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French A-level at The Oakes College (Netherhall School)

Course description

If you have a talent for learning languages, then studying A-level French will provide you with all the benefits of exploring your linguistic skills and cultural opportunities for your future career and academic life.

Your key learning topics in the first year are: Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living/Lifestyle and Family/ Relationships. The common thread amongst these is discovering how people speak at a personal level and what their individual views are on these everyday topics. In the second year you will study another four topics – Environment, the Multicultural Society, Contemporary Social Issues and 

In addition, the course will also help you to gain a deeper insight into the French culture and French society from 17th century to present day. What a great opportunity to study French films and literature!  The language department will support you and assist you in your research and will guarantee a positive learning experience.

Course content

The course is linear and will involve the following topics:

Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

  • La famille en voie de changement
  • La cyber-société
  • Le rôle du bénévolat

Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

  • Les aspects positifs d'une société diverse 
  • Quelle vie pour les marginalisés?
  • Comment on traite les criminels

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

  • Une culture fière de son patrimoine culturel
  • Cinéma – le septième art
  • La musique francophone contemporaine

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

  • Les ados, le droit de vote et l'engagement politique
  • Manifestations, grèves – à qui le pouvoir?
  • La politique et l'immigration


In addition, you will study literary texts and/or film.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at either grades 9-4 or grades A*-C in an appropriate range of subjects, including Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above.

The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.

Where a student continues on to an A-Level from a GCSE subject, it is advisable for a student to have a minimum of a grade 6 or grade B.


Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing

Written exam: 2 hours 30 min (50%)

Paper 2: Writing

Written exam: 2 hours (20%)

Paper 3: Speaking

Oral exam: 21-23 min (30%)

Future opportunities

Besides the travel and work opportunities, many courses at university will offer you the possibility to combine the knowledge and skills acquired in your French A-level with other subjects, such as Philosophy, Theatre, Literature or Business.


Further information

Contact Mrs M Gill for futher information:

Delivery:  Full-time

Open Evening:  16 October 2018

Application Deadline:  15 January 2019

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: 27 September 2018
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