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French A Level at Helston Community College

Course description

IS THIS COURSE FOR ME? You are keen to learn more about other cultures and to communicate confi dently with other people. You have the drive to discover more about the language of the country and its grammar. You wish to travel widely and to gain experience of the world. You are happy to work with others and discuss your progress with your tutors and fellow course students. You are also able to work independently when necessary. If so, this is the course for you!

Course content

The AS & A2 specifi cations enable candidates to:

  • Develop an understanding of spoken and written French beyond GCSE;
  • Communicate eff ectively in French in a variety of registers;
  • Develop knowledge of and critical insights into the culture, heritage and contemporary society of France or a French-speaking country.
  • Study and undrstand in greater depth aspects of the culture, heritage and contemporary society of France or a French-speaking country;
  • Use French to analyse, hypothesise, evaluate, persuade and justify in both speech and writing;
  • Transfer meaning from English into French, and vice versa.

Advanced Subsidiary Topics:

  1. Leisure and Lifestyles
  2. The Individual and Society

Advanced Topics

  1. Environmental Issues
  2. Social and Political Issues

You will study a wide range of literature: magazine articles, short stories, newspaper and Internet articles and develop your understanding of these written texts. You will also develop your spoken French through preparing presentations, and conversing with the French assistant and your fellow students and tutor.

Entry requirements

Normally GCSE, (or its equivalent) grade B or higher in the language. When necessary, decisions will be based on attitude and commitment in Years 10 and 11 and in discussion with your tutors.


AS Exams

FN1 – Oral - 20% 12 - 15 minutes

  • Examiner-led discussion of topics from cue cards
  • General conversation

FN2 - Listening, Reading and Writing - 30% - 2.5hrs

  • Listening and Responding
  • Reading and Responding
  • Grammar Tasks
  • Translation of some sentences from French to English
  • One essay on one of the topics studied

A2 Exams

FN3 – Oral - 20% - 15 - 20 minutes

  • Structured Discussion based on a short text from one of the themes studied
  • Exposé based on a French film

FN4 - Listening, Reading and Writing - 30% 3hrs

  • Listening and Responding
  • Reading and Responding
  • Translation of a short text from English into French
  • Guided Studies Essay based on a French fi lm

Future opportunities

With a qualifi cation in languages you could go on to Higher Education or directly into employment. There are numerous possible career paths and employment amongst languages graduates is very high compared to other subjects. Did you know that languages graduates have one of the highest rates of employment more than any other graduates after medicine and dentistry? However you don’t have to do a degree in languages for it to be useful. Here are just some of the areas in which languages can help: Accountancy, Advertising and Market Research, Banking, Civil Service, Diplomatic Service, Export marketing, purchasing and selling, Hotels and catering, Insurance, Journalism, Librarianship, Management Consultancy, Museums, Publishing, Secretarial work, Shipping services, Teaching, Television and Radio, Travel and Tourism industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Helston Community College directly.

Last updated date: 20 July 2016

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