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French AS/A Level at South Holderness Technology College

Course description

Knowing French will make you a sought after candidate in the job market as employers will recognise in you someone who has good communication skills, who is curious and open to different ideas and cultures.

You will immerse yourself in various forms of literature and media to better understand the subject.

A French ‘A’ level could also act as a foundation for further study, on its own or combined with other subjects as varied as Russian, Linguistics, Business Studies or even Medicine.

Course content

• Social Issues and Trends in the French speaking world 9 including French speaking countries in the world. • Aspects of French speaking society : current trends • Aspects of French speaking society : current issues. • Political and artistic culture • Grammar : verbs and tenses, negative structures, comparative and superlatives, pronouns, subordinate clauses, adjectives, connectives, word order issues • Aspects of political life in the French speaking world. • Literary texts and films : students can study either one film and one literary work ( list available from AQA website and MFL) or two literary works. • Individual research project : a research based on a subject or key question of the students’ interests. All topics can be related to the topics mentioned above but must be different for each individual and different from the literary works or films chosen.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A-C grade including Maths and English

A minimum of a B grade at GCSE will be expected for students who wish to study French at A Level from 2016


Paper one : Listening, reading and writing : 2hrs30 minutes, 40% of the A Level grade. Grammar is an integral part of this paper.

Paper two : Writing : the literary works : books or film from the French speaking world. 2 hrs, 30 % of the A level grade.

Paper three : Speaking : individual research project : 21-23 minutes ( including 5 minutes preparation time ), 30 % of A level grade.

Future opportunities

Many of our students continue to study French at university combine French with other languages. French provides an opportunity to live and work abroad.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Holderness Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years