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French - A Level at Lipson Co-operative Academy

Course description

Overview of course -what can students expect: By choosing to study A Level French students will develop their linguistic skills alongside their understanding of the culture and society of countries where French is spoken. Students study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. They will study highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema, and learn about political engagement and who wields political power in the French-speaking world. Students also explore the influence of the past on present-day French-speaking communities. Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.

Course content

Students will be set 5 hours of independent study each week and this will be monitored. They will be encouraged to make full use of the resources we have available in the Faculty and LRC. Written work will be set and marked fortnightly; students will have time to review and act upon their feedback. Students will also have a session with a native speaker to work on their oral competency.


Breakdown of assessment: A two-year linear course, with all examinations taken at the end of year 13.

  • Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing - 40%
  • Paper 2: Writing – 30%
  • Paper 3: Speaking – 30%.

Future opportunities

Languages are all around us and since we live in a multilingual global society, demand for people with language skills is greater than ever. Students who study French A Level can go on to study French at university level, either as whole or part of their degree course; this can also be combined with other languages and subjects. Offering a second language can lead directly into careers such as translating, interpreting and teaching. In addition those with language skills are sought after in the world of business, in the public sector and in international work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lipson Co-operative Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September