- Average Point Score: 5.5
- English Language GCSE Grade 4
- Grade 5 in this subject at GCSE – and a recommendation from your Language teachers required
- To have a better chance of succeeding a Grade 6 at GCSE is recommended
- Mrs Hegarty
- Mrs Gadsby
- Mrs Clotuche
France is home to prestigious art, music, dance, fashion, cuisine and cinema. This makes French a culturally signiﬁcant language and French literature is one of the richest and most inﬂuential in the modern European world. The knowledge of French can open doors to important research, and careers in the ﬁelds of medicine, the environment, business, engineering and science and technology. French is one of the world’s major international languages: it is spoken by over 200 million people in 43 countries, on ﬁve continents. So wherever your future career choice takes you, studying French will give you an advantage.
Studying French at A Level will give you every opportunity to:
- Develop the knowledge and skills you acquired at GSCE Level and therefore use French in a wide range of contexts
- Gain a useful insight into another culture and reﬂect on various aspects of contemporary society
- Enhance your employment prospects, facilitate your foreign travel and have the enjoyment of using your linguistic skills
Languages are universally useful and you can combine French with any subject. Learning a foreign language improves your skills of analysis and interpretation and this can complement all your studies. As more and more companies work closely with businesses in other countries, many kinds of workers will be needed who can communicate in different languages and understand other cultures. No matter what career you choose, if you have learned a second language, you will have a real advantage.
What will I study?
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
You will also study the film La Haine by the director Mathieu Kassovitz.
Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
- Positive features of a diverse society
- Life for the marginalised
- How criminals are treated
Aspects of Political Life in the French-Speaking World
- Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
- Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power
- Politics and immigration
You will also study the novel No et Moi written by Delphine de Vigan and prepare your independent research project; a project on a topic of your choice related to the French-Speaking world.