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Sir Graham Balfour School French A Level AQA (Block A) at The Stafford Partnership

Course description


Get your ‘joie de vivre’! In studying French, you will have the opportunity to further develop and build upon the skills which you acquired at GCSE. You will begin to use French in a wider variety of contexts and thus you will develop into a more competent and fluent linguist. An A Level in French will not only facilitate your travel abroad, but it will enhance your employment prospects and will offer you an insight into, and an understanding of, another culture and way of life. In today’s multicultural society, language skills are becoming increasingly essential and sought-after as no business can thrive without trading abroad. A foreign language is a skill for life!

AS Course:

Course Content

You will study French through the following topics:

• MEDIA (television, advertising, the internet)

• POPULAR CULTURE (cinema, music, fashion)

• HEALTHY LIVING (sport, diet, alcohol, holidays)

• FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIPS (relationships, friendships, marriage)

In A2, you will study:

• ENVIRONMENT (pollution, types of energy, protecting the planet)

• THE MULTI-CULTURAL SOCIETY (immigration, integration, racism)

• SOCIAL ISSUES (wealth and poverty, law and order)

• A CULTURAL TOPIC (study of a French speaking country / actor / painter / musician)

Additional Information

Both the AS and A2 courses are assessed through examinations testing competency in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Examinations for all four skills are available in January and June; therefore candidates will have the opportunity to sit each examination twice.

Progression Routes:

Studies have shown that globalisation is a dominant issue in courses, and many students wish to take advantage of career opportunities offered by global developments. The value of key skills embedded in MFL courses, particularly language and communication skills, intercultural competence, and personal resilience in mobility, are attractive to many employers. The strong position of language graduates in employment is well documented.

Entry requirements

The standard entry criteria to study in the sixth form is an 9-4 or A*-C in at least seven different subjects, including mathematics which would usually be at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C in previous years).


To study other subjects already taken at GCSE you must achieve  at least a grade 5 or C grade or above in that subject.

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Future opportunities

An A or AS qualification in one or more foreign languages will certainlyenhance employment opportunities, and open up a wider choice ofdegree courses for the student.This course will prepare students for life in a world in whichcommunication with other countries is of increasing significance andwhere young people will need to compete in the job market with theirpeers from other countries who will undoubtedly be multilingual.In recent years some A Level students have gone on to study: MarketingInternational Law; Aeronautics; Journalism; Chemistry.Some of these courses have been combined with a language; others haveincluded subsidiary language modules. We would particularly urgestudents who are hoping to embark on a career in business, the sciences,engineering and technology, marketing or law to consider taking alanguage at least to AS.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Stafford Partnership directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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