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French A Level at Varndean College

Course description

French is a beautiful, rich, melodious language and learning to speak and use it fluently is invaluable and enjoyable.   You will gain a highly respected qualification and at the same time develop the skill of communicating fluently in a language that is spoken all over the world, not just in France.  Studying grammar enables you to understand how the language really works so that you can express your opinions spontaneously, rather than by learning phrases by heart, and studying the cultures and topical issues of the French-speaking world will help you understand the similarities and differences between the English and French languages and their peoples.  Research shows that this subject develops your confidence and personal communication skills as well as your problem solving, creative and critical thinking skills, all of which give you an edge in the job market


Course content

Year 1:

Theme 1: Changes in French society

  • Changes in family structures
  • Education
  • The world of work

Theme 2: The political and artistic cultures in French-Speaking  countries

  • Music
  • Media
  • Festivals and Traditions


Year 2:  

Theme 3: Immigration and French multicultural  society

  • The positive impact of immigration on French Society
  • Challenges of immigration and integration in France
  • The far right

Theme 4: Occupation and Resistance

  • Occupied France
  • The Vichy regime
  • The French Resistance




Entry requirements

Standard advanced course requirements plus Grade 6 in GCSE French 


100% exam 

Future opportunities

Towards fluency in the language, further study of the language at degree level or as part of a degree, and towards far greater opportunities for employment in the future.  Other modern languages can be studied at degree level if you prove your competence in any language at Advanced Level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Varndean College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2018
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    • At Varndean College our aim is to offer all our students the rich, broad and enjoyable experience they need to develop, flourish and achieve their goals in the adult world.

      Teaching and Learning is at the heart of the successful partnerships between students and staff here and we are proud of the skilled and imaginative approaches to teaching taken by our staff to make learning exciting.

      Equally important to the success of our students is the enjoyment they gain from feeling part of a community: a community that is created through the wealth of opportunities to engage with others offered by our extensive enrichment activities. From: Code-breaking to Sport; Music to Peer-mentoring; Drama to Politics Society, there really is something for everyone.