What Will I Study?

Aspects of French-speaking Society - Current Trends and Issues:

  • The changing nature of family;
  • The 'cyber-society';
  • The place of voluntary work;
  • Positive features of a diverse society;
  • Life for the marginalised;
  • How criminals are treated.

Artistic Culture in the French-speaking World:

  • A culture proud of its heritage;
  • Contemporary francophone music;
  • Cinema - the seventh Art form.

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.

Two works of French Literature will be studied.

Individual Research Project

Students must identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to them, which relates to a country/countries where French is spoken.

How Will I Be Assessed?

At the end of Year 13 you will sit 3 exams:

  • Paper 1 - Listening, reading and writing exam - 2 hours 30 minutes - 40% of A Level
  • Paper 2 - Writing exam on works of Literature - 2 hours - 30% of A Level
  • Oral exam - 21 - 23 minutes - 30% of A Level

Listening exams take place in language laboratories and students have control of the material so are able to pause and rewind as they wish. Speaking exams are conducted by the class teacher.

What Will I Need?

You will need a good quality dictionary, grammar guide and verb table book as well as a keen interest in languages and an ability to learn vocabulary and grammar rules.

What Can This Subject Lead To/Prepare Me For?

Students can go on to study French at University and to study or work abroad. The study of a foreign language also enhances employment prospects and provides students with an insight into another culture and society.

Entry Requirements

At least a grade 6 in French and four other GCSEs at grade 4 or above.

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