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French A Level at Greenford High School

Course description

Students will learn to discuss a range of topics in the language they are studying. These will include Social Issues and Trends and Political and Artistic Culture as well as an in depth study of a book and a film .  Students will have access to a wide-range of authentic materials such as video, online resources, newspapers and magazines and have the opportunity to take part in weekly conversation sessions with Foreign Language Assistant.

Course content

A level French is a two year linear course with exams at the end of Year 13. The AS course is one year.

Paper 1: Listening, Reading & Writing (40%)

Paper 2: Writing (30%)

Paper 3: Speaking (30%) 

The main focus is on developing the knowledge and skills acquired at GCSE, encouraging accuracy through a solid understanding of grammar and gaining a useful insight into the culture of the target language country. Speaking skills are developed in lessons and in sessions with the language assistant. Through the topics studied, students will get the opportunity to reflect on various aspects of contemporary society including the changing role of the family, equal rights, life for the marginalised, cultural heritage, politics and immigration. All students will be given the chance to take part in a visit to the country of the language studied.


Entry requirements

GCSE Grade A/A* or above in the language you wish to study. Grade B candidates with a high UMS score will be considered on a case by case basis. Students from Greenford need to have completed the pre-AS course in Year 11.

Future opportunities

By choosing to study a foreign language at Advanced Level, you immediately enhance your UCAS and employment prospects. It is an extremely flexible subject which combines well with both Arts, Sciences and Business based subjects. Most Universities offer courses which allow you to combine the study of a language alongside a wide variety of other subjects and most of these courses will offer the opportunity for a year abroad studying or working. In its 2011 guidance to applicants, Cambridge University recommends languages as “a good keystone subject” at A-level which will “provide a good foundation for an arts or social sciences subject combination.”

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Greenford High School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016
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