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French at Bay House School and Sixth Form

Course description

French will give you opportunities to communicate on a global level. It is spoken in 5 continents and is the official language of 33 countries. It is also an official language of the EU and UN.

Experience the culture of France as a member of a French family; attend lessons in our partner lycée to gain a real understanding of the French education system. Have weekly discussions with a native speaker about current topics of interest to you.

These opportunities are available to all students of French. The course enables students to become confident French speakers through classroom use of the target language, exploring topics related to the individual and society as well as political and cultural issues.

In addition, there is the opportunity to participate in the exchange programme with Lycée Cormontaigne in Metz. Authentic materials, including newspaper articles, film and literary texts are used to develop skills in reading and understanding. The course will develop an enthusiasm for language in preparation for a career in a multi-lingual  society.

Course content

AS Level  

Being a young person in French-speaking society

  • Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships/relationships
  • Youth trends, issues and personal identity
  • Educational and employment opportunities

Understanding the French speaking world

  • Regional culture and heritage in France, French speaking countries and communities
  • France, Canada, Switzerland and Les Domtoms in a European context
  • Literature, art, film and music in the French-speaking world

  A Level (in addition to AS themes above)

Diversity and difference

  • Migration and integration
  • Cultural identity and marginalisation
  • Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference
  • Discrimination and diversity


France 1940-1950: The Occupation and post-war years

  • From June 1940 – May 1945 (occupation, liberation and end of World War II)
  • Life in Occupied France and the cultural dimension (théâtre, cinéma, littérature)
  • 1945-1950: rebuilding and restructuring
  • Repercussions for modern day France

Students will also study one text OR one film at AS Level and one text AND one film at A Level

Entry requirements

English Language – C
French - B
At least one B grade in a literate subject.


The assessment scheme is constructed around six components:

AS Level               

  • Unit 1: Oral  AS 30%                   
  • Unit 2: Listening, reading and translation  AS 50 %                  
  • Unit 3: Critical response in writing  AS 20 %


A Level

  • Unit 1: Oral  A Level 30 %
  • Unit 2: Listening, reading and translation   A Level 50 %
  • Unit 3: Critical and analytical response in writing A Level 20 %

Further information

Independent home study

Tasks for study outside classes will include reading French newspaper and magazine articles; making use of self-study resources including listening to CDs and French radio/news extracts; accessing the materials on the online learning environment; researching topics independently through the Library and internet; grammar practice, and working individually with the French Assistant.

Visits abroad

Students will have the opportunity to participate in an exchange with our partner lycée in Metz in the Spring Term.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bay House School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2016

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