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French A Level at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School

Course description

What does the course consist of?

This course will enable students to develop an advanced level knowledge and understanding of the French language, the culture of France and other francophone countries.

The four themes address a range of social issues and trends, as well as aspects of the political, intellectual and artistic culture of French and French-speaking countries.

It also focuses on aspects of society or history of France only.  Students must study either two  books, or one book and one film, from a prescribed list.


Entry requirements

What entry requirements do I need?

Grade 6 GCSE.

If a subject is oversubscribed preference will be given to those who have Grade 7.

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How is this course assessed?

The A Level consists of three exams.

Paper 1 is a Listening, Reading and Translations exam.

Paper 2 consists of two essays.

Paper 3 is a speaking paper.



Future opportunities

What could this course lead me to?

More than 200 million people speak French on five continents. It is the only language, alongside English, that is taught in every country in the world. Nowadays, more than ever, the ability to speak a language is a highly sought-after skill in the job market.  A knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world.  French is both a working and an official language of the United Nations, The European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts.  It is the language of the 3 cities where the EU institutions are headquartered. It is also the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture.


Further information

What other subjects does this course work well with?

French complements Science and Arts based A Level subjects.  It is commonly combined with other Modern Languages, Latin, English, History, Religious Studies, Mathematics, Science, Business Studies, Economics, Geography, Classical Civilisation.

Additional Information:

Pupils will have the opportunity to go on a residential trip to Paris and to complete their  work experience placement in France.  There will be ample opportunity to help with the running of the Year 7 MFL Spelling Bee, and various competitions.

Why should you study this subject?     

“Because French challenges but rewards the learner offering a varied syllabus and more current transferable skills than most other subjects.” (Curriculum Leader)

Why is this subject enjoyable to study?

“Because it is fun and challenging!  And it will help me in the job market.” (Sixth Form Student)





How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years