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French A level at Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School

Course description

The course will enable students to: 

  • develop and build on the skills acquired at GCSE
  • enhance employment prospects 
  • facilitate foreign travel 
  • gain an insight into another culture and society 
  • gain a sound basis for further study, due to the film and literature focus 

Course content

Aspects of French-speaking society: Current trends 

  • The changing nature of family.  
  • The 'cyber society. 
  • The place of voluntary work. 
Artistic culture in the French-speaking world 
  • A culture proud of its heritage. 
  • Contemporary francophone music. 
  • Cinema: the 7th art form 
Literary Texts and Films 
  • L'etranger
  • La Haine 
A-level students will study the grammatical system and structure of the language. The end of course exams will test their use of accurate grammar and structures appropriate to the tasks set, drawing from the lists in the specification. 

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE French 


Paper 1:  
Listening, reading and writing, translation into English, translation into French.
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes; 100 marks; 50% of A-level. 
Paper 2; 
Writing: Two books from the list of set texts in the specification or one book from the list of set texts and one film from the list in the specification.
Written exam: 2 hours; 80 marks; 20% of A-level. 
Paper 3:  
Speaking: Individual research project; Knowledge of one of the sub-themes
Speaking test: 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes' preparation time at the start of the test); 60 marks; 30% of the A-level. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 24 November 2016
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