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A Level French at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford

Course description

  •  Our Sixth Form French course, based on authentic material is designed to prepare you for a variety of possible activities in Higher Education, employment and leisure. It encourages the development of personal and intellectual as well as linguistic skills. It has been planned to be as enjoyable and rewarding as possible.
  •  It offers an opportunity to explore interests and concerns, which you may share with your contemporaries in French-speaking countries. At the same time it aims to help you extend your knowledge of the French language, and develop skill and confidence in using it.

Course content

  •  Much of the work is centred around topics of contemporary interest, including the Environment, Education, the Media and the regions, as well as work and leisure. There is also a short module centred on word-processing and information technology.
  •  The examination syllabus emphasises topics and themes, not for in-depth study, but as an introduction to the culture of French-speaking countries. Pupils also benefit from weekly conversation classes with a French assistant
  •  The subject areas are: AS:Media; Family life; Education; The Arts; Food and Drink; Sport and Pastimes; Travel, Transport and Holidays A2: Social issues; The Environment; Law and Order; Technological Advances; Politics; Human Interest News Items

Entry requirements

  •  The course is suitable for any student with a good GCSE grade. It is designed to appeal to a wide spectrum of students, not only those who might have been attracted to the traditional literary A-level.
  •  The approach is communicative; French is used intensively in tutorials, with only a minimum of English needed for the A-level examination.


  •  There are brief tests at the end of each module, and more formal examinations, closely following the format of the AS and A2 papers, in the Spring Term of each year. There is also regular practice of examination skills and techniques.
  •  The OCR AS-level, taken at the end of Year 12, consists of two units, including a Speaking Unit, and a unit testing Listening, Reading and Writing skills and comprehension and grammar. There are also 2 Units for the A2-level in the same format as the AS-level.

Future opportunities

A second language is an asset to any career choice. French can be studied with most other subjects at university. Studying French will develop intra- and interpersonal skills, sharpen critical awareness and give students the confidence and competence to rely on their own knowledge base in challenging situations. French is a central language of the European Union and one of the most important commercial European languages spoken widely in Western Europe.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford directly.

Last updated date: 01 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years