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We aim to help you become a confident French speaker with an interest in all aspects of French life. During your course you will: Develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills; expand your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar so that you can express ideas and arguments forcefully and accurately; learn new skills; learn about culture and topical issues in French-speaking countries.

What will I study?

All girls will have the opportunity to take AS and A2 in this subject.

AS level: You will explore some of the current trends in French-speaking countries such as the changing nature of family, the 'cyber-society' and the place of voluntary work. You will gain an insight and appreciation of the artistic culture of the French-speaking world including its music and cinema. You will study the film ‘Un long dimanche de fiançailles’ by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

A2 level: You will consider current issues and aspects of political life which affect the French-speaking society such as immigration and law and order. You will study the novel ‘No et moi’ by Delphine de Vigan and complete an individual research project. 

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translation (into English) worth 45% of AS
Paper 2: Writing: Translation (into French) and an essay based on the study of a film worth 25% of AS
Paper 3: Speaking worth 30% of AS

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translations (into English and French) worth 50% of A Level
Paper 2: Writing: 2 essays based on the study of a film and a book worth 20% of A Level
Paper 3: Speaking worth 30% of AS

Desirable requirements

You should have a keen interest in French and be willing to get involved with the life of the department. You should enjoy communicating in the language and undertaking independent work in order to consolidate and extend your knowledge. We would also strongly recommend that you should have at least grade A at GCSE.

How will I study?

Each group is shared between two members of the French department. In lessons, you will use a variety of resources such as textbooks, magazines and films. You will work in pairs, groups or independently and be encouraged to use the Internet to find up-to-date information on the topics. You will have a weekly conversation lesson with the French assistant. There will be opportunities to attend the French society, film evenings and university lecture days. You may also choose to spend time in France. 

Where will it lead?

Competent linguists are in demand in the world of work. Whatever your career – Commerce, Law, Tourism, Industry, Teaching – whatever your destination – Britain, Europe and beyond – linguistic competence is always useful and often essential. Foreign language skills also enable you to take advantage of schemes which allow you to study many different subjects at a European university. 


“This year I am studying French, Spanish, History and Government & Politics. French has been one of my favourite subjects. Therefore, I am currently planning on doing a Joint honours degree in French and Spanish at university. The AS French course has been challenging yet very enjoyable. It has been interesting to study a wide range of topics such as Music and Fashion, which offer great insight into French culture because they are studied in more depth. One of the main differences from GCSE is the weekly session with the language assistant which allows you to work on your fluency. I would highly recommend choosing French because it has been one of my most rewarding subjects to study!”