French A Level at The Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough
Forensic anthropologist in Québec? Conservationist in Réunion? Accountant in Paris? Described by the students as “an immensely rewarding subject”, A Level French is fun! Challenging and demanding great commitment, yes, but definitely worth it. You will be able to get to know not just the language but also the culture of France and the Francophone world, and examine a range of interesting social issues such as “crime and punishment”, “the media”, or “family and relationships”. During the lessons, you will study texts in the target language, analyse news articles, study extracts of TV programmes and, above all, gain the ability to discuss any topic in French.
You will perform one role-play on a theme covered during the course (see below), and you will discuss a topic of your choice relating to Francophone society with the examiner, which you will research in advance.
Listening and Reading (50%)
You will complete listening and reading tasks with some non-verbal and some French responses to spoken/written passages including factual and abstract content with questions targeting the main points. Topics covered will include social issues and trends, political and artistic culture, multiculturalism in Francophone society and aspects of technology. You will complete translation activities into both English and French, practising the grammar skills you will have acquired during the course.
You will write an extended essay on a cultural (film/literary) topic of your choice that you will have studied as part of your course.
QEHS standard entry requirements will apply and in addition, students will be expected to have a grade B or above in GCSE French. However, an A grade or better makes for an easier transition from GCSE to A Level. Students will be expected to have a solid comprehension of grammar from Key Stage 4.
The study of French at A Level forms part of a well-rounded education and gives students valuable language skills, regarded very favourably by potential employers. These can give candidates the edge in the job market, particularly in more competitive sectors. Languagespecific jobs such as translating or interpreting necessitate a very high order of skills in the relevant languages, but even a working knowledge, when combined with a business or professional qualification, can open many career doors. As an intellectual discipline in their own right, languages provide a rigorous challenge and develop skills of analysis and sound argument. These are amongst the intellectual abilities highly sought after by university admission tutors as well as employers. In recent years several of our students have been accepted on university courses combining French and another subject, including Oxford and Cambridge.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough directly.