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French A Level at Southern Consortium Sixth Form

Course description

AS French has been designed to give you a profound understanding of the French language. Not only will you know more about the mechanics of the language – like grammar and vocabulary – but also about how people live and use French on a day-to-day basis.

You will:


  • develop and build on skills learned at GCSE
  • achieve a sound basis for further study
  • gain an insight into another culture and society
  • widen your employment prospects 

Course content

You will study the following topics:

  • Social issues and trends
    • the changing nature of the family
    • the 'cyber-society'
    • the place of voluntary work
  • Artistic culture
    • A culture proud of its heritage
    • Contemporary francophone music
    • Cinema : the 7th art form
  • Study of a set French film

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement for the course is GCSE French grade B although an A is preferable. You will need to feel confident at this level in the four French skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. You must also have some knowledge and understanding of the culture and way of life in France and be willing to find out more!


Paper 1- Listening, Reading and translation into English: 45%

Paper 2- Translation into French + Essay writing on a film studied in class: 25%

Paper 3- Speaking: 30%

Future opportunities

Languages skills open up many interesting career opportunities. Traditionally, language specialists have worked as translators, interpreters and teachers but there are many other fields in which their skills are highly valued. These include business (e.g. export sales, bilingual PA), journalism, travel and transport (e.g. tour guide, air cabin crew, freight forwarder), civil service as well as engineering, finance or designing where being proficient in a language will give you broader career options. In other words, language skills can fit around any career! 

Further information

Why study French at AS level?

The ability to speak a modern foreign language is becoming more and more highly regarded by both universities and employers alike. Students find that MFL is a natural fit for many subjects, enabling them to use their skills and qualifications to access career opportunities at home and abroad. But on a wider level, anybody who wants to travel for work or pleasure should consider taking this course. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southern Consortium Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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    • Eastbury Sixth Form provides a supportive environment in which students feel valued, grow in confidence and fulfill their academic, moral and social potential by combining high expectations with a powerful support network.

      Our Sixth form results for both academic and vocational courses are amongst the very best in Barking and Dagenham and many of our students go on to attend the country’s most competitive Universities and Apprenticeships.

      By joining Eastbury Sixth Form as part of the Southern Consortium students are choosing to become part of a thriving community with an ever-growing reputation for academic excellence, a comprehensive enrichment programme and post-18 support to ensure every student leaves on an aspirational and well-matched progression route.

      We place a high emphasis on not just the academic attainment of our students, but also their moral and social development.  We offer a wide range of trips, events and workshops to ensure all our students leave as confidant, independent and responsible young adults with an appetite to continue their learning with vigor and enthusiasm.

      We are all extremely proud to be part of the sixth form community, no more so than when visitors comment on the happy and purposeful atmosphere they find here; this comes from the warm relationships which exist between staff and students, creating a community in which each person is valued, can flourish, and achieve their full potential.

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      The Consortium provides a friendly and efficient bus service, which is free to students, that moves students at lesson changes between Consortium school sites.