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French AS & A Level at Durham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The ability to understand and communicate in other languages is increasingly important in our society and in the global economy. Languages contribute to the cultural and linguistic richness of our society, to personal fulfilment, mutual understanding, as well as to commercial success, international trade and global citizenship.

The aim of this course is to improve students’ linguistic competence, as well as helping them explore the culture and civilisation of France. Students will develop the four key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing across a wide range of topics and current affairs issues.

Course content

The new A-level French qualification will commence teaching from September 2016. Key areas of study will be social issues and trends in France, as well as aspects of Francophone politics, music and arts. In the new A-level course students will be required to study both French literature and cinema.

Entry requirements

There are a range of courses and pathways available to you at Durham Sixth Form Centre depending on your GCSE results and academic profile. In order to enrol with us as a student, you must have the minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE grades (or equivalent). In addition, individual subjects have specific entry requirements, which will be discussed with you during the application and enrolment process. Students who do not achieve a grade C or above (or numerical equivalent) in GCSE English and/or mathematics will be required to continue studying these subjects at Durham Sixth Form Centre.

If you do not meet our entry requirements but are still keen to study at Durham Sixth Form Centre, please contact us to discuss your options.


There will be three examinations to assess:

  1. Listening and reading comprehension, including a translation from French into English
  2. Written fluency and accuracy, including a translation from English into French and an essay to critique a French film and/or novel
  3. Oral fluency

Future opportunities

There is a wide range of HE courses available including: French Studies / Linguistics / Modern Foreign Languages - Translation & Cultures / International Business Management. French can also be combined with almost any other subject including: French & German / Business & French / Law & French / Childhood Studies & French /Criminology & French.

Further information

An A-level in French will be an asset to any student regardless of the path they intend to follow. After all, the ability to speak another language is a versatile skill to be used for work and for pleasure. Through this course students will develop a broad range of transferable skills including communication skills, interpersonal skills, global awareness, critical & analytical thinking

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2017
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    • Durham Sixth Form Centre is located in Durham City Centre next to Gala Square and Freeman’s Quay. We are a couple of minutes walk from both the bus station and the railway station. Our students enjoy having all of the city centre facilities, shops, restaurants, the city library, cinema and theatre on our doorstep. In the city itself, students find a host of lively cultural, social and educational advantages and facilities. The galleries, exhibitions, museums and book shops all play their part in enriching the student experience. A large public car-park is directly opposite and adjacent to Durham Sixth Form Centre’s main entrance.