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French at King Edward VII

Course description

Communication skills are at the forefront of our work.  This means that much of the work is done in pairs or groups, producing dialogues, debates and group presentations based around a wide range of current and topical themes.  A careful study will be made of the grammar of the language to enable effective communication in all these areas.  The first half term will have a special focus on grammar and oral skills improving students’ ability to communicate spontaneously in the foreign language.

Reading comprehension skills with an online account where they will have access to the course text book and lesson resources, will be practised through the exploitation of different kinds of texts.  Students are issued with their own textbook and online account, and this, along with newspaper and magazine articles, downloaded from the internet, will form the basis of our work.

Video and audio clips accessed via the internet and viewed on an interactive whiteboard or in the department’s own multi-media suite, will be used regularly to promote listening skills and to heighten awareness of current affairs.

All this work will be aimed at developing an awareness of, and interest in the language, society and culture of those countries in which French, German and Spanish are spoken.

The department offers a wide and varied programme of study trips and exchange visits to give students the opportunity to practice their oral skills and to learn more about the countries where they are spoken.  Opportunities at present are as follows:

French            Y12 Study visit to Paris (1 week)


Course content



Entry requirements

A liking for the subject is the major requirement for a languages course but this must be allied to an ability to work well both independently and co-operatively with others.  Active participation will be required, and so it is necessary to be willing to communicate and to become involved.  An interest in current affairs and the prescribed topics would also be an advantage.

We recommend strongly that students should have gained at least a grade 5 at GCSE before embarking on the A level course.

To ensure that the subjects you have chosen fit into our timetable please click the link below to download our subject blocking timetable. Please note that this may be subject to change depending on course demand or staffing.

Y12 Subject Blocks 2018-19

NOTE: the school reserves the right NOT to run courses where the number of students is not viable.


AQA Exam Board

Topics studied over the two year course:

- Trends and issues in the society of the target language countries, e.g. the changing nature of the family, the cyber society, politics and immigration, youth culture

- Artistic culture in the target language countries, e.g. cultural heritage, film, music, art and architecture

- A film

- A piece of literature (a novel or a play)


Independent 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 the language is spoken. They must select relevant information 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.


Exams to be sat at the end of Y13.

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing

  • 2h 30 minutes
  • Questions are based on topics studied above and will target main points, gist and details and will require either non-verbal responses or responses in the target language. They will include the need to infer meaning and will include abstract material such as opinions, views, emotional reactions and personal experiences.
  • The examination also includes translation passages of approximately 100 words each, TL to English and English into TL.

Paper 2: Essay writing

  • 2 hours
  • Students answer an essay question in the target language for each of the two works (film, novel) they have studied. All questions will be in the target language and will require a critical and analytical response. Students will be advised to write approximately 300 words per essay.

Paper 3: Speaking

  • 2123 minutes (including 5 minutes supervised preparation time)
  • The test will be in two parts: Part 1 is a discussion based on a stimulus card, followed by the presentation and discussion of the student’s individual research project.


Future opportunities

Some of the opportunities are:

  • to go on to study languages at university. Most language degrees offer at least one year studying and/or working abroad.

  • in recent years many of our students have gone on to combine a language with an increasing range of subjects including medicine, business studies and aeronautical engineering. This has allowed students to take a sandwich year, usually in the second or third year of their degree study, to work in industry in the foreign country.



    Job opportunities include:


  • Lawyers, managers, interpreters and translators, bilingual secretaries, diplomats, teachers, business executives.


    Employers consider language skills vital in today’s business world and good linguists are ALWAYS in demand. Graduate unemployment amongst linguists is amongst the lowest compared with other disciplines.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 21 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 104 Weeks