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French AS/A-Level at Plymstock School

Course description

A level French is designed to offer a stimulating content, which enables students to develop their linguistic skills alongside their understanding of the culture and society of countries where French is spoken. The course fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and to society. Students study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. They will study highlights of Frenchspeaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema, and learn about political engagement and who wields political power in the Frenchspeaking world. Students will study texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.

Course content

In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of French-speaking countries.

In the second year further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing on issues, such as life for those on the margins of French-speaking society as well as looking at the positive influences that diversity brings. Students also study aspects of the political landscape in a French-speaking country, looking at immigration from the political perspective and at the way in which political power is expressed through action such as strikes and demonstrations.

Entry requirements

At least 5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent). At least a grade B in GCSE French.

English and Mathematics GCSE at grade C or above.

Future opportunities

French can lead to higher education language courses including combined courses with another subject. Language skills are highly sought after in the business world. Specific careers involving French include: tourism, marketing, secretarial, translating, teaching, engineering, fashion.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

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