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French A Level at Southend High School for Girls

Course description

What will you learn at AS?
Students examine issues within four main topics: Media,
Popular Culture, Healthy Living and Family and Relationships.
Students will develop their abilities to communicate in
written and spoken French and deepen their understanding
of the cultures of the countries where French is spoken.
Listening, reading and writing make up 70% of the
examination and speaking 30% at AS and A2.
What will you learn at A2?
A2 topics include Environment, Multicultural Society and
Social issues. Students research and debate topics and
also study two cultural topics which in recent years have
included Brittany, the Occupation of France and the Films
of François Truffaut.
We encourage students to read and listen to as much
French as possible and there will also be weekly sessions
with the Assistante. In recent years there have been
opportunities for work experience in Nice and participation
in European Classes at Alden Biesen.


Entry requirements

Grade B or higher in GCSE French


Students will be tested regularly on their listening, speaking,
reading and writing skills and on their knowledge of
grammatical structures. There will also be weekly sessions
with the French Assistant in small groups or on a one-to-one
basis to improve speaking skills. There may also be
opportunities to visit France and put into practice the
skills acquired during the course as well as opportunities
to see how French can be relevant in the workplace.

Future opportunities

Anywhere that French is spoken! In addition, knowledge
of a language is a benefit in many fields including science
and engineering as can be seen through our workshops at
Ford’s Dunton. Languages can be combined with a wide
range of degree subjects and languages graduates are
greatly sought after in the job market.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southend High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years