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French A level at Highworth Grammar School

Course description

The following topic areas are covered through oral, listening and written communication:
1:Changes in French society
(Set in the context of France only)
• Changes in family structures; Education; World of work
2:Artistic and political culture in French speaking countries
(Set in the context of francophone countries and communities)
• Music; Media; Festivals
3:Immigration and multi-cultural French society
(Set in the context of France only)
• Integration and multiculturalism; Rise of the Far Right
4:Occupation; Resistance
(Set in the context of France only)
Alongside these themes, we will also be studying some works of French literature and film.
During the course, students will be expected to attend regular oral lessons with the Foreign Language Assistant and participate in the departmental programme of visits and exchanges.
You will be encouraged to read the French newspaper magazine ‘Phosphore’ so that you can develop your understanding of French current affairs. You will have the opportunity to explore French culture, for instance watching French films and researching current issues on the internet using our laptops.

Entry requirements

It is highly recommended that you have Grade 6 or above in GCSE French. You also need to have grasped the tenses studied at GCSE: the past, present, future and conditional. Above all, you must show an ability to express your views confidently and you should enjoy communicating in French and be interested in finding out more about French culture.


Unit 1: Listening, reading and translation
• Short tasks testing receptive skills
• (1 hour 50 minutes) 40%
Unit 2: Writing
• Translation and essay writing skills, focusing on two works of French literature and/or film
• (2 hours 40 minutes) 30%
Unit 3: Speaking
• Responding to questions on the above themes and an independent research project
• (Approximately 20 minutes) 30%

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September