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French at The New Sixth Bath

Course description

This course is a radical and exciting departure from the GCSE specification. Far higher levels of independent study and research skills are required. A more rigorous approach to grammar is a prerequisite to achieving true mastery of the language. Students are strongly advised to read French newspapers as well as visiting French speaking countries.

Students will gain a lasting appreciation of language and learning, an ability to comprehend French in a wide range of contexts, an ability to communicate readily in French for a variety of purposes, a useful knowledge of and insights into French-speaking cultures (both contemporary and historic) and valuable skills for foreign travel, further education and employment.

AS Level:

Unit 1: Listening, reading and writing.

Unit 2: Speaking.

Topics studied include:

Media television, advertising, communication technology;

Popular Culture cinema, music, fashion/trends, healthy living/lifestyle;

Sport & Exercise - health and well-being;

Holidays, Family & Relationships - relationships within the family, friendships, marriage/partnerships

A2 Level:

Unit 3 : Listening, reading and writing.

Unit 4 : Speaking.

Topics studied include:

Environment pollution, energy, protecting the planet;

The Multicultural Society immigration, integration, racism, contemporary social issues;

Wealth & Poverty;

Law & Order - the impact of scientific and technological progress.

Students also study a cultural topic based on a target language-speaking region/community.

Entry requirements

Students will have a minimum of a grade B in GCSE French. Students will be interested in the culture and way of life in the countries where French is spoken and it is likely that students will spend time in one of these countries on an educational visit or exchange. Students will need to take a positive interest in current affairs and ethical issues in general. Students could go on to study languages further at degree level and language graduates are sought after and highly employable. Languages are also enabling A levels for a vast range of degree courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The New Sixth Bath directly.

Last updated date: 04 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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    • The New Sixth is located at the southern gateway to the World Heritage City of Bath with beautiful views towards the Severn estuary and over Bath. Access to the Sixth Form is easy as it is on main bus routes and next to the Bath Park and Ride terminus making it an easy destination for students.