A Level French at St Bartholomew's School
The course develops language skills for work, leisure and further study. The students build on skills acquired at GCSE by increasing their vocabulary and knowledge of grammatical structures, as well as deepening their understanding of French life and culture. The materials studied include newspaper and magazine articles, correspondence, radio and television programmes, material available on the Internet and modern literature, and they deal with all aspects of modern society.
At AS Level the reading and listening materials are drawn from the following broad areas: media; popular culture; healthy living/ lifestyle; family relationships.
The A2 course develops further the skills acquired at AS Level. There is greater emphasis on discussion and detailed analysis. Reading and listening materials are drawn from the following broad subject areas: environment; multicultural society; contemporary social issues and two cultural topics, which may include literature.
The AS assessment comprises two units consisting of an oral examination and a comprehension and writing paper, all taken at the end of Year 12. The A2 assessment also comprises two units: an oral exam and a comprehension and writing paper. All examinations are in French and candidates are not allowed to use a dictionary.
Students are required to have a good bi-lingual dictionary (£30). A work of literature may also be studied and students are expected to purchase their own copy (£15). Students are encouraged to travel abroad at least once during their course and to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the school to participate in exchange visits. The cost of such trips varies between £300 and £350.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bartholomew's School directly.