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French A Level at St Michael's Church of England High School

Course description

Studying French is a great way to develop your languages skills and gain a great insight into the culture and society of France and the French speaking world (128 million people speak French!). It can be combined with any other subject, and speaking a language will definitely enhance your career prospects.

Course content

While studying a variety of topics (some of which are already familiar) you will work on getting better in the four language skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. At AS, you will study the following topics: Family, Teenage Life and Youth Culture, Media, Education, Healthy Living, Holidays and French Traditions. At A2, there is a focus on society as you study French culture through the medium of cinema. The two movies we currently study are La Haine by Mathieu Kassovitz and Amélie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, focusing on environmental and social issues, e.g. crime, immigration, poverty and politics.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE French.

Assessment

AS:
Examination – Unit 1 (Oral) AS (40%)

Examination – Unit 2 (Written) (60%) 2.5 hours

A2: 
Examination – Unit 3 (Oral) A Level (40%)

Examination – Unit 4 (Written) A Level (60%) 2.5 hours

All assessment is via external examination following the WJEC specification.

Future opportunities

You can study French as a single degree or combined with a vast choice of other subjects, such as, other languages, Computing, Business, English. Career paths are equally as diverse as having a language gives you an edge in any field of work, for example, teaching, translating and interpreting, journalism and tourism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Michael's Church of England High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015

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