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French IB at Bridgwater College

Course description

The main focus of the course is language acquisition and the development of skills which will lead to a high degree of competence in French and the opportunity to explore the rich and diverse cultures of the French speaking world.

The Higher level course is designed for students who have already demonstrated exceptional linguistic ability and who intend to study French at university.

Course content

Through listening, reading, speaking and writing in a range of registers students will cover the following aspects of the culture:

CORE TOPICS Communication and Media
  • television
  • internet
  • mobile phones
  • social networking
  • freedom of the press
Global Issues
  • environment
  • drugs
  • poverty
  • discrimination
Social Relationships
  • family
  • friends
  • school
  • celebrations
OPTIONAL TOPICS Cultural diversity
  • language
  • culture
  • beliefs
  • values
Customs and traditions
  • dress codes
  • fashions
  • food
  • traditional medicine vs alternative medicine,
  • sports and entertainment, travelling
Science and technology
  • dangers of technology
  • ethics of technology
  • new developments

In addition to that, at HL students must read two works of French literature (a novel, a play, a collection of short stories or a selection of poems).


Entry requirements

For Higher level, students must have achieved an A or A* in GCSE French and for Standard level a B grade or above is required. It is also essential to have an interest in the current affairs and cultures of French-speaking countries.


At the end of the second year, you will be assessed both internally and externally in reading, writing, and speaking.

Future opportunities

At Higher level this course is an ideal preparation for university study in French, Modern Languages, Classics, European Studies or International Business/Law. In the global era knowledge of a foreign language offers a clear advantage in any career.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bridgwater College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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