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French A Level at Thomas Tallis School

Course description

The A-level specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and society. The content is suitable for students who wish to progress to employment or to further study, including a modern languages degree. The specification has been designed to be studied over two years. 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 matters associated with multiculturalism. Students also study aspects of the political landscape including the future of political life in the Francophone world by focusing on young people and their political engagement. The choice of works (literary texts and films) offers opportunities to link with the themes so that, for example, the novel Kiffe Kiffe Demain could be linked to the sub-theme of relationships, racism, and traditional values while the film Les 400 Coups could be connected to the sub-theme of the importance of French cinema, in particular La nouvelle Vague.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE with a B grade or above in French.


- Listening, Reading & Translation examination: Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes. Students will translate a passage of at least 100 words from Spanish into English and 100 words from English into Spanish. (100 marks)
- Writing: Duration: 2 hours (80 marks)

Future opportunities

Study of a language at this level is useful in a wide range of careers. It represents a good level of academic ability and a more global perspective on the world.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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