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French A Level at Darrick Wood School

Course description

During this two-year course, you will study two authentic French language resources (a text and a film) and will study aspects of the contemporary societies, cultural backgrounds and heritages of French-speaking countries. You will also have opportunities to develop your understanding and awareness of spiritual, moral, ethical, environmental, health and political issues.
You will extend and develop your knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary of French and will use this to speak, write, read and listen to the language.
In addition, you will also be able to equip yourself with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable you to proceed to further study or to employment.

Course content

A Level Themes
Theme 1 - Social issues and trends: Evolving society in France
 Changing family structures
 Education
 The world of work
Theme 2 – Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture Francophone countries
 Music
 Media
 Festivals and traditions
Theme 3 – Social issues and trends: Immigration and the French multicultural society
 Integration and multiculturalism
 Rise of the far right
Theme 4 – Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture: The Occupation and Resistance
 Occupation
 The Resistance

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE French
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics


Unit 1 - Listening, reading and translation
(40% of A level)
Unit 2 - Writing and translation
(30% of A level)
Unit 3 - Speaking
(30% of A level)

Future opportunities

As it is spoken as a first language by more people than any other language across Europe being able to communicate in French can enhance any career. Speaking French is also of great social value in business and tourism as well as being a requirement for many jobs in export/import, financial services, secretarial work, tourism and teaching. In addition, there is a need for specialist interpreters and translators.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darrick Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 20 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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