group oral sessions provided by a French native speaker, and you will also have access to our mini ipads during lessons to further enhance your learning.

Course content

We follow the WJEC course which comprises two units at AS Level and two further units at A-Level. 

The topics we study are varied and interesting ranging from Leisure and Lifestyle to The Individual and Society at AS-Level to Environmental, Social and Political Issues at A-Level.

The emphasis is on discussion, reading, debating, vocabulary building, listening, translation, grammar and essay-writing.

The language studied is used as much as possible.  There is thorough coverage of the structures and grammar of the language and an opportunity to study literature and film in the chosen language at A-Level.


Entry requirements

You will need to have attained at least a B grade at GCSE in French.


The course is assessed at the end of each year via two assessments: a speaking examination and a written paper which covers listening, reading, grammar, translation skills and essay writing. The AS is a qualification in its own right and for university purposes is worth half an A level.

The AS is a qualification in its own right and for university purposes is worth half an A level.

Teachers often organise for students to attend useful courses at nearby universities and previous students have also had the chance to become involved in exchanges and exciting projects such as that run by Comenius.


Future opportunities

Some people think that the only jobs available using languages are in translation, interpreting or teaching.  In fact, languages can be helpful in lots of different jobs, and many employers reward people with language skills with extra salary because they know they are useful in today’s international business world. Here are just a few examples where languages are important: accountant, air hostess, computer games designer, engineer, journalist, marketing manager, tourist guide…

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Crossley Heath School directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year