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French GCE A Level (Marple Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

French is the study of the language and culture of France and the French-speaking world. During the course, you will build up your confidence and competence in the language and extend your knowledge of French literature and civilisation. Much of the work involves discussion and debate on important issues of interest to students.

Course content

A Level (year two)

Unit Three

FN3 - Oral (40%)

The basis of this unit is the development of debating skills and the ability to present, justify and defend a clear stance on an issue.  In the examination you will respond to a textual stimulus to discuss with the examiner.  You will also study French films for an exposé and discussion on your chosen film.

Unit Four

FN4 - Listening, Reading, Writing (60%)

This unit enables you to develop advanced-level writing skills, which will be demonstrated through discursive essays.  Topics include questions of current interest such as the environment, world wealth and poverty, immigration and social issues.  You will also study literature and civilisation, particularly selected texts and films.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum Grade B at GCSE. In addition, there are weekly support sessions available to all students throughout the year to help with the transition from GCSE to AS Level.


Assessment is by examination at the end of the year.

Future opportunities

HE courses allow you to study French as part of a traditional Modern Languages degree, or you can take a language combined with subjects as diverse as Chemistry, Computer Science, Law or Marketing.

Career options are many and varied for those who are fluent in one or more languages.  Our exam results at A Level are excellent and there is a good tradition of Oxbridge entry.  There is always plenty going on for those who want to get involved!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years