French A level at Chace Community School
The course focuses on how French-speaking society has been shaped, socially and culturally, and how it continues to change. In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of French-speaking countries. In the second year further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing on issues, such as life for those on the margins of French-speaking society as well as looking at the positive influences that diversity brings. Students also study aspects of the political landscape in a French-speaking country, looking at immigration from the political perspective and at the way in which political power is expressed through action such as strikes and demonstrations.
Students can develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where French is spoken, and their language skills. They will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in French i.e. newspapers, websites, TV programmes. Students develop the four language skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing through this work as well as building up their knowledge of French grammar and structures. As the course progresses students, with the benefit of small classes, gain a lot of practice speaking French and build up confidence and fluency. They also develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society of countries where French is spoken.
The A level course is designed to be studied over two years. Students will cover all the social, political and artistic topics as well as either one text and one film or two texts from the list below. Another component of the course will be an individual research project.
Social and Political trends
• The changing Nature of family
• The Cyber Society
• The place of Voluntary work
• Positive features of a diverse society
• Life for the marginalised
• How criminals are treated
Political and artistic culture
• A culture proud of its heritage
• Contemporary francophone music
• Cinema: the 7th art form
• Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
• Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
• Politics and immigration
• Molière Le Tartuffe
• Voltaire Candide
• Maupassant Boule de suif
• Camus L’étranger
• Françoise Sagan Bonjour tristesse
• Claire Etcherelli Elise ou la vraie vie
• Joseph Joffo Un sac de billes
• Faïza Guène Kiffe kiffe demain
• Philippe Grimbert Un secret
• Delphine de Vigan No et moi
Individual research project:
Students must identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where French is spoken. They must select relevant information in French from a range of sources including the internet. The aim of the research project is to develop research skills. Students will demonstrate their ability to initiate and conduct individual research by analysing and summarising their findings, in order to present and discuss them in the speaking assessment.
• Au revoir les enfants
• La Haine
• L’auberge espagnole
• Un long dimanche de fiançailles
• Entre les murs
• Les 400 coups
We recommend you have a B grade or above at GCSE in French.
With an A Level in French you can study the language at university either as the main subject in a degree or as a subsidiary subject. Many universities offer degrees in Business and French, Drama and French etc. Language A levels are highly regarded by top universities even for studying different subjects.
The ability to learn to speak a second language is a transferable skill and you may be able to learn another language based on your ability to learn French.
Employment opportunities are almost limitless. The increase in globalisation means that language skills cannot be over-estimated; they are needed in industry, tourism, commerce, banking, the media, etc. Employers value the study of language to A level as it shows that potential employees have a good grasp of grammar as well as general cultural knowledge.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chace Community School directly.