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French A Level at Hitchin Boys' School

Course description

Building on GCSE the AS units focus on accessible contemporary issues under the topic headings ‘Media’, ‘Popular Culture’, ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ and ‘Family & Relationships’.

In Unit 1 (worth 70% of the AS marks) you are required to tackle reading and listening comprehension tasks related to these topics, and be required to write an extended piece of target language on a related title. The speaking test, Unit 2, (worth 30% of the total AS marks) requires you to undertake a “Discussion of a stimulus card” for 5 minutes and then to engage in a general conversation on three of the four prescribed topics.

The AS qualification provides an excellent platform for broadening and deepening knowledge of the language and its application in listening, reading, writing and speaking work. Having taken the AS units, students who opt for the full A-Level will proceed to further their grammatical knowledge and improve their linguistic skills.

 At A2 level, you will study two of five Cultural Topics, together with the three topics of the Environment, the Multicultural Society and Contemporary Social Issues. In Unit 3 (worth 35% of the A Level) you are required to tackle reading and listening comprehension tasks related to these topics, and be required to write an extended piece of target language on a related title. In Unit 4, the Speaking test (worth 15% of the A level) you will undertake a “Discussion of a stimulus card” for 5 minutes and then engage in a conversation on two cultural topics.

Modern Foreign Languages are becoming increasingly important in the Sixth Form because of their ever-increasing relevance to the world of work. As well as providing a fascinating insight into other cultures, all courses are designed to provide the opportunity to explore intellectually stimulating topics including social issues and current affairs.

Language skills are increasingly sought by employers in a wide range of fields; indeed, many international companies expect fluency in more than one foreign language. As far as the Consortium and universities are concerned, languages are compatible with almost any combination of support subjects, whether arts, sciences, or a mixture. 

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements to our Consortium are 5 A*-C at GCSE or equivalent, including Maths and English, for an advanced level or Level 3 course. 

You are required to achieve a minimum of a grade B in French at GCSE in order to access this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hitchin Boys' School directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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