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French A Level at Samuel Ryder Academy

Course description

If you want to broaden your horizons and are fascinated by foreign countries, cultures and communication, then this course is for you.

A higher level qualification is an enormous asset for job and university applications of any discipline. If you are able to speak a foreign language you are likely to earn 5% or more than a graduate who cannot. It is also great fun and offers plenty of challenge.

You will be intellectually challenged, taught in small, friendly and supportive groups and have the opportunity to study more mature and interesting topics such as the rights of young people, family relationships and media among others. You will meet in groups of 2 or 3 with the language assistant to discuss themes within each topic area using authentic materials and will be expected to engage in independent study; one hour of which must be spent researching the culture of France or the French Speaking World and keep up to date with current affairs, consulting original material and resources such as magazines etc.

Year 12

Topic 1 – Youth culture and concerns

  • Music and fashion
  • Technology (e.g.MP3/blogs/mobile phones/internet/games)
  • Relationships (e.g. family, friends, peer pressure)
  • Drink, drugs, sex

Topic 2 – Lifestyle, health and fitness

  • Sport and exercise
  • Food and diet
  • Health issues (smoking, skin cancer and health services)

Topic 3 – The world around us (travel, tourism, environmental issues relating to France)

  • Tourist information, travel and transport
  • Weather (natural disasters, climate change)
  • Pollution and recycling

Topic 4 – Education and Employment

  • Education (school and higher ed)
  • Education policy and student issues
  • The world of work (changing work scene, job opportunities and unemployment

 Year 13

Topic 1 – History, Arts and Literature

  • The XXth century
  • French cinema
  • Literature
  • The arts (films, paintings and sculptures)
  • Architecture

Topic 2 – Society/ current affairs

  • Poverty
  • Crimes
  • Riots
  • Immigration and integration
  • Drugs
  • Prisons

Topic 3 – The world

  • Poverty in the world
  • Aids
  • The Second World War
  • Genocides
  • Immigration (les sans-papiers)
  • Drugs in sport
  • New technologies

Topic 4 – Traditions and beliefs

  • Cloning /GM foods
  • Euthanasia
  • Religions and celebrations
  • Citizens of the world

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSE grades A* to C including English and Mathematics is required in addition to the subject specific requirements for those subjects intended for study at Advanced Level or BTEC.

Candidates are also invited to attend an interview. On the basis of their interviews and in the case of external applications, a report from their current school is also required. An offer of a conditional place may then be made but the offer remains provisional until the students’ results are known.

Candidates will generally have sat the GCSE Higher Tier Examination, and obtained grade B or above at GCSE level.

To progress to the A2 qualification, students must gain a minimum of a D grade in the AS examination.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Samuel Ryder Academy directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2015
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Key information

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