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French A-Level at Prince Henry's High School

Course description

The aim of the French A level course is to give a greater insight into the history and culture of the country whilst honing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills along with grammar consolidation.

Proficiency in a foreign language is a skill which can be used in a wide variety of careers such as Law, Banking, Business, Media and Education to name but a few and French is spoken officially in 33 countries making it an invaluable language choice at A level. Many of the skills involved in the learning of a foreign language are complementary to those practised elsewhere in the curriculum.

Course content

The four skills will be developed through the study of the following core content:

  • Social issues and Trends
  • Political and Artistic Culture

The core content is studied together with a literary work or a film. In addition to the formal teaching, pupils spend time in pairs with the French Assistant developing speaking skills and preparing for the speaking examinations. There is also the opportunity to participate in the French Exchange to Millau. Pupils spend a week living with a French family, take part in excursions and activities in school and then host their exchange partner when the return leg of the Exchange takes place.

Entry requirements

GCSE B grade in French.


Likely examination structure:

At AS and A Level exams will take the following format:

  • Speaking Exam 30% (discussion of a research project and the discussion of a stimulus card – approximately 20 mins)
  • Listening Reading and Writing Exam 40% (approximately 2hrs 30 mins)
  • Writing exam on literary text/film (approximately 1 hour)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prince Henry's High School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years