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French A Level at The Downs School

Course description

Studying French at AS and Advanced Level is fun and highly rewarding. Linguists use many transferable skills that are not only useful in other subjects but also in real life! Students will be able to communicate with so many more people as they develop their language skills. They will learn about many more aspects of French culture and they will be able to express themselves on a range of topics – psychology, sociology, philosophy, politics, literature and the Arts.

Students will become a lot more independent in using a range of resources to find out about contemporary France and Frenchspeaking countries: French websites, authentic magazines, French music and cinema. Intensive speaking practice with a native speaker will definitely boost students‟ oral skills, fluency and confidence.

Course content

AS Level topics  MEDIA : television, advertising, communication technology  POPULAR CULTURE : cinema, music, fashion and trends  HEALTHY LIVING/LIFESTYLE : sport/exercise, health and wellbeing, holidays  FAMILY/RELATIONSHIPS : relationships within the family, friends, marriage /partnerships

A2 Level topics  ENVIRONMENT : pollution, energy, protecting the planet  THE MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY : immigration, integration, racism  CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES : wealth and poverty, law & order, impact of scientific and technological progress

 CULTURAL TOPICS : TWO from the following list will be studied. All must be taken from a French-speaking country or community.  A region  A period of 20th century history  The work of an author  The work of a dramatist or a poet  The work of a director, architect, musician or painter

Entry requirements

Students require a GRADE B at GCSE French.


Various assessments.

Future opportunities

Languages are a student‟s unique selling point to universities and employers. Universities use them as a way of differentiating students. They are looked on favourably, whether taken at AS or to A2 level and form the basis for further study of the same language, but everyone knows that learning one language makes it easier to learn another one so students could start a totally new language at university! There are also many university courses which combine a language with another subject.

In the world of work Specialist language occupations include interpreter, translator, languages teacher or trainer. Industries where languages are „essential‟ or „highly desirable‟ include journalism, market research, catering and hospitality, tourism, global industries, personal assistant positions. Many businesses prioritise a language learner in their selection criteria. A recent survey shows that French is the business language most in demand in the UK.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Downs School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

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