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A-Level French at Winstanley College

Course description

Course  Content

You will develop your understanding of the French language and improve your skills in reading, listening and writing in the target language. You will be given a solid foundation of grammar and will study various tenses. The language will not be studied in isolation but through a range of current and interesting topics.

You will boost your speaking skills by regular practice both in class and in specialist speaking tutorials so that you are able to speak spontaneously on a wide range of topics.

In Year 2 you will continue to build your grasp of the language by strengthening your understanding of the concepts met in year 1, improving your range and accuracy and handling more advanced French, such as articles from quality newspapers. You will also engage in the cultural aspect by studying a French book and a French film.

You will carry on practising your spoken French in the same way as you did in year 1.

Throughout the course you will use a wide range of resources from course books to videos, from audio tracks to interactive exercises.

There are two written examinations: one testing reading, listening and writing skills and one testing your knowledge of the book and the film. There is also a short speaking examination with an external examiner.

Learning outside the classroom
There are tutorials for support and extension every Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtime with staff and A2 mentors are available when needed.
Online resources for independent study are available.
We usually organise Study Days at HOME in Manchester where Isabelle Vanderschelden from MMU delivers inspiring sessions centred around some of the latest French films.
Work experience trips with Halsbury Travel are highly encouraged and some years, the department has been able to offer a College trip to Montpellier in the south of France: an action-packed week of classes with native French teachers combined with an array of afternoon and evening excursions and activities

Why should I study French at Winstanley College?
When you enrol we’ll make sure that you’re receiving all the support you need, for example you may be entitled to extra time in your exams, you may benefit from working with a dyslexia tutor or you may simply need help with organising your time, notes and many booklets!  If you are keen to continue with French at University you will receive help with choosing which university and which course is right for you, we will support your development of interview skills, guide you to further reading or viewing, challenge you with additional discussion and inspire you with activities and trips.    Ex Winstanley students already studying this subject at university will visit and tell you the real story and we usually try and organise a visit to Manchester University’s French Department so that you can get an idea of what studying French at University level entails.

From school pupil to Winstanley student 
We strongly recommend that you achieve at least a grade 7 in French at GCSE to be able to cope with the demands of A Level. You should be prepared to tackle grammar, learn a wide range of vocabulary as well as the different tenses, work hard both in class and independently but most of all immerse yourself in French culture and language and enjoy your studies!  

Where are they now? 
Liam Bale
Liam studied Maths, French, Physics and Chemistry at both AS and A2 level then went on to study "Chemical Engineering with a Year Abroad MEng" at Imperial College, London. He spent his 4th year studying abroad at INP-ENSIACET in Toulouse, France then completed a "stage de fin d'études" with ExxonMobil in La Défense, Paris, working in Logistics.  Upon graduation Liam started his career with ExxonMobil in the UK, working in Gas and Power Marketing as an Analyst.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years