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French AS & A Level at St Anne's Catholic School

Course description

Are you interested in different countries, cultures and ways of life? Do you like to chat with other people in a different language? Do you have opinions about controversial issues and events in Europe and beyond?

Course content

In lessons we use authentic sources; students read newspaper and magazine articles, use the internet to access materials, watch fi lms and listen to the radio, music and sound recordings. Language skills are practised in a supportive and encouraging environment. Speaking is practised continually, focusing on debates, discussions, justifying opinions and building on other students’ points of view. Through the topics studied, grammar is revised and built upon. Written work refl ects the subject knowledge the students gain throughout the course.

Through this course students gain an insight into the society, culture and life of the countries where the language is spoken. The knowledge gained through the course will not only enrich students’ understanding of a variety of other subjects (including geography, history, politics and business studies), it will also heighten their knowledge of the English language by looking closely at language structures

Students will have the opportunity to study two cultural topics in depth. In the past few years students have studied the role of France in World War 2, the novel Oscar et la Dame Rose, the fi lm “Volver” and a famous play by Lorca.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in the relevant French GCSE required.


Work will be assessed by examination.

Future opportunities

Students wishing to continue with their languages at a higher level, will fi nd that most universities offer the chance to study languages in combination with all sorts of other subjects; from science to humanities as well as business, law or mathematics for example. Many courses, including those in the sciences, will offer students with good language skills the opportunity to take part of their degree course abroad. Graduates who offer a modern foreign language are in great demand and, in today’s global industry and multicultural society, employers are increasingly keen to recruit people with language skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Anne's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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