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French A Level at Cirencester College

Course description

A language A-level opens many doors.   The new linear syllabus for AQA is focused on the study of French culture, including social issues, music, cinema and politics.    During the second year you will also make an in-depth study of a novel and a film.  This is a great opportunity to gain the confidence to speak and write freely in French on a variety of topical issues, in addition to acquiring transferable research and analytical skills. . You will improve your ability to problem solve, to be creative and above all to communicate well, all of which are vital skills for today’s job market.

Course content

Studying the topic areas listed below will give you a valuable understanding of French life and culture today. You will also have the opportunity to analyse in depth both a literary work and a film.

Social Issues and Trends

• Changing nature of family
• Cyber society
• Voluntary work
• Positive features of a diverse society
• Life for the marginalised
• How criminals are treated
Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
• A culture proud of its heritage
• Contemporary francophone music
• Cinema: the 7th art form



Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
• Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
• Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
• Politics and immigration


Texts – one from
Molière Le Tartuffe
• Voltaire Candide
• Maupassant Boule de suif et autres contes de la guerre
• Camus L’étranger
• Françoise Sagan Bonjour tristesse
• Claire Etcherelli Elise ou la vraie vie
• Joseph Joffo Un sac de billes
• Faïza Guène Kiffe kiffe demain
• Philippe Grimbert Un secret
• Delphine de Vigan No et moi

Films – one from
Au revoir les enfants
• La Haine
• L’auberge espagnole
• Un long dimanche de fiançailles
• Entre les murs
• Les 400 coups


Entry requirements

You will require a grade B in French GCSE in order to apply for the course.


Assessment is through examinations at the end of the course including an oral or speaking exam.

Future opportunities

You will be able to apply for a language related degree course, either in the language you have studied or in a completely new language. Cirencester students have gone on to study Chinese, Hebrew, Russian and Sanskrit for example. Many universities offer languages as Joint Honours options combining the chosen language with another subject such as Business Management, Law and English Literature to name but a few, which generally allow you to spend a year of your degree course studying or working abroad. Studying a language to an advanced level can be a significant advantage to those wanting to work for global business firms, as a lawyer in commercial law, in a large accounting firm, or in the finance industry

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cirencester College directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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