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French AS & A Level at Archbishop Tenison's School

Course description

A-level languages will build upon your existing knowledge gained at GCSE. It will give you a sound understanding of using your language in a variety of contexts and situations. You will improve your communication in the foreign language by developing your: listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The courses are designed to help you develop proficiency in your chosen foreign language and to appreciate the diversity of cultures.Languages are an invaluable skill to have and are seen by both universities and employers as an indication of high academic excellence.

Course content


  • Spoken Expression and Response. Conversation on a general topic area that students have chosen in advance.
  • Understanding and Written Response. This unit covers understanding texts and recordings, students will also need to produce a 2,000 word essay.


  • Understanding and Spoken Response. Presenting and taking a clear stance on an issue of their choice, interacting effectively with the teacher and defending their views.
  • Research, Understanding and Written Response. This unit demonstrates skills in advanced-level French writing and translation from English into French.
  • Students will also demonstrate evidence of independent, advanced-level reading and research of a chosen text, play, film or topic area that links to the culture/ society of a French-speaking country.

Overall the AS course builds on what you have learnt at GCSE though with a much bigger focus on grammatical accuracy and advanced writing skills.

The A level introduces more advanced research and reading skills and acknowledges the importance of knowledge and understanding of French-language culture and literature.

Entry requirements

In addition to the Minimum Entry Requirements you will need a grade B in French.


Assessment on the AS and A level is 100% examination based.

Future opportunities

French A Level leads on to degree courses both in Modern Languages but also in mixed courses such as French and Business or French and Law.

Language skills are in demand in a whole range of careers in business, financial services and in professions such as Law or Accountancy. Anyone with a second language is also obviously in a good position to travel and work abroad.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Tenison's School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2016
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