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French AS & A Level at Banbury Academy

Course description

This will be a brand new course which will develop your skills in a variety of ways. You will increase your knowledge of the French‐speaking world in terms of its cultural, literary and social context. You will learn to be accurate (through the study of grammar) and articulate (through the learning of extensive new vocabulary). You will be discussing and presenting complex facts, ideas and opinions in both writing and speaking. You will develop a good understanding of the language and will manipulate it to become an independent, confident linguist.

Course content

This is likely to include the following topics and themes

  • Current trends and issues in the French‐speaking world (e.g. family, stereotypes, equality, communication technology, law and order, education and work)
  • Artistic culture in the French‐speaking world: (e.g. media, television, film and music, festivals and traditions)
  • Aspects of political life in the French‐speaking world: (e.g. political systems and impact of politics on the individual and society) Grammar
  • Works: Literary texts & films as per the list prescribed by the exam board. Individual research project: based on an aspect of French‐speaking society (for the speaking exam)

Entry requirements

Grade B or above at GCSE (Higher tier papers in the Listening and Reading exams)   We also recommend that you will have achieved a Grade B or above in English. This is an important requirement due to the literary content of this new course. 


There will be 3 exam papers:

  1. Listening, reading & writing / translation paper (worth 40% of the overall grade)
  2. Writing (worth 30% of the overall grade) Essay writing in French based on literary texts and films studied and translation.
  3. Speaking (worth 30% of the overall grade)  

Future opportunities

A successful student of A level languages would be fully prepared to study a BA in Modern Languages at university. This may be the one(s) you have studied to A level or perhaps a new one, such as Arabic, Russian or Mandarin. Doing a languages degree gives you the fantastic opportunity to spend up to a year abroad in order to really hone your linguistic skills and to gain a deeper understanding of the culture. Alternatively, you may wish to specialise in another subject after A levels. Taking subsidiary modules in a language will complement any degree subject from the sciences, to humanities to the arts. Studying a foreign language to either A level or degree level can lead to so many varied and perhaps surprising career opportunities. The most obvious language specific careers are interpreting, translation and teaching. However, employers from so many more fields are seeking employees who are able to demonstrate good linguistic skills in their daily work. Examples are as follows:

  • Media and publishing
  • Business, consulting and management (working with international clients and managing global business connections)
  • Marketing, advertising and PR
  • Public service

Remember, having a languages qualification can really set you apart from others when applying for jobs and can also lead to you earning more money than an employee without language skills. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

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