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French at Prospect School

Course description

French at A-level builds on the knowledge and understanding acquired at GCSE. It is a demanding course for those who enjoy learning other languages and who can confidently express themselves both orally and in writing.
French at A-level will allow students to deepen their understanding of life in countries where the language is spoken. It also lends itself perfectly to cross curricular links with many other A-level courses.

Course content

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 French-speaking 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.

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English at grade 5 or above
  • GCSE French at grade C or above
  • Three other GCSE grades at grade C or above


  • 70% Written examination
  • 30% Oral examination

Future opportunities

An A-level language qualification is a strong asset for careers such as leisure and tourism, marketing, retail, publishing, engineering or translating. Many companies actively seek applicants with language skills. Should you wish to study a language (e.g. Russian, Japanese) at degree level, an A Level in a foreign language is an essential entry requirement.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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    • At Prospect we are committed to continuous improvement and the raising of educational standards. As a Specialist College in Sports and ICT we aim to build on our current successful practice of developing young people who are physically, emotionally and educationally healthy. The concept of ‘personal best’ is used to develop students who are determined to succeed with whatever academic, sporting or personal goal they set. We are very proud to be able to offer the widest range of learning options of any school in Reading, backed up by an excellent welfare structure. We encourage and project an ethos of mutual respect and support where the diversity of people’s backgrounds is used to enrich our community and everyone is treated with equal value and care. Staff are committed to working in partnership with students and parents to widen perspectives, raise expectations, give encouragement, offer guidance and help every child achieve their personal best. We celebrate and recognise all types of achievement to build self-belief and self-esteem and to create an enjoyable and rewarding learning atmosphere. We are rightly proud of our school and students and aim to give you a flavour of what we have to offer, but in order to fully appreciate for yourself the fantastic facilities and opportunities, I would encourage you to visit us to see the school in action for yourself.