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French (A level linear – No AS examinations) at Gumley House Convent School

Course description

Your passion and interest in the French Language and culture will be deepened as you study a wide variety of interesting and relevant topics which relate to young people and modern society. 

The course is taught interactively, you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills through a wide variety of different mediums such as video, TV internet research and music. As well as topic based lessons you will have lesson time in the languages lab to help with listening. You will have weekly grammar lessons and you will have an Assistant to help you with speaking both individually and in small groups.  During the course you will have the opportunity to go on a work experience placement in France.

You will develop the skills of analysis, presentation and communication throughout this course. 

You will enjoy this course if: 

  • you have a passion for languages and want to learn more
  • you are motivated to spend time watching films, reading newspapers and learning more about French culture and society. 

Languages are all about communication and so if you enjoy travelling and meeting new people you will definitely enjoy studying a language. 

Course content

You will study aspects of society, political life, artistic culture and current trends. In addition you will complete a film study in the first year of the course and a book study in the second year of the course. For the speaking element of the qualification you will complete an individual research project that will be presented orally.

You will be set 5 hours private study/ homework per week and you will be expected to keep up to date with current affairs in France and internationally. 

Entry requirements

English & Mathematics at level 5 and three different subjects at a minimum of grade C. At least a grade B in French at GCSE level.


Internally you will have milestones assessments every 6 weeks and regular speaking practice in class where you will assess each other using mark schemes.

Externally at the end of the course you will have three papers :

Paper 1 :- Listening, reading and writing -

External written examination 50% of A level

Paper 2 :- Writing

External written examination 20% of A level

Paper 3 :- Speaking

Oral examination 30% of A level


Financial information

Possible work experience placement in France.

Future opportunities

 In today's European society speaking another language opens doors to new cultures, friendships, travel and, perhaps most importantly, jobs. In the future you will be competing for jobs on a European level and your knowledge of another language and culture will really make you stand out! Students who have studied a language at A level go on to have careers in a variety of sectors including teaching, translating, sales and marketing, travel and tourism, journalism, fashion, art and design, banking and interpreting. 

Students with high level of fluency will be encourage to take the DELF ( Diplome d’Etudes en Langue Française) at the French institute in South Kensington.

The B2 international proficiency level being aimed for to enter Universities in France and work in French speaking countries.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us or ask your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gumley House Convent School directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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    • The main entrance to the School is via Gumley Gardens off  St John's Road.

      The School is close to a number of bus routes- 267, 237, 235,117 and H37.

      There is limited parking in the school during school hours. There is metered street parking in South Street (off Twickenham Road).