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The course begins by gradually building confidence in spoken and written French through the study of a wide variety of aspects of modern French life and culture. Students study internet, written press, radio and TV reports and discuss ideas and contemporary issues while acquiring a broad vocabulary. All students have weekly intensive language work with the French assistant and are also expected to undertake listening exercises and vocabulary learning at home as well as preparation and consolidation work. There is also the opportunity to spend time in France on a study tour.

This course content is divided as follows: 
Core content: 
1 Social issues and trends
2 Political and artistic culture
3 Grammar

4 Works: literary texts and films

Exam board: AQA

Essential Entry Requirements: Standard Sixth Form requirements to include grade 6 or above in GCSE French.

French Pre-Course Material


Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing – 50% of the A Level
Paper 2: Writing – 20% of the A Level
Paper 3: Speaking – 30% of the A Level

Extra-Curricular opportunities

Paired speaking practice with the French language assistant.
French cinema – film visit
Study tour to France (Bordeaux region)

Additional Costs

We provide:  In class access to:-

Kerboodle:  Online access to the course text for A Level Year 1 (Yr12) to include online copy of the textbook, all sound files for listening activities and interactive tasks.

Kerboodle:  Online access to the course text for A Level Year 2 (Yr13) to include online copy of the text book, all sound files for listening activities and interactive tasks.

Selected photocopies of key documents.

If you want a hard copy of the textbook these will need to be purchased.

Other costs:  To be met by students

Collins Gem French verb tables £4.54 (New)

Le Silence de la mer (French) Paperback £5.55 (New)

Advanced French Vocabulary 2nd Edition £15.99 (New) – (optional)

Collins Robert French Dictionary Complete and Unabridged: For advanced learners and professionals (Collins Dictionaries) £26.00 (optional but recommended. Free online dictionaries may suffice.)

All of the above may be purchased online second hand at reduced cost.

We normally arrange a language study visit to France of one week’s duration. In the past this has been to Bordeaux in south west France but is subject to a potential change of destination. Approx. cost £650. (Optional but very highly recommended).