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French A Level at Pensby High School

Course description

You will build on your knowledge of French via the study of key topic areas. You will focus on improving your language skills and your understanding of tenses and grammatical structures. The course you will follow comprises a bank of online resources which allows you a degree of autonomy and enables you to work independently outside of lessons. You will study a wealth of authentic material and will participate in interactive activities. Revision tasks are built in to the resource bank which you can access online from home.

Course content

You will aim to improve your language skills focusing on the following topic areas:

  • Media
  • Popular Culture
  • Health Living/Lifestyle
  • Family/Relationships


  • Environment
  • The Multicultural Society
  • Contemporary Social Issues
  • Cultural Topics

You will finish the course with a good degree of fluency in French and you will be well informed on a number of world issues. You will be used to giving and substantiating opinions. You will also learn more about French culture and traditions and other French speaking communities.

Entry requirements

At least a grade ‘B’ at GCSE level. It is important to have sat higher level tests for the GCSE exam.


AS Exam:

  • Unit 1 Listening, Reading, Writing (2 hours)
  • 70% of total AS marks
  • 35% of total A level marks
  • Unit 2 Speaking (35 minutes)
  • 30% of total AS marks
  • 15% of total A level marks

A2 Exam:

  • Unit 3 Listening, Reading, Writing (2.5 hours)
  • 35% of total A level marks
  • Unit 4 Speaking (35 minutes)
  • 15% of total marks

Future opportunities

Employers are increasingly looking to recruit applicants that offer a language. It is as invaluable skill in today’s job market as ICT. French can be combined with any subject at University or can be studied alone.

Further information

This course will be taught collaboratively with the teaching being shared between Hilbre High School and the Pensby High Schools. The language assistant also gives each A level student on hour of French conversation a week which is a compulsory part of the course. Students are also encouraged to undertake a work experience placement in France as an integral part of their language studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Pensby High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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