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A Level French at The John of Gaunt School

Course description

For those with linguistic ability and an interest in other countries and cultures, this course will take you beyond the realms of simply getting by abroad and will encourage you to learn about issues relevant to France and Francophone countries.

You will learn how to extend your language to a more sophisticated level and take those extra steps towards fluency. By the end of the course you should have a greater understanding of the history, culture, geography and current affairs of French-speaking countries, as well as greater competence and confidence in the language.

Course content

Unit 1 and Unit 2
General topics to be covered over the AS course include:


  • Media (TV, advertising, communication technology)
  • Popular Culture (cinema, music, fashion)
  • Healthy Living (sport, health, holidays)
  • Family and Relationships (relationships within the family, friendships, marriage and partnerships)

Alongside the topics grammar will be taught and reinforced.

General topics to be covered over the A2 course include:

Unit 3 and Unit 4

  • Environment (pollution, energy, protecting the planet)
  • The multicultural society (immigration, integration, racism)
  • Contemporary social issues (wealth and poverty, law and order, science and technology)
  • Cultural topics (e.g. cinema, literature, study of a region).

Alongside the topics grammar will be taught and reinforced.


AS Level and A Level – AQA

You will be assessed in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) via terminal examinations in the summer of your AS year and again in the summer of your A2 year.

Future opportunities

An A Level in French will enable you to study a whole variety of degree subjects at university, ranging from a traditional French language course that may include elements such as Linguistics, European Studies, Politics, Economics, Literature or Translating, through to vocational courses such as Engineering with French or Law with French.

You could also choose to embark on a course in which you study a new language from scratch, such as Chinese or Swedish, or move away from Modern Languages into the study of Classics (Latin and Greek).

Outside academia, employees with the ability to communicate in another language are in high demand, in any number of industries. By offering A Level in a language you are opening many professional opportunities for yourself in terms of career progression, travel and variety.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The John of Gaunt School directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

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