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French A-Level at The Chalfonts Community College

Course description

What is this course about?

Bonjour, Bienvenue! Are you interested in learning about the language, culture, history and current affairs of the French speaking world? If so, studying a language at Advanced Level could be for you.

AS French will include study of the world around us, youth culture and concerns, life style, health and fitness. A2 topics will include customs, tradition, beliefs and religions, national and international events, the arts.

Course content

What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed?

You will continue to build on your listening, reading, writing and speaking as well as your knowledge of grammar.


Interviews, conversations, radio broadcasts, tapes, videos, satellite TV, video clips on the Internet in our digital language laboratory.


Role-plays, dialogues, pronunciation practice, short presentations and regular conversation classes in small groups with a native speaker.


Articles, magazines, books, newspapers, Internet sources.


Short articles, letters, reports, projects, poems, descriptions.  


Games, revision and practice in class and using the Internet.

For AS in all languages there will be two assessments: a speaking test and a combined reading, writing and listening exam.

For A2 there are two units: for French there will be a speaking test and a combined reading and writing test.

Entry requirements

What do I need to get on to this course?

You will need a B grade or above at GCSE in French. But most importantly, you need a real interest in French and also in the countries where French is spoken.

Future opportunities

What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead?

Many of our students go on to study languages as a major or minor part of their Higher Education course. There has been an explosion in recent years in the number of university courses where Modern Languages are combined with other subjects, such as business and management, marketing, accountancy, law, engineering, construction, sciences, IT, arts and music. Study at this level usually involves time spent working or studying abroad.

In recent years, the ability to use languages is highly prized by employers. Modern Languages graduates are in demand with 96% of students finding immediate and well-paid employment. Whatever you decide to do, your language skills will be an invaluable asset to you.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Chalfonts Community College directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

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