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French at South Wilts Grammar School for Girls

Course description

You will study aspects of French life and culture, and develop your knowledge of French grammar. In Year 12, the material for AS level will be drawn from topics such as: Family/Relationships, Healthy Living/Lifestyle, the Media and Popular Culture. There is also a list of required grammar points to be covered. In Year 13 the A2 material will still be firmly connected to the life and culture of a French speaking country - mainly France - but the topics will be: The Environment, The Multicultural Society, Contemporary Social Issues and a Cultural topic which may include literature.

Course content

How will you learn?

Lessons are conducted in French and you are expected to speak French as much as possible.  Listening work is important and you work individually. Plenty of practice is also given to writing and reading comprehension. You will have time with the French Assistant every week. In Year 12, there will also be an opportunity to visit Nantes on the French Exchange.  

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B or above in French.


Examination Board: AQA

The AS examination in French forms 50% of the assessment weighting of the A2 (A level) examination.

  • AS Examination:  2 units including:
    • Speaking    -    30%
    • Listening, Reading, Writing (inc. Grammar)    -    70%

Marks at AS would count as half towards the full A level result

  • A2 Examination (A Level): 2 units including:
    • Speaking    -    15%
    • Listening, Reading, Writing (inc. Grammar)    -    35%

(results from AS would be added to this = 100%) There is no coursework option.

Future opportunities

An A level in French can lead of course to study at University level.  Languages can be combined with almost anything and new ones started from scratch. Other possibilities are bilingual secretarial courses, travel and tourism, teaching and qualifications linking languages with business. The need for a skill combined with the ability to speak a language is increasingly in demand in many types of employment such as the Civil Service, Law, Accountancy, Hotel and Catering. Britain is desperately short of well qualified graduates with language skills.  Employment opportunities for those who study a language, especially when combined with something else, are good.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wilts Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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