French A Level 3 at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School
AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in French
Skills that will be developed:
You will build on all the skills acquired at GCSE. By the end of the A level course you will have developed all four language skills; reading, speaking, listening and writing which will enable you to study French at degree level in the UK or abroad.
You will gain greater insight into French-speaking cultures and societies.
You will find it enhances your job prospects.
What will you learn?
Aspects of French-speaking Society (the changing nature of family, cyber society, the place of voluntary work)
Artistic culture in the French-speaking world ( cultural heritage; contemporary music; cinema- the 7th art form)
Current issues in French-speaking society (•positive features of a diverse society; life for the marginalised; how criminals are treated)
Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world (Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment; demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?; politics and immigration)
Either two books or one book and a film from the set texts below
Individual research project
• Molière Le Tartuffe
• Au revoir les enfants*
• Voltaire Candide
• La Haine
• Maupassant Boule de suif et autres contes de la guerre
• L’auberge espagnole
• Camus L’étranger*
• Un long dimanche de fiançailles
• Françoise Sagan Bonjour tristesse
• Entre les murs
• Claire Etcherelli Elise ou la vraie vie
• Les 400 coups
• Joseph Joffo Un sac de billes
• Faïza Guène Kiffe kiffe demain
• Philippe Grimbert Un secret
• Delphine de Vigan No et moi
*These are the text/film we are intending to study
Participation in Senior French exchange. An opportunity to be a Department Senior Student with leadership responsibilities.
You must achieve a grade 6 or higher in GCSE French.
What happens when you have finished?
This course will enable you to continue French into Higher Education and pursue a course at a French university and/or work in France or another French-speaking country. French at A level is a highly regarded academic subject by universities, even if you choose a course which does not involve French.
Over the duration of the course you will develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of different industries are looking for, especially in the travel and tourism sector, journalism, international politics, NGOs and in multinational companies.
Students go on to a wide range of degree courses ranging from French, European Studies, new languages such as Italian, Japanese, Russian or Chinese, to courses including a language element such as Law with French, or Physics with a study year in France or a French-speaking country.
Opportunities are varied, ranging from teaching, translating, European affairs, journalism to work in TV/radio. You could work in the foreign office or international companies. Increasingly a modern foreign language at A level is seen as useful and in high demand by employers as globalisation increases.
You must achieve a grade 6/grade B or higher in GCSE French.
There will be a charge for trips and visits. All A level students participate in the Senior Exchange in either Year 12 or Year 13.
With further training, you could go into a job related to French or Languages, or you may wish to use your French to study or work over in France.
The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the travel and tourism sector.
Students go on to a wide range of degree courses ranging from courses in French, European studies, new languages such as Italian, Russian or Chinese, to courses including a language element, e.g. law with French or physics with a year in France. You will need to achieve a grade C or above in French A level to do a degree course in France.
Career Information: Opportunities are varied, ranging from teaching, translating, European law, journalism to work in TV/ radio. You could work in the foreign office, international companies and NGOs. Increasingly a language at A level is seen as useful by employers as globalisation increases.
To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School directly.