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Modern Languages - French Advanced Level at Budehaven Community School

Course description

Course Aims:

  • to broaden the language skills acquired at GCSE, with a greater emphasis placed on grammar and linguistic structures  
  • to give students the skills to understand, explore and discuss, aspects of culture and society. The emphasis is on real fluency.
  • to give the opportunity to analyse information and express opinions

Course content

Social issues and trends in French-speaking society including:

• The changing nature of family (La famille en voie de changement)

• The ‘cyber-society’ (La « cyber-société »)

• Positive features of a diverse society (Les aspects positifs d’une société diverse)

• How criminals are treated (Comment on traite les criminels)

Political and artistic culture in France or a French-speaking country including:

• Contemporary francophone music (La musique francophone contemporaine)

• Cinema: the 7th art form (Cinéma : le septième art)

• Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment (Les ados, le droit de vote et l’engagement politique)

• Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power? (Manifestations, grèves – à qui le pouvoir ?)

• Politics and immigration (La politique et l’immigration)

Literary texts and films

• Students must study either one text and one film or two texts Individual research project Students must identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where French is spoken.

Entry requirements

What we would like students to offer us:

B grade or above at GCSE would be highly recommended

 A commitment to learning

Their best efforts


There will be three assessments at the end of the course:

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing.

Paper 2: Writing Paper

3: Speaking

Future opportunities

Universities increasingly offer courses combining languages and other disciplines, such as Law, Economics and Management etc. A year spent abroad is normally part of the course.

Students who have studied French to A2-level have found that while they have progressed to genuine fluency, they have also been able to study social and cultural questions such as animal rights, equal opportunities and the environment. They are able to look at the media, including the Internet, to see how they are changing and how they change our lives. There is the opportunity to examine France and French-speaking countries – not only their wonderful culture, geography and history, but also get a “warts and all” view, for example, looking at race relations.

There will also be opportunities to visit France during the course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 October 2016

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