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French A level at Wilberforce College

Course description

This is an academic course which will help you learn about the French language and culture. Learning French will open many doors to you as more and more employers are seeking candidates who are not necessarily bilingual but have a sound written and spoken knowledge of the French language.

Combining the French language with another subject such as Business, Law or History (to name just a few) will enable you to access a wider choice regarding your career as employers hugely value linguistic skills. On a personal level, it will enable you to reflect on your own language and culture; and hopefully make you a more open-minded individual as a result.

Another relevant point is also the fact that not many native English speakers can actually use a foreign language, making you therefore a lot more special and highly employable. So dare to be different!

Course content

The subject content of the course can be divided into three sections:

  1. Social issues and trends.
    You will study the following in relation to at least one French speaking country:
    Aspects of French speaking society - current trends - the changing nature of family, the cyber-society, the place of voluntary work.
    Aspects of French speaking society - current issues - positive features of a diverse society, life for the marginalised, how criminals are treated.
  2. Political and artistic culture.
    You will study the following themes:
    Artistic culture in the French speaking world - a culture proud of its heritage, contemporary francophone music, cinema.
    Aspects of political life in the French speaking world - teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment, demonstrations, strikes, politics and immigration.
  3. Literacy texts and films.
    You will study either one text and one film or two texts from a given list.

Entry requirements

Five A* - C grades at GCSE including a minimum of grade C in GCSE French and English.


This linear A Level course is a 100% examination based qualification with no coursework to complete. The final grade is determined as a result of taking three examinations at the end of the second year. These examinations cover all the content that you have covered over the two years of study. The examinations themselves are as follows:

Paper 1:  Listening, reading and writing. 2.5 hours in length. 40% of the A Level marks.

Paper 2:  Writing. 2 hours. 30% of the A Level marks.

Paper 3:  Speaking. 25 minutes. 30 % of the A Level marks.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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