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French A Level at Sir John Lawes School

Course description

If you want to broaden your horizons and are fascinated by foreign countries, cultures and communication, then this course is for you. This course does not only provide you with the skills to be able to converse in that language, it shows your calibre as a learner, a multitasker, a communicator and strategic thinker, all of which are highly sought-after traits in the employment market. If you are able to speak a foreign language you are likely to earn 5% or more than a graduate who cannot.

A higher level qualification is an enormous asset for university applications of any discipline. It is also great fun and offers plenty of challenge. Russell Group Universities also favour candidates holding AS/A2 level qualifications in a language. Language-qualified people are becoming increasingly rare in British society, so a French A Level can really make you stand out.

You will be intellectually challenged, taught in small, friendly and supportive groups and have the opportunity to study more mature and interesting topics such as the rights of young people, family relationships and media among others. You will meet with the language assistant to discuss themes within each topic area using authentic materials and will be expected to engage in independent study. 


Course content

Reading – you will understand and extract information from the authentic sources such as magazines and newspapers.

Listening – you will extract information from sources such as new reports, interviews and discussions.

Speaking and Writing – you will write essays and hold conversations and discussions in French. You will develop your expertise in French grammar. 

Cultural Aspects – You will explore aspects of French culture, which will include studying a book and a film. You will also discuss matters arising in the French news and explore issues affecting French society.


Entry requirements

Students studying A level French would be expected to gain at least a B grade at GCSE French, as well as an APS of 4.5 or above.


The whole two-year course is assessed at the end of Year 13. You will be assessed by sitting a reading, listening and writing paper in June and during a speaking assessment with your class teacher, in May.

Further information

The A level course goes excellently alongside other A level options. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Lawes School directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017
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