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French A-Level at Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Course description

Lancaster Royal Grammar School recognises that Modern Languages play a hugely significant role in the modern world. Modern Languages are of great importance in a large and increasing number of careers. In addition to specific careers in translation, interpreting, teaching and lecturing, more and more employers are looking for evidence of an ability to speak a foreign language at a high level within other areas of expertise.

Indeed, a Modern Language opens up a wider range of career opportunities within one's chosen field and such ability can often be the trump card in job interviews. Many of our students successfully combine a Modern Foreign Language with career paths in fields as diverse as science, engineering, business and law.

What are lessons like?

The courses are taught in a lively and interactive way, and include, as you see, coverage of many of the most interesting topical issues of the day. They will help you generally to develop your own ideas and opinions on these issues by contributing to in class discussions in the target language and by formulating them in writing.

As well as learning to express yourself with confidence in the language, you should also be prepared to develop an interest in all aspects of the life, history and culture of the target countries – for example, through wide reading and contact with native speakers.

To support linguistic and cultural development, there are a number of opportunities to host native speakers and to visit the target countries. Students are actively encouraged to take part in linguistic exchanges and the European Comenius Project.

Course content

Current trends
  • The changing nature of family
  • The cyber society
  • The place of voluntary work
Current issues
  • Positive features of a diverse society
  • Life for the marginalised
  • How criminals are treated Artistic culture
Artistic culture
  • A culture proud of its heritage
  • Contemporary francophone music
  • Cinema–the 7th art form
Political life
  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
  • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
  • Politics and immigration
Literary texts and films (Two from...)
  • Texts: Molière Le Tartuffe; Voltaire Candide; Maupassant Boule de suif et autres contes de la guerre; Camus L’étranger; Françoise Sagan Bonjour tristesse; Claire Etcherelli Elise ou la vraie vie; Joseph Joffo Un sac de billes; Faïza Guène Kiffe kiffe demain; Philippe Grimbert Un secret; Delphine de Vigan No et moi.
  • Films: Au revoir les enfants; La Haine; L’auberge espagnole ; Un long dimanche de fiançailles; Entre les murs; Les 400 coups.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for Year 12 (Lower Sixth) is at least seven Bs or better in the GCSE examinations, including a minimum of a B grade in any subject to be taken. An A grade is required for A-level Mathematics. All applicants need a minimum of a C grade in both English and Mathematics, regardless of the subjects they wish to take.  

Please note that at the end of the Lower Sixth, at least three grades at D or above are normally required to ensure progression into the Upper Sixth (Year 13).

Overseas applicants

We will accept an equivalent level of performance in your country’s exams and will require verification of results by your school. A report supporting your application from your current school will also be very important.  Please note that we can only accept overseas students who are UK passport holders.



Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing

Written Paper - 2 hours

Weighting - 70% of total AS/35% of total A-level marks

Unit 2: Speaking Test

15 minutes (plus 20 minutes preparation)

Weighting - 30% of total AS/15% of total A-level marks


Unit 3: Listening, Reading and Writing

Written Paper - 2 hours 30 minutes

Weighting - 35% of total A-level marks

Unit 4: Speaking Test

15 minutes (plus 20 minutes preparation)

Weighting - 15% of total A-level marks

Exam timings

Units 1 and 3 take place in May and June of the respective academic years. The speaking exams, Units 2 and 4, can take place at any time between March and May, and exact dates are at the discretion of the visiting examiner.

Future opportunities

Modern Languages are often taken at university in combination with other subjects such as Business Management, Engineering, European Law, History or a classical language. Many degree courses now offer students the opportunity to conduct some of their undergraduate studies abroad.

Naturally, students may choose to pursue language-specific careers in translation, interpreting, teaching, the Diplomatic Corps and in the various bodies of the European Union. With expanding markets in the Americas and the developing world, career opportunities are by no means confined to Europe.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster Royal Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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