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French, AS/A2 at Christ The King College

Course description

French is a language widely spoken in the world. The AS course covers the four practical skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and looks at a wide range of topics with personal, community and global focus and relevance.
You will develop the comprehension skills used at GCSE with longer and more complex pieces of spoken and written French. You will need to summarise the key points of spoken and written texts, and identify the nuances of meaning
that a more complex text contains. You will be required to both speak and write at a higher level than the GCSE and at greater length. You will be engaged in group and discussion work as well as independent study.


Course content

The AS course covers 4 main topics: Media (television, advertising and communication technology); Popular Culture (cinema, music and fashion/trends); Healthy Living/Lifestyle (sport/exercise, health & well-being and holidays);
Family/Relationships (relationships within the family, friendships and marriage/partnerships).
The A2 course covers 3 main topics: Environment (pollution, energy and protecting the planet); The Multicultural Society (immigration, integration and racism); Contemporary Social Issues (wealth & poverty, law & order and impact of scientific and technological progress). There is also a requirement to study two cultural topics, such as an author,
painter or poet from a French-speaking community, a period of history in a French-speaking country, or research focussing on the French-speaking country itself.

Entry requirements

Those considering this course should have a Grade B or above at French GCSE, as well as a Grade C or above in English GCSE.


For AS French, there are two examinations: a 2 hour Listening, Reading & Writing paper in May and a speaking test in April.
For A2 there is a 2 ½ hour Listening, Reading & Writing paper in June and a speaking test in April.
There is no coursework.

Future opportunities

The AS qualification gives formal recognition of the many comprehension skills and productive skills students have learned. In the 21st century global market. Many private businesses and public sector jobs have contact with non English-speaking people or organisations. An AS or A level in a language opens many opportunities for work or study both in the UK or abroad, not just in language-focussed jobs such as translating or teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 22 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years