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French AS A2 at Kingsthorpe College

Course description

The subject is taught along similar lines to GCSE, i.e. it is centred on the four core skill areas (listening, reading, speaking and writing), and is topic-based. The course allows progression in a manner which is familiar to students and helps to bridge the gap successfully in the early stages of AS studies. The course aims to encourage students to:

* develop an interest in, and an enthusiasm for, language learning;

* develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts and genres;

* communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of purposes;

* develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken such as France, Belgium or Canada;

* consider their study of the language in a broader context.

Course content

Topics in year 12 include:

  • Aspects of daily life sub-topics The family: different structures and relationships; living conditions (housing, shopping and patterns of daily life) . Food, drink, health, obsessions and addictions. Transport: trends and patterns in usage (for the individual and at local and national levels).
  • Leisure and entertainment sub-topics Sport (including national sporting concerns and traditions). Tourism and related themes: tourism as a changing phenomenon; tourism and the environment. Leisure activities: aspects of cultural life, e.g. film, theatre; the arts as part of leisure time.
  • Communication and media sub-topics Communication technology: patterns and changes to communication in daily life. Media, e.g. written press; radio; television (roles and influences).
  • Education and training sub-topics School and school life: individual experiences; local and national concerns. Work and training: individual experiences; school to work preparation, transition and aspirations.

In year 13 students will study

  • Society sub-topics Integration and exclusion: age; gender; race; religion; equality of opportunity. Law and order: trends of crime and punishment; civil unrest; policing. Unemployment: causes and consequences (local, national or global).
  • The environment sub-topics The individual and the environment: recycling; reducing individual energy usage and impact; local conservation. Energy management: alternative energy sources; changing use of fossil fuels; nuclear energy; changing energy demands. Pollution: causes; consequences; solutions. Conservation of the natural world: changing habitats; impact of man and pollution; local, national or global initiatives.
  • Culture sub-topics Literature and the arts: trends, changes, influences and impacts on individuals and society. Political issues: changes at local and national level; impacts on the individual and society. Heritage and history: influence and impacts of heritage (including colonial heritage) and historical events (national and international) on contemporary society
  • Science and technology: impact and issues subtopics Medical progress: development and change - impacts on healthcare, lifestyles, ethics and beliefs. Scientific advances: change and innovation - impacts and issues on society, knowledge, education. Technological developments: change and development - impact on lifestyles, habits, work and education

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade C or above.


Students sit the AS-Level exam comprising two Units (Advanced Subsidiary) at the end of the Lower Sixth, and a further two Units at the end of Upper Sixth (A2). This then gives them a full A-Level.

Future opportunities

Progression routes and career opportunities

Year after year language graduates find jobs when they leave university. Unemployment rates among language graduates are much lower than those for graduates from other courses.

With an advanced qualification in languages, the world of work is your oyster. It is much wider than teaching and translating, the areas traditionally associated with language graduates. Here are just some of the possible careers where a language would be useful: accountant; archaeologist; army officer; chef; civil service officer - Foreign Office; editor; logistics - export executive, freight forwarder; HM Customs & Excise officer; hotel manager; immigration officer; interpreter; journalist; lawyer; librarian; market research executive; marketing; merchant navy; Royal Air Force; sales manager; bi-lingual secretary / executive personal assistant; teacher; technical translator / author; telephone operator; tour guide; translator.

These jobs are not necessarily based in the UK. It is much easier to find a job in Europe if you have a language at advanced level.

Further information

For further information contact

Mrs. Jenkins in the Modern Foreign Languages Faculty

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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