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French A Level at Nelson and Colne College

Course description

This A Level course in French will enable you to enhance your linguistic skills and develop your capacity for critical thinking by studying the culture and society of the countries/communities where the language is spoken. You will extend your range of vocabulary and develop your ability to interact effectively with users of the language in speech and in writing. You will engage critically with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in the original language. You will also develop as independent researchers through the language of study.

Course content

Component 1: Speaking
The aim of this component is to develop independent research skills through the completion of a project on an area of personal interest. This will broaden knowledge and appreciation of the countries or communities where French is spoken and will not be covered by the specification thus allowing for individuality. Students will also become adept at discussing issues ensuing from the topics covered in the syllabus.

Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation
The aim of this component is to develop listening, reading comprehension and translation skills using stimulus materials in French based on the four themes under the two areas of interest. This will include:
Social issues and trends
• Travel and exploration
• Diversity and difference

Political, intellectual and artistic culture
• Contemporary youth culture
• France 1940-1950: The Occupation and post-war years

Component 3: Critical and analytical response in writing
The aim of this component is to develop a detailed understanding of two works in French, either two books or one book and a film. Students will engage with stimulating works/films in French, developing an appreciation of sophisticated and creative uses of the language and understanding them within their cultural and social context.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including Maths and English. Students must also have a grade B or above in French.


Component 1: Speaking
Non-exam assessment 21-23 minutes
30% of qualification
Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
50% of qualification
Component 3: Critical and analytical response in writing (closed-book)
Written examination: 2 hours
20% of qualification

Future opportunities

Did you know that people who study languages have some of the lowest unemployment rates in the country? In other words, people who can speak more than one language are in very high demand by employers! The possession of a second language often raises your basic salary considerably, making the study of a modern foreign language very profitable. Research suggests that over 90% of careers using languages are in non-linguistic professions.

Former students of French have gone on to study at some top universities, including the University of Aberdeen, Keele University, the University of Manchester, Newcastle University and the University of Oxford, reading language based subjects and other challenging degrees such as International Relations and Politics, French and German, Teaching and International Business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson and Colne College directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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