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French A Level at PETROC

Course description

In a globalised world, language skills are in demand. French is one of the main languages used by the UN. This course will centre upon the key areas of speaking, listening, reading, writing and translation by developing your understanding of culture and society in French-speaking countries and you may have the opportunity to practise your French in France.

Course content

At AS Level, you will explore changes in French society in families, work and education, as well as French culture including music, the media and traditions to help refine your French communication skills. As part of your studies, you will read a famous French text and watch French directed films like Les Choristes and Chocolat.
In the second year, you will cover thought-provoking topics like the positive impact of immigration and the rise of the Front National party. You will also explore the effect of occupation in World War II, including Vichy France and The Resistance and study more French films and literature too. There will be two final written exams including translation work and oral exams with a presentation of your choice and discussions on the set themes.

The course is varied, lively and enjoyable. There are opportunities for debates and discussions on topical issues which are in the news, and to travel to France and discover a new way of life. The course helps you to communicate with young people from other countries, it broadens your general knowledge and will improve your understanding of life and people. Studying French will also give you a better perception of your own language and its intricacies.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto a two-year A Level programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 5 in GCSE Maths and a grade 5 in GCSE English Language, as well as at least 3 other GCSEs at grade C or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade B; these are detailed in this prospectus and on the Petroc website.
Continuation onto Year 2 of the A2 programme will be dependent on achieving at least a grade D at AS in the subjects being continued to A2.

Grade B or above in French.


The A Level qualification is made up of two mandatory units at AS Level and two further mandatory units at A2 Level.
The AS Level qualification can be taken as a stand alone qualification or as the first half of an A Level.

AS Level Assessment
Unit 1: Speaking test (role play and topic discussion) - 30% 
Unit 2: Listening, reading and writing paper - 70% 

A2 Level Assessment
Unit 3: Speaking test (discussion of article and topic discussion) - 30%
Unit 4: Listening, reading and writing paper including an extended essay - 70%

Future opportunities

You may decide to continue with languages at university by studying French at degree level or combine it with another foreign language, English, law, business and management, media or for use in your future career.

Further information

Facilities available to students include:

  • The language laboratory for listening and speaking practice, for researching on French websites or listening to French news coverage. 
  • Access to a range of French newspapers and publications.
  • Access to a range of French films, music and songs. 
  • Use of grammar books and dictionaries in the library as well as the department.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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