Students who have enjoyed studying French to GCSE and have a passion for further study will have the opportunity to extend all language related skills. They should have an interest in the culture of French speaking countries, and will be able to study examples of French film and literature. By the end of the course students can expect to reach a high level of fluency in the language.
Students study four major themes; these are Social Issues and Trends, Political, Intellectual and Artistic Culture, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and the Occupation and the Resistance.
Vocabulary and grammar are studied systematically using our main course book Edexcel A-level French, which ise supplemented by material from other sources, and a dedicated grammar book. Personal research is an essential element of the course, and we have a wide range of materials in the French department and the library, as well as actively encouraging students to use the Internet and Social Media to enhance their skills. Students benefit greatly from time spent with the Assistant, where they have the opportunity to prepare thoroughly for the speaking exam in groups of two or three.
Method of Assessment
The A Level course is assessed at the end of two years by the following means:
Paper 1 – Listening, reading and translation 40% of total marks
Paper 2 – Written response to works and translation 30% of total marks
Paper 3 – Speaking including the presentation 30% of total marks
of the student’s independent research project.
A wide range of skills developed through studying French at this high level, enable students to carry on with French at University, either by following a languages degree course or by combining it with another subject such as law, banking, business studies, tourism, engineering or politics. Others have found their language skills advantageous when seeking employment. Languages are particularly useful in areas linked with international business and recent research in the job market shows that language graduates have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the UK, and the highest average salaries.