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?
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?
AS: Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translation (into English) worth 45% of AS.
Examination length: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Paper 2: Writing: Translation (into French) and an essay based on the study of a film worth 25% of AS.
Examination length: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Paper 3: Speaking worth 30% of AS.
Examination length: 12-14 minutes.
A2: Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translations (into English and French) worth 50% of A Level.
Examination length: 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Paper 2: Writing: 2 essays based on the study of a film and a book worth 20% of A Level.
Examination length: 2 hours.
Paper 3: Speaking worth 30% of AS
Examination length: 21-23 minutes.
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 7 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.
“French is always a lesson to look forward to: each lesson is new and exciting, yet also intriguing as we not only study France, but also the French-speaking world, such as Morocco or French-speaking Canada. You are always offered extra aid either by the teachers or by the French assistant when struggling on specific things. Moreover, the small class sizes offer another advantage when taking this subject for A Level as the classes seem more intimate and it give you the opportunity to speak to your teachers more freely. In my opinion, I believe French and languages are key to the exciting multinational world we live in. Languages are also a valuable skill that many employers are looking for in future employees. I would like to further my studies in this subject at University, where I'm planning to take it with Politics and International relations.”