6 in GCSE French
4 in GCSE English Language
What will I study
You will look at how French-speaking society has been shaped, socially and culturally, and how it continues to change. In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of French-speaking countries. In the second year further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing on issues such as life for those on the margins of French-speaking society as well as looking at the positive influences that diversity brings. You will also study the political landscape in a French-speaking country, looking at immigration from a political perspective and at the way in which political power is expressed through action such as strikes and demonstrations. The extent to which teenagers are politically engaged and taking a look towards the future of political life in French-speaking society also forms part of the course.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed on all four skills of speaking, writing, reading and listening. The speaking assessments will be conducted within the school by one of your A-level teachers. All other skills are assessed in a written exam.
Is this subject for me?
A starting point would be an enjoyment of languages at GCSE level as some of the topics and the assessment methods are similar. The demands of the specification will take you a step further and develop your linguistic and cultural knowledge. To study French at A-level you will need to be rigorous in your learning and very accurate in your application of knowledge.
Where can this lead me?
Linguists are increasingly in demand in all sorts of working environments. Doing a French A-level could lead to a degree in languages, linguistics, European Studies or can also be combined with most subjects at higher education level, for example law, international relations, politics, media, business or sciences. These degrees lead to a wide variety of careers including, but not limited to, translation, interpreting, teaching, publishing, journalism and marketing.
What else is there?
There will be opportunities throughout the year to visit university open days to see the language specific courses that they offer. Across the duration of the course there are usually options to visit France, and you may also be interested in pairing up online with a student in a school in the south of France.