French A Level at The Thomas Hardye School
The study of a modern foreign language is a pathway to broader horizons. The new course is an ideal complement to a range of courses offering the potential for real breadth of study, whilst remaining a rigorous and highly respected qualification. Students will learn to speak the foreign language with a good degree of fluency, will develop real insight into cultures and will have the opportunity to study authentic literature and film, as well as undertaking an independent research project. In short they will learn much more than a language.
Students will study two themes and one work of film. The themes relate to aspects of society in French/German/Spanish speaking countries and to artistic culture in those countries. Sub-topics include the changing nature of the family, the ‘cyber society’ and contemporary music and cinema.
In the second year the remaining two themes will be covered along with a work of literature. The broad and stimulating themes focus on current issues in countries where the language is spoken as well as aspects of political life. Examples include immigration, diversity, political engagement and the right to vote. Students will also undertake an independent research project on any topic of their choice, related to a country where the language is spoken. This will be presented and discussed in the speaking test.
There are three exams. Paper 1 is a listening, reading and writing test which also includes translation from and into the language of study. Paper 2 is an essay paper where students will be required to respond in writing in the foreign language to questions set on the works of film and literature that they have studied. Paper 3 is a speaking test which involves a general discussion of some of the themes studied as well as the presentation and discussion of their independent research project.
Advanced level qualifications in foreign languages are highly valued by universities and can open doors into career paths as diverse as business, law, academia and education, journalism and media, the charitable sector, politics or tourism.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thomas Hardye School directly.