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French at Oaklands Catholic School

Course description

The student of French will:

  • develop understanding of the spoken and written forms of French from a variety of registers
  • communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in French through both the spoken and written word, using increasingly accurate, complex and varied language.
  • increase their sensitivity to language and language learning
  • develop critical insights into, and contact with, the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where French is spoken
  • develop positive attitudes to foreign language learning

The A level course in French should also:

  • provide a suitable foundation for further study and/or practical use of  French
  • provide a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for students who do not progress to further study in the subject

In addition, A level French should:

  • provide a sufficient basis for the further study of French at degree level or equivalent

Course content

Year 12

Aspects of Society

  • The changing nature of family
  • The 'cyber-society'
  • The place of voluntary work

Artistic culture

  • A culture proud of its heritage
  • Contemporary Music
  • Cinema: the 7th art form

Literary texts and films

  • Students must study either one text or one film

Year 13
Aspects of French-speaking society:

  • Positive features of a diverse society
  • Life for the marginalised
  • How criminals are treated

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
  • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
  • Politics and immigration

Literary texts and films

  • Students must study either one text or one film
  • Individual research project
  • Students must identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to them.

Unit 3 A2 (Year 13)
Environment: Pollution, Energy, Protecting the

  • The Multicultural Society: Immigration, Integration, Racism
  • Contemporary Social issues: Wealth and poverty, Law and order, Impact of scientific and technological progress plus

Cultural Topics - The study of:

  • a target language-speaking region/ community/ community
  • a novelist from a target language-speaking country/community


Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths. GCSE French grade B is essential.

Future opportunities

French is a recognised A level subject in itself for University and Higher Education as well as a shared degree course such as in French/Law or French/Business Studies.

The ability to communicate in a Modern Foreign Language has become a necessary part of modern working life particularly in Europe today. Increasingly employers are asking for applicants with a knowledge of one or more Modern Foreign Language.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oaklands Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2016

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