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French A Level at Samuel Whitbread Academy

Course description

Content and Aims

Social issues and trends:

Students must study the themes and sub-themes below in relation to at least one French speaking country. Where France is not specified, students may study the themes in relation to any French-speaking country. Students must study the themes and sub-themes using a range of sources, including material from online media.

Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

• The changing nature of family (La famille en voie de changement)

• The ‘cyber-society’ (La « cyber-société »)

• The place of voluntary work (Le rôle du bénévolat)

Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

• Positive features of a diverse society (Les aspects positifs d’une société diverse)

• Life for the marginalised (Quelle vie pour les marginalisés ? )

• How criminals are treated (Comment on traite les criminels)


Political and artistic culture:

Students must study the themes and sub-themes below in relation to at least one French-speaking country.

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

• A culture proud of its heritage (Une culture fière de son patrimoine)

• Contemporary francophone music (La musique francophone contemporaine)

• Cinema: the 7th art form (Cinéma : le septième art)

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

• Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment (Les ados, le droit de vote et l’engagement politique)

• Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power? (Manifestations, grèves – à qui le pouvoir?)

• Politics and immigration (La politique et l’immigration)


Entry requirements

• APS 5.3

• Grade 6 in GCSE French


• 100% external examination

Future opportunities

The ability to speak and understand a foreign language is an invaluable asset in itself and is becoming increasingly important as our link with mainland Europe becomes closer and the world of work demands more flexibility and travel. Many university courses offer study of a language as a degree component in conjunction with other subjects, such as Engineering, Geography and Business Studies. A language qualification will give you the edge when you apply for university places and in your future career.

Further information


A level students will be expected to understand the grammatical system and structures of the language. In the exam students will be required to use, actively and accurately, grammar and structures appropriate to the tasks set, including writing essays spontaneously, responding to spoken passages in French and a translation. For students, it implies the knowledge of both forms and functions of each key grammatical element of the French language at an apporpriate level of accuracy and complexity.

The lists are available on the AQA website.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Samuel Whitbread Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2017
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