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French A Level at Beechen Cliff School

Course description

Imagine being fluent in another language. Imagine the buzz of being able to communicate about anything with anyone in France or a French speaking country. A’Level French will do this for you as well as making you much more attractive to employers who are demanding more and more that their employees can communicate with other countries in the global market and with an imminent Brexit those who can speak other European languages will be even more sought after

It is going to broaden your knowledge of the world as well as France and the topics we study are really interesting. You will also be able to speak about whatever you like with anyone who can speak French wherever you are in the world (which you can practise during your week at a language school in Montpellier). Plus, it is a proven fact that learning a language makes you smarter, more decisive and better at English!

You can work internationally and compete in the global market. Did you know that across the rest of Europe at least one foreign language is a minimum requirement for any job? The fact that you have studied a language impresses employers and universities as it shows you have a well-rounded skill set (as demonstrated by the fact that it is one of the A’Level subjects required to access any Russell Group University). You learn important study skills that are transferable to other subjects and people are always impressed by anyone who can speak a foreign language!

Course content

Topics studied
Social issues and trends in French speaking countries: the changing nature of the family, the cyber society and the role of voluntary work in year 1 and positive features of a diverse society, life for the marginalised and how criminals are treated in year 2.

Political and artistic culture in French speaking countries: a culture proud of its heritage, contemporary francophone music and cinema in year 1 and political commitment and teenagers, the power of trade unions and the politics of immigration in year 2. Study of a film and a book.



Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (50%)

Listening, reading and responding to spoken passages and written texts from a range of contexts and sources. Questions will target main points, gist and detail and students have individual control of recordings for the listening section.

Translation into English (minimum 100 words)
Translation into French (minimum 100 words)

Paper 2: Writing (20%)

One essay question in French on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in French on a set film from a choice of two questions. All questions will require a critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered in the work and a critical and analytical response to features such as the form and the technique of presentation, as appropriate to the work studied (e.g. the effect of narrative voice in a prose text or camera work in a film).

Paper 3: Speaking (30%)

Discussion of a theme from the topics studied with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes). Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks).

Further information

French A’Level goes well with just about any other subject. The beauty of a foreign language A’ Level is that it covers such a broad range of topics and skills that it works well with any combination both at A’ Level and at University. If you really love languages, it is always a good idea to choose two as the skills you learn in one language are easily transferable to another. So if you have enjoyed learning French so far why not carry on and choose A’ Level French?

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 May 2017

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