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French at Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School

Course description


Welsh Board

Outline of the Course

  • Component 1 - Speaking - This unit comprises of 2 parts. The first part is a discussion on a topic chosen by the student. The second part is based on a stimulus card on one of the themes covered at A level and ensuing discussion.
  • Component 2 - Listening, reading and translation - Students will be asked to transfer meaning from a number of audio texts and reading texts through multi choice questions, gap filling and question and answer type responses.The translations include translating one text from English to the assessed language and another from the assessed language to English.
  • Component 3 - Critical and analytical response in writing - Students will be asked to write two essays based on a text and / or a film which has been studied in class.
  • Components include the following topics: travel and exploration, diversity and difference, contemporary youth culture and for French - France 1940-1950 The occupation and post war years.
  • Texts and films – Le silence de la Mer (novel) and Les Choristes (film) -

Course content

From 2016 this subject becomes a new style two year linear A level. The department are currently finalising which examination board will be followed. This information will be updated prior to the Sixth Form Open Evening


 "You get so much credit for being able to speak the language and I really enjoy the books we are studying. It makes me think more deeply about the culture of the country."

If you are interested in the International world, other people and other countries and want to learn more about their culture, traditions, politics and way of life you will enjoy this course. And you need to like speaking! You will develop your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. Each course covers many contemporary issues and current affairs and you should be able to discuss anything from sport and fashion to fair trade with the Third World. You will learn to think and express yourself in French and will be expected to read authentic materials like newspaper articles and to listen to radio and TV. You will develop your writing skills from formal letters to longer essays and gain insight into the works of a range of writers, including poetry, plays and novels and watching some films. You will also develop your skills of communication and information technology through access to the Internet.

Any language is a valuable subject to study and will combine happily with most careers or provide a career in its own right, either at home or abroad. Subjects as diverse as Law, Chemistry and Theatre Studies can be studied with any Modern Language in a joint degree. Many of these courses allow you to spend a year abroad in Year 2 or 3. Many linguists also pursue careers in the media, tourism, journalism, publishing, teaching, banking and accountancy. Through the ERASMUS scheme you will be able to spend a free year studying abroad while at University.

(Provisional 2017-2018)

Entry requirements

Entry criteria:

Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in French




Type of Assessment




Examination: Oral assessment – discussion on a chosen topic followed by discussion based on a stimulus card

21-23 minutes



Examination: Listening, reading and translation from target language to English and English to target language

2 hours 30 minutes



Examination: Writing assessment – based on texts or film

2 hours







Financial information

You will be asked to purchase an advanced level vocabulary guide at an approximate cost of £8, and you will have the opportunity to buy a magazine and cd with extra listening and reading material that you will find useful for revision and supporting examination and class work. These latter materials cost around £10, are not compulsory, but are recommended for independent learning.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level course or equivalent to prepare for higher education in French, Languages or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to French or Languages such as a Teacher, Translator, or you may wish to use your French to study or work over in France. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the travel and tourism sector.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 December 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year