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French A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

The syllabus extends naturally the skills developed at GCSE, but with more emphasis on grammar. Topics studied are similar to those touched on at GCSE but are studied in more depth, moving on from the student’s own cosy world to the wider world of bigger issues and events. Equal weight is given to the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing which are used to explore and discover contemporary culture and society in a wide range of topics. From French cinema to environmental problems, from teenage stress to animal rights, from racism to cloning – no topic is out of bounds.

Course content


Course topics include: Media (tv, advertising, social networking); Culture (cinema, music, fashion); Health (sport, diet, holidays); Families (family, friends, marriage)

Assessment: Examination

2 hour listening, reading and writing paper. This builds on your comprehension skills developed at GCSE. In the listening section you work at a computer terminal – you can pause and rewind the tracks as many times as you want to! A new skill for AS level is writing a short essay in the language. 15 minute speaking test – Students will draw heavily on their time spent with the language assistants and their experiences on the trips abroad in the speaking test


Course topics include: Environment (pollution, energy, protecting the planet); Multicultural society (immigration, integration, racism); Social Issues (Wealth and poverty, law and order, science). Two cultural topics are also studied from a film, a novel, a historical period and a region.

Assessment: Examination
2½ hour listening, reading and writing paper. A new skill at this level is translation into a foreign language and from a foreign language. 15 minute speaking test based mainly on the cultural topic.

Entry requirements

GCSE in French at grade B or above (grade A is preferred).

Future opportunities

Students will be well-prepared to use French for practical communication and to continue their studies in higher education. At university French may be combined with another language, a host of other subjects or studied on its own. Many courses feature a year working or studying in a French speaking country

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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