Why should I study this subject?
Studying French increases your understanding of the language and your ability to write and speak with greater accuracy and confidence in a range of situations. It develops your understanding of how languages, including English, work and improves your attention to detail. It also offers you the chance to find out more about French culture and society and develops your capacity to see the world through other people’s eyes and understand their point of view.
Languages are regarded as some of the most academic subjects so universities and employers value them. Many students go on to study French or another language as part of their degree, often in combination with another subject such as History, Law or Business; languages go well with every other subject. Fluency in French can allow you to work or study in France or other French speaking countries, during your studies or later in life.
What will I study ?
In Year 12 and Year 13, students will study topics from a range of political, social and cultural themes, for example schooling in the French speaking world, French TV, the French Revolution or New Wave cinema.
In Year 12 students will study a French film and in Year 13 at least one novel or play. There will also be a study topic of individual choice in Year 13 to prepare for the oral examination. Throughout this time students will develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through comprehension, speaking practice (including small group sessions), grammatical exercises and translation from English into French and French into English.
What are the entry requirements?
Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.
What is the exam board?