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French A-Level at New College Pontefract

Course description

Studying French increases your understanding of the language and your ability to write and speak with greater accuracy and confidence in a range of situations. It develops your understanding of how languages, including English, work and improves your attention to detail. It also offers you the chance to find out more about French culture and society and develops your capacity to see the world through other people’s eyes and understand their point of view.


Languages are regarded as some of the most academic subjects so universities and employers value them. Many students go on to study French or another language as part of their degree, often in combination with another subject such as History, Law or Business; languages go well with every other subject. Fluency in French can allow you to work or study in France or other French speaking countries, during your studies or later in life.

Course content

In Year 12 and Year 13, students will study topics from a range of political, social and cultural themes, for example schooling in the French speaking world, French TV, the French Revolution or New Wave cinema.

In Year 12 students will study a French film and in Year 13 at least one novel or play. There will also be a study topic of individual choice in Year 13 to prepare for the oral examination. Throughout this time students will develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through comprehension, speaking practice (including small group sessions), grammatical exercises and translation from English into French and French into English.


Entry requirements

Level 6 English Language and Level 6 in French


The course is assessed in four skill areas - speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

You could combine French at University with Business Studies, Law or Economics or study one or two new languages with French to degree Level.

Teaching, The World of Commerce and the Civil Service are professions which French students have entered.

Further information

What skills do I need?

  • Well developed listening and speaking skills and a willingness to contribute to discussion
  • An ability to understand and apply grammatical concepts
  • An ability to analyse and express opinions coherently
  • An interest in the country, its culture and society
  • A good grasp of Standard English


How will I be taught?
Lessons will focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

You will have 50% of your contact time in our 20 seat Language Laboratory, allowing you to progress individually.

We will examine a range of aspects of the societies where the target languages are spoken and also develop your understanding and use of grammatical structures.

You are expected to do extra listening and reading activities in your own time and are required to spend twenty minutes per week with the language assistant in one of your study periods.

Private Study
As an approximate guideline AS subjects require three to four hours of independent study each; A2 subjects four to five hours each and GCSE subjects two hours each.

What materials will I need to purchase?
You are encouraged to provide your own bi-lingual dictionary.

Examining Board

French is for you if: You enjoy speaking French, are interested in how languages work and are willing to learn new material regularly.

French is not for you if: You are not willing to try to speak, don't like independent learning or struggle to remember material accurately.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 October 2017
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