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French AS/A level at Hatch End High School

Course description

During this course you will read and listen to authentic foreign language materials and will study aspects of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of a country where the language is spoken. You will learn to be an effective communicator, to speak and write the language for different purposes, to use the language to express facts and ideas and to use the language to present explanations, opinions and information.

Who is the course for?

Good linguists who have enjoyed expressing themselves in French at GCSE and want to develop their language skills, as well as having an interest in France and French-speaking countries.

Course content

At AS these skills will be practised using material based on the following topic areas: Aspects of French-speaking Society; and Artistic culture in the French-speaking world. At A Level the following themes are added on: Social issues in Frenchspeaking society; and Aspects of political life in the Frenchspeaking world. At AS level and at A level you will also have the opportunity to study French literature and film.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught using all 4 skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading. You will have opportunities to express views, debate and to give presentations.

Entry requirements

6 GCSE grades A*-C/9-5 to include Maths & English Language (C+/5+). A B+/6+ grade in GCSE French is desirable.


At AS level you sit 2 formal papers. One for listening, reading and translation from French into English; and the second paper for translation from English into French and a written response to either a book or film that has been studied. There is also an oral examination.

At A level there are also 2 formal papers. Paper 1 is listening, reading and translation into English. Paper 2 comprises of 2 written essays based on either 2 books that have been studied or one book and one film. There is also an oral examination at A Level.

Future opportunities

Useful for students who want to use a language for further study (e.g. at university). Useful for those who want to work abroad or who want to work for companies with international links. Useful for those interested in business, engineering, science and work in the city.

Further information

What equipment will I need?

Textbooks, vocabulary book and dictionary.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hatch End High School directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2017
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