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French A Level at Christopher Whitehead Language College

Course description

Year 12: AS Level :

A) Leisure and Lifestyles - including travel and tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs, traditions, healthy living - health 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.

Year 13: A Level:

C) Environmental Issues - including technology, pollution, global warming, transport energy, nuclear energy, renewable energies, conservation, recycling and sustainability.

D) Social and Political Issues - including the role of the media, racism, immigration, social exclusion and integration, terrorism, world of work (employment, commerce, globalization, etc.)

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a B grade in GCSE French.


FN1:  12-15 minutes oral exam (20% of qualification, 60 raw marks; 80 UMS marks).  Examiner-led discussion of topics  General conversation.

FN2:  2½ hours Listening, Reading and Writing exam (30% of qualification, 98 raw marks; 120 UMS marks).  Listening and Responding  Reading and Responding  Grammar tasks  Translation Target Language - English  Essay.

FN3:  15-20 minutes oral exam. (20% of qualification, 60 raw marks; 80 UMS marks).  Structured Discussion  Exposé.

FN4:  3 hours Listening Reading and Writing (30of qualification, 98 raw marks; 120 UMS marks).  Listening and Responding  Reading and Responding  Translation English – target language  Guided Studies Essay - The 3 Options for the guided study essay are: 1. The World of Cinema 2. The World of Literature 3. Regional Studies.

Future opportunities

 In an increasingly global economy, proficiency in a foreign language is a highly marketable job skill. French is integral to or complementary with a huge number of careers including; international business, computing, travel and tourism, public administration, law, banking, medicine, accountancy, journalism, education and social work.

 A sound working knowledge of one or more modern European languages has become a major differentiator when it comes to recruitment. The study of other European languages and literature develops cultural awareness and sensitivity, improves one’s ability to communicate and promotes greater appreciation of European business environments.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christopher Whitehead Language College directly.

Last updated date: 23 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years