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French AS level at Chatham Grammar School for Girls

Course description

The course aims to enable students to read and understand more complex French and to speak and write more fluently. To fuel interest in the French-speaking world, topical, cultural, social, political, environmental and lifestyle issues are all covered as listening, reading, oral and written skills are developed. Oral as well as written examinations are taken. French is offered alone and in combination by many universities and a wide range of career opportunities are available at home, in Europe and in over fifty francophone countries.

Course content

Paper 1 Listening and reading

Paper 2 Writing

Paper 3 Speaking 


Topics Covered

a)                  Leisure and Lifestyles, including travel and tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs, traditions, healthy living – heath and nutrition, diet and exercise; unhealthy living – drugs, aids, smoking, alcohol, etc.

b)                 The Individual and Society, including relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture (values, peer groups, fashions and trends etc), education, vocational training and future careers. 


Course Skills

Listening skills, reading skills (involves analysing resources and responding to written information), written and oral skills (including expressing points of view, translating, developing arguments and organising ideas) and thinking skills (thinking about topical issues, following the news and having an opinion on current affairs and topical issues).

Entry requirements

All students must obtain five C grade passes at GCSE (a GNVQ qualification will also be considered).  In addition we expect students to have achieved a B grade at GCSE in French. 

Future opportunities

French is an asset for a wide variety of careers, not just translating or teaching.

Here again Universities offer French in combination with any other subject at degree level.

53 French-speaking countries in the world (French is still widely spoken in Africa).  French is one of the official languages of the European Union and the United Nations.  A lot of French businesses have now settled in Kent and in London.  This is why French is a very useful additional skill in any career. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chatham Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September