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French AS/A2 Level at Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School

Course description

You will read a wide range of materials including newspapers, magazines and internet items.
You will listen to and watch news broadcasts, discussions and documentaries.
These will enableyou to build up a wide vocabulary and gain insight into French life and culture and those of French speaking countries.
In Year 12 the course will include topics such as media, daily life, sport and leisure, school, tourism, work, healthy lifestyle. In yr 13 the topics covered are social issues, politics, the environment, law and order, scientific and medical advances.
Both at AS and A2 there is a strong cultural element studied through film and magazine articles. Grammar acquired at GCSE is consolidated and extended.

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

French at Grade B or above at GCSE is required.
A good performance in the written element of the GCSE is expected, as this is such an important element of A level study.
Students should enjoy discussing issues in French, and should be interested in the wider culture, reading independently and developing a more ambitious vocabulary.


2 exams at the end of Year 12: An oral exam of 15 minutes (30%) and a writing / reading / listening paper of 2h 30 minutes. (70%)
2 exams at the end of Year 13: An oral exam of 15 minutes (30%) and a writing / reading / listening paper of 2h 45 minutes (70%). You will have to write an essay of approx. 400 words in this paper.

Future opportunities

The Civil Service and Diplomatic Corps, banking and insurance, hotel and catering, tourism, transport, fine arts and antiques, not to mention interpreting and translating all call for language competence alongside other skills. The fact that you have mastered an A Level means that other languages will be open to you more readily.
Students may continue to study French in combination with other university courses such as Law, Engineering and Management, which offer good employment potential, or they may choose to specialise in a language and literature or linguistics based course. It may be worth knowing that language graduates have the highest employability rate, according to recent research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years