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French AS Level at Lady Hawkins' High School

Course description

AS Level Syllabus: WJEC

Travel – so the saying goes – broadens the mind, and never more so than when you can speak the language. That way you’ll be able to find out what the local people are thinking, how they live . . . and how their culture really works.

Why study French? What do these famous people all have in common? Eddie Izzard, Queen Elizabeth II, Mick Jagger, Kylie Minogue, Boris Johnson, Jonny Wilkinson, Sting, Matthew Perry, Johnny Depp – and hundreds of other “cool” people. Yes, they all speak French fluently! French is spoken from North American to South East Asia, via Europe and Africa. There are 113 million people who use French all the time and another 61 million who can use it, not to mention 100 million people who are learning French!

What key skills will I learn on this course?

The course helps students develop a number of skills, including:

  • Developing and building on skills learned at GCSE
  • Gaining an insight into another culture and society
  • Communicating facts and ideas in both speech and writing
  • Learning to understand a huge variety of written and spoken sources

What kind of student is this course suitable for?

This course will appeal to students who:

  • Are good at languages
  • Are interested in communication
  • Enjoy learning about other cultures and ways of life
  • Are interested in the business world, in travel or tourism

What opportunities may I have beyond the classroom?

  • Trips to the cinema to see French films

Course content

Two topic areas are covered in each year:

  • Political, intellectual and artistic culture

AS level

Social issues and trends:

  • Being a young person in French-speaking society: Families and citizenship; youth trends and person identity; Education and employment opportunities.

Political, intellectual and artistic culture:

  • Understanding the French-speaking world: Regional culture and heritage in France; Media, art, film and music.

Entry requirements

Those students who wish to study a Level 3 course will need a good GCSE Grade (B or above). Level 2 courses can be offered to those who have not met this.


AS Level

Unit 1: 

Oral — Discussion on two of the contemporary topics covered. 30% of AS Level marks.

Unit 2: 

Listening, Reading and Translation of a short passage based on the two areas of interest covered. Written exam (2 hours) 50% of AS Level marks.

Unit 3: 

Writing an essay on one literary work/film studied. Written exam (1 hour 15 minutes) 20% of AS Level.

Financial information

Financial Assistance

Herefordshire Council expects sixth form students to pay £270 per term for transport to sixth form. There is a 16-19 Bursary Fund which may give some students financial support. Please contact the school for further information.

For eligible students, the Bursary Fund can provide financial assistance to young people whose access to, or completion of education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. The fund can help towards the cost of essential course-related costs such as travel to sixth form, equipment, books and educational visits including to university open days or interviews.


EMA is for 16 to 18 year olds living in Wales, who want to continue their education after school leaving age. If you’re eligible, you could get £30 a week, paid every two weeks.

You don’t need to study in Wales to get EMA. As long as you live in Wales and you meet the criteria then you can apply for EMA.

You must adhere to the learning contract in order to receive the payments. Failure to attend lessons and/or registrations will result in no payment for the corresponding week.

For further information, contact Lady Hawkins’ School or Student Finance Wales.


Future opportunities

As economic ties with Europe grow stronger, Modern Languages qualifications are becoming increasingly sought after in the commercial world. A Modern Language leads to a wide range of career options, such as:

  • Business
  • Banking/Finance
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Public Relations
  • Travel
  • Civil Service

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lady Hawkins' High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 December 2017

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