What does the course involve?

Year 12 topics are Year 13 topics are
      • The changing nature of family (La famille en voie de changement)
      • The 'cyber-society' (La « cyber-société »)
      • The place of voluntary work (Le rôle du bénévolat)
      • A culture proud of its heritage (Une culture fière de son patrimoine)
      • Contemporary francophone music (La musique francophone contemporaine)
      • Cinema: the 7th art form (Cinéma : le septième art)

We will study the film “Au Revoir les Enfants”

    • Positive features of a diverse society (Les aspects positifs d'une société diverse)
    • Life for the marginalised (Quelle vie pour les marginalisés ? )
    • How criminals are treated (Comment on traite les criminels)
    • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment (Les ados, le droit de vote et l'engagement politique)
    • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power? (Manifestations, grèves – à qui le pouvoir ? )
    • Politics and immigration (La politique et l'immigration)

We will also study the text “No et Moi” and students will undertake an Individual Research Project

 How will you learn?
In lessons, we look at the above topics from different angles and learn how to express our thoughts about them in French. In doing so, we learn a lot about the culture, history and traditions of French-speaking countries. Students will be involved in a range of listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. A development of grammatical knowledge throughout the course will enable students to express themselves more accurately, fluently and with more complexity. Independent study is also important. Please also speak to a member of the French department the school’s Open Evening

What exams and coursework are involved?

The A Level exam comprises
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing (including translation into and out of French)
Paper 2: Writing Exam (one essay on the set film, one essay on the set text)
Paper 3: Speaking Exam (discussion of one of the above 12 topics and the Independent Research Project)

What are the entry requirements?
Grade 6 in French.

What could you do after completing the course?
An A level in French can lead of course to study French at University level. Languages can be combined with almost anything and new ones started from scratch. Other possibilities are the fields of travel and tourism, translating, teaching, journalism and linking languages with business. The need for a skill combined with the ability to speak a language is increasingly in demand in many types of employment such as the Civil Service, Law, Accountancy, Hotel and Catering. Britain is desperately short of well qualified graduates with language skills. Employment opportunities for those who study a language, especially when combined with something else, are very good.

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