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French A Level at Raynes Park High School

Course description

The ability to speak a Modern Foreign Language is a key skill in a world where business and communications are now conducted globally, and in which 75% of people speak no English at all. An ever-increasing number of institutions in the public and private sectors, education and business now favour a working knowledge of another language. It is beneficial as a means of advancing career prospects: those who can speak a foreign language earn on average 8% more and are far more likely to gain employment as employers seek to hire staff with language qualifications and competence.

There are many benefits to being able to speak in a foreign language.  It enables people to achieve success in work not just abroad, but also in the UK; communicate effectively when travelling or dealing with people from around the world; appreciate the culture, civilisation and history of other communities. Learning a language helps to develop sought-after skills such as communication, presentation, organisation, problem-solving and independence. A modern language equips students with a strong and flexible mind, a sound knowledge of their own grammar and vocabulary and the ability to transfer such knowledge to new contexts. The sense of satisfaction in communicating successfully in a different tongue is second to none

Course content

Listening, speaking reading and writing are assessed through the understanding and knowledge of the following key topics:

AS / Year 1

Theme 1 Evolving society in France

Changing family structures - evolving attitudes to marriage, relationships and families.

Education – the education system and student issues.

The world of work - working life and attitudes to work; gender equality; the right to strike

Theme 2 Political and artistic culture in the French speaking world

Music – changes and trends; impact of music on contemporary culture.

Media – freedom of expression ; print and online media; impact on society and politics; television and telenovelas.

Festivals and traditions – festivals, celebrations, customs and traditions.

Year 2

Theme 3  Immigration and the French multicultural society

The positive effects of immigration - contributions of immigrants to the

economy and culture.

Facing the challenges of immigration and integration in France  – actions by local communities; marginalisation and alienation from immigrants’ perspectives.

The extreme right – the rise and leaders of the National Front, public opinion

Theme 4  The Occupation and the Resistance

Occupied France – collaboration and anti-semitism

The Vichy Government – Marshall Pétain and the National Revolution

The Resistance – Jean Moulin, Charles de Gaulle, the women of the Resistance, the Resistance of the French

Entry requirements

5 A* - C including Maths and English with at least a B Grade in French or first language French speaker


AS Level Edexcel 8FR0 

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation (8FR0/01)

Paper 2 : Written response to work, translation and grammar (8FR0/02)

Paper 3: Speaking (8FR0/03)

A - Level Edexcel 9FR0

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation (9FR0/01)

Paper 2 : Written response to work, translation and grammar (9FR0/02)









Paper 3: Speaking (9FR0/03)


Future opportunities

At university any course including the study of French, also a beneficial qualification for students wishing to work in the tourist industry. Language-specific careers can include teaching, interpreting and translating.

Other progression Pathways:  French Language and Culture Studies, European Studies, Law and other Humanities, Language translation courses, Civil Services, HE studies in French-speaking universities

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 April 2017
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