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French A Level at Fairfax School

Course description

Languages are a skill, not a qualification. A level French and German develop skills for the workplace including problem-solving, group and independent work and communication. Languages give you the edge over competitors – adaptability, mobility and people skills.

Good language skills are in short supply and can be used in many different jobs. The travel industry, translating and interpreting obviously require linguists, but so do many other areas of employment - engineering, marketing, journalism and financial services to name but a few. A modern foreign language combines well with any other subject and leads to a wide variety of jobs. Language graduates have one of the lowest rates of unemployment.

Or maybe you just want to use your language skills and understanding of French and German culture to make your holidays more enriching and enjoyable. The course we follow has been designed to cover a wide variety of topics that require you to express and justify your own opinions as well as develop key grammar skills. At A2 you will be able to explore aspects of French and German culture and society. Where possible, extra-curricular language opportunities will be offered.

Course content

Students continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of French through the study of extended texts. An increased focus on grammar skills also enables students to become more independent linguists, with the confidence and ability to write extended pieces, to take part in detailed conversations in French and to discuss and defend their opinions on major topical issues by speaking and writing. All students also benefit from regular speaking sessions with a native speaker where possible.

Over the two years, students will study:
- Social Issues and Trends
- Political and Artistic Culture
- Literary Texts and Film
- Grammar

Students will be encouraged to review material covered in lessons and to extend their knowledge of the language by accessing authentic resources such as newspapers, magazines and video clips. They will also continue to learn and develop their vocabulary.


Entry requirements

The step up to the sixth form from Key Stage 4 provides an exciting challenge. It requires a successful academic record and a genuine interest and motivation in learning. We are proud of our reputation for being an inclusive sixth form with outstanding results. We work very hard with our prospective students to ensure they are enrolled in courses that are entirely appropriate to their abilities and interests.

Applicants will need to have at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics and an additional 3 GCSE grades A*-C

- There are also subject specific requirements which can be found in the Sixth Form prospectus. 
- Internal applicants who meet the minimum academic entrance requirements will be offered a place automatically (subject to individual subject requirements and availability of courses). 
- All successful applicants will be required to sign a sixth form code of conduct in recognition of the Academy’s expectations of sixth form students in terms of their behaviour, punctuality and attendance.

Fairfax students unlikely to meet these requirements should seek advice from their Head of Year, the school careers adviser or the Director of Sixth Form about possible options available to them.



Paper 1: Listening reading and writing (40% of A level) .

Paper 2: One text and one film essay on the cultural topic (30% of A level)

Paper 3: Oral (30% of A level)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Fairfax School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2017
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