French A-Level at Lancaster Girls' Grammar School
The leap from GCSE to AS can be daunting, but we start with familiar topics and gradually explore them in greater depth, often using authentic articles, adverts, films and songs. Stromae rapidly becomes a favourite and pupils compete to share the latest French hits. At A2 we discuss a wide range of subjects from nuclear power stations to capital punishment, from genetically modified crops to the role of charities in Third World development. We also study a 17th century play by Molière and, in total contrast, a modern teenage novel by Delphine de Vigan.
We do have a minimum requirement of five grade Bs or higher at GCSE. English Language (minimum Grade C) is also required. There are also entry requirements linked to most AS subjects (usually grade B or better). Admission to Year 13 is currently set at 3 grade Ds from your AS results.
Grade B GCSE, Grade A desirable
In May/June each year there is an examination in listening, reading and writing and is worth 70% of the AS Level / A2 Level (35% overall).
Between March and May there is a speaking test on all of the topics of the AS/A2 course and is conducted by a visiting examiner. It is worth 30% of the AS Level / A2 Level (15% overall).
Language graduates are increasingly sought after and a foreign language, whether spoken fluently or conversationally, can give access to a much wider range of jobs in the UK and overseas. Using your languages at work doesn’t mean being just a teacher, translator or interpreter (although these jobs make for an extremely interesting career). The Independent recently featured an article on how languages can lead to a dream job from tennis tournaments to the wine industry! You can apply language skills in an enormous range of careers because communication is an employer’s number one requirement. Here are just some of the sectors where a degree in languages is considered a great asset:
Business services, Central & Local Government, Construction-Creative and Media, Engineering, Event Management, Financial services, Hair and Beauty-Health, Medicine and Social Care, Land-based and Environmental, Law, Manufacturing - Marketing, Public services-Retail, Teaching-Technology and Computer Gaming, Translation and Interpreting, Travel and Tourism, Voluntary and Charitable sector.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster Girls' Grammar School directly.