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French

Entry Criteria

  • 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

Examination Board

 

Teaching Staff

  • 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?

Year 12

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.

Year 13

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.