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French A Level at Monkwearmouth Sixth Form College

Course description

The course is designed to encourage students to:


  • enhance their linguistic skills and promote and develop their capacity for critical thinking on the basis of their knowledge and understanding of the language, culture and society of the country or countries where the language is spoken
  • develop control of the language system to convey meaning, using spoken and written skills, including an extended range of vocabulary, for both practical and intellectual purposes as increasingly confident, accurate and independent users of the language
  • develop their ability to interact effectively with users of the language in speech and in writing, including through online media
  • develop language learning skills and strategies, including communication strategies to sustain communication and build fluency and confidence
  • engage critically with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in the language, developing an appreciation of sophisticated and creative uses of the language and understanding them within their cultural and social context
  • develop knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, past and present, of the country or countries where the language is spoken
  • mediate between cultures and between speakers of the language and speakers of English
  • foster their ability to learn other languages
  • equip themselves with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to proceed to further study or employment.

Course content

Year 12

Students in Year 12 follow the Edexcel A Level French syllabus which covers the following topics:

  • Changes in French society.

  • Political and artistic culture in French speaking countries.

  • Study of a film & Literary Text.

  • Grammar.

Year 13

Students in Year 13 follow the Edexcel A Level French syllabus which covers the following topics:

  • Immigration and the multicultural French society.

  • Personal research and presentation.

  • The Occupation and the Resistance.

  • Study of a literary text (continued).

  • Grammar.

Entry requirements

Students who have a good understanding of the grammar and vocabulary at HIGHER tier GCSE have good foundation on which to build their A level studies. Students taking A level French should have a level 6, 7 8 or 9 in GCSE French.


This qualification offers a suitable progression route from Key Stages 3 and 4 and GCSE, focusing on the development of all four language skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing. Grammar and the mastering of linguistic features are key elements of this qualification as is the inclusion of authentic written and spoken sources, responding through writing to literature and film. Students are expected to be able to develop knowledge and understanding of the social issues and trends and political and artistic culture of the target language country and communities. They should be able to express and justify their own opinions, develop arguments, and persuade, in speech and writing, building on the fluency and spontaneity developed at Key Stages 3 and 4.The skill of translation will be developed from those skills practised at Key Stages 3 and 4.The range of topics promotes a clear progression in grammar, vocabulary, and cultural knowledge and understanding from Key Stages 3 and 4, and will increase linguistic and cognitive demand.

Future opportunities

French is classed as a facilitating subject which are those subjects that many universities require or prefer as prerequisites for their degree courses. This qualification offers a suitable progression route to further study at university level. In addition, the study of one language at GCE can facilitate and help promote the learning of other languages. The qualification may also add to an individual’s employability profile, particularly for UK organisations trading overseas as well as with international companies based in the UK and globally. Students can progress to a wide range of careers in areas such as journalism and media, education, science, medicine, the civil service, sales, marketing, retail, and charities. Students will be able to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding to authentic, real-life contexts. They will develop transferable skills that support study of other GCE subjects, higher education study, and the transition to employment, together with an understanding and appreciation of French speaking countries and their cultures. A degree in languages will equip you with the following skills, all of which are desirable in the modern jobseeker: oral communication, written communication, at least one foreign language, experience of living abroad and experience of dealing with people from various backgrounds, languages and countries. Foreign languages are necessary in most sectors due to the proliferation of multinational businesses, internet-based companies, and the onset of globalisation. There is a great demand for foreign language speakers in politics, media and journalism, creative writing, market research and a host of other industries as well as teaching, translation, and interpretation. Some language graduates go into Teaching English as a Foreign Language as a career. There are work options in the UK and abroad.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 February 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September