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GCE A Level in French

Hessle High School and Sixth Form College

Tranby House, Heads Lane, Hessle, HU13 0JQ

GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Level 3
Languages, Literature and Culture

Course Summary


Available at Cottingham / Wolfreton Sixth Form

Who is the course aimed at?

Modern Foreign Languages are attractive to students who:

Have an interest and enthusiasm for languages

Enjoy developing inter-personal skills

Enjoy discussing and debating contemporary issues relevant to young adults

Are interested in a career abroad or with a multi national company or using their skills to influence future generations

How will you learn?

Throughout the course we aim to develop independent learners with a wide variety of generic skills. These objectives are met through:

Teacher led activities and interactive teaching introducing new material

The use of specialist textbooks and examination board web- based learning materials

Use of past examinations and mark schemes

Taking part in debate and discussions

Working in groups to discuss and develop ideas

Studying authentic texts

What will you learn?

For A Level French the focus is on how French speaking countries have been shaped, socially and culturally and how it continues to change.

You will study two key topics:

Social Issues and Trends

Aspects of modern life


Equal rights




Political and Artistic Culture

Artistic culture in the French speaking world

Contemporary francophone music

Cinema: the 7th art form

Aspects of political life

To support these two topics you will be expected to have studied the grammatical system and structures of the language at GCSE. In the exam you will be expected to use grammar accurately.

In addition students must study either 1 text and 1 film or 2 texts from a set list. Examples include Molière Le Tartuffe, Camus L’Etranger, Sagan Bonjour Tristesse, La Haine, L’auberge espagnole, Un long dimanche de fiançailles.

How will you be assessed?

Unit 1 - Listening Reading and Writing 2 hour 30 minutes, 100 marks (50%)

Unit 2 - Writing 2 hours, 80 marks (20%)

Unit 3 - Speaking 21-23 minutes, 60 marks (30%)

Enrichment activities and independent learning?

Depending on your place of study, activities could include:

Visits to universities, taking part in cultural activities

Visits to Target-Language speaking countries

Participation in external courses to stretch and challenge

What and where next?

Competence in a foreign language is a very marketable qualification. Expert knowledge of foreign languages is in great demand both in the UK and abroad but yet less than 1% of the workforce in business possesses it.

Language graduates have a high degree of employability; recent surveys have shown that 95% immediately find employment.

Possible career areas include:

Translators, interpreters, language teaching

Business, politics, law, journalism

Travel and tourism, marketing, media, financial services

More information

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