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French A-Level at Whitefield School

Course description

A Level French helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in French and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French is spoken. Students develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and it encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context.

Course content

There are four topics which are covered at AS:
Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living/Lifestyle and Family/Relationships. At A2 students cover the following topics: Environment, The Multicultural Society, Contemporary Social Issues and Cultural Topics.

Entry requirements

In order to study French A level, students must achieve at least 5 A* to C grades at GCSE level. This should include English Language and Mathematics. Students must have studied GCSE French and obtained at least a grade B.


During AS, French students are examined as follows;
Unit 1 Listening, Reading and Writing (110 marks)
Unit 2 Speaking (50 marks)
During A2,French students are examined as follows:
Unit 3 Listening, Reading and Writing (110 marks)
Unit 4 Speaking (50 marks). Students follow the AQA French syllabus.

Future opportunities

French is an academic subject highly regarded by universities. Languages can take you further than translation, interpreting and teaching; most careers would be enhanced by having an extra modern European language, such as French. The range of jobs is extensive: editing/ proofreading; travel/tourism/ hospitality; the diplomatic service; politics; law; medicine; engineering; sports; media; finance; the arts; economics and working with international organisations. It is increasingly common for undergraduates to study combined courses for instance a language with Law, Media and History.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Whitefield School directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

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