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French - A Level at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre

Course description

New linear A level 

Course content

A level French helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in French and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context. This four-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to write and speak in French with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes and to understand written or spoken French in a variety of contexts and genres.

Topics studied include:

• Social issues and trends

• Political and artistic culture

• Grammar

• Works: Literary texts and films

Entry requirements

B grade or above in GCSE French.

C grade or above in GCSE English.


Three examinations:

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (40%)

Paper 2: Writing (30%)

Paper 3: Speaking (30%)

Future opportunities

Many students who take languages at A level go on to university due to the academic nature of the programme. Languages can be studied as a major or a minor part of a degree programme and can lead to a wide range of courses and professions, for example: interpreting, translating, working in public and private businesses, law, engineering, politics, computing, travel and tourism, teaching and journalism. Languages in general offer the ability to improve career paths or employability.

Further information

What skills do I need to develop to be successful on this course?

Employers often require an understanding of other cultures, good oral communication skills and the discipline, work ethic and effectiveness that the acquisition of language skills clearly demonstrates. A level Languages share a common set of modules aimed at reinforcing the development of professional skills. These include those necessary for:

• Further study (for example, research skills).

• Personal development (critical and self-reflexive thinking).

• To be successful in the world of work, for example: self-organisation and time-management, synthesis and analysis, written and verbal communication, practical application, team-working and independent initiative.

What other subjects compliment A Level French?

Languages combine well with all subjects, but are commonly chosen with another modern foreign language, business, economics, English, law, physical science (students often benefit from language study in view of the increasingly competitive international scientific community), social sciences.

How will I be taught?

Students are taught in a department of committed staff who have many years’ experience in leading students to A level success in modern foreign languages. They can expect well-structured lessons in which previous understanding in evaluated through oral discussion and debates, quizzes, games and timed essays. Students will work individually and in groups, sometimes completing listening, reading, written and oral tasks and at other times preparing class presentations, podcasts or videos. Students can expect plenty of discussion and debate. Students are expected to be proactive in taking notes as new vocabulary and linguistic concepts are explored. At home students must complete independent study daily, this may include learning vocabulary, verb forms, watching television, listening to the radio and reading newspapers, books and magazine articles in the target language.

Student Testimonial, why study A Level French?

If you are looking for a diverse and engaging A level option, then studying languages is for you! You will develop invaluable skills that compliment and aid your progress in other subjects - communication skills, analytical thinking and the ability to work independently. The great thing about languages is that they encompass so much, one day you could be learning about the debate surrounding immigration and the next looking at the French fashion industry. What’s more, languages students are sought after by universities and employers and the careers options are endless. From translation and interpreting, to business and marketing, to teaching and even careers abroad! Whatever path you eventually take, there is no doubt that studying languages will give you the edge. Amelia Wilkinson, Radhika Ganesan and Lydia Silverton

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lordswood Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2015
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