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French A Level at Chadwell Heath Academy

Course description

Students study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. They will study highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema, and learn about political engagement and who wields political power in the Frenchspeaking world. Students also explore the influence of the past on present-day French-speaking communities. Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice. Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Course content

Topics covered at AS Level French

Social issues and trends:
- The changing nature of the family - The ‘cybersociety’ - The place of voluntary work.

Artistic Culture:
- A culture proud of its heritage - Contemporary francophone music - Cinema: the 7th art form.

Topics covered at A-Level French
All AS level topics are covered at A-level and also:

Aspects of French-speaking society: Current issues:
- Positive features of a diverse society.
- Life for the marginalised.
- How criminals are treated.

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world:
- Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment.
- Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
- Politics and immigration.


Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation into English– 40%
Paper 2: Writing (on a book or film) and translation into French– 30%
Paper 3: Speaking – 30%

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation into English and French - 40%
Paper 2: Writing : assessed on a book and a film – 30%
Paper 3: Speaking – based on individual research and themes studied–30%

Future opportunities

French will complement most other subjects for example Business Studies, Economics, Law, Geography, History, Media Studies, Sciences, or another language, French A-level offers an entry into higher education and many career opportunities including business careers, banking and finance, law, the tourist industry, work abroad, teaching, interpreting and translation work. Having French at an advanced level will make you a much more attractive prospect to future employers and opens up opportunities to work abroad.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chadwell Heath Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2017
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