You will study social and technological change alongside highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema.
You will also explore the influence of the past on present-day French-speaking communities, and you will learn the language in the context of French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. You will also study either a film or a literary text.
Social Issues and Trends:
- You will study the themes of the changing nature of family, the ‘cyber-society’ and the place of voluntary work.
- You will study the themes of a culture proud of its heritage, contemporary francophone music and cinema.
- AS students study the grammatical system and structures of the language during their course.
- Knowledge of the grammar and structures specified for GCSE French is assumed. In the exam students will be required to use, actively and accurately, grammar and structures appropriate to the tasks set.
You will be required to choose to study one literary text or film from the following:
- Molière - Le Tartuffe
- Voltaire - Candide
- Guy de Maupassant - Boule de Suif et autres contes de la guerre
- Albert Camus - L’étranger
- Françoise Sagan - Bonjour tristesse.
- Les 400 coups - François Truffaut (1959)
- Au revoir les enfants - Louis Malle (1987)
- La Haine - Mathieu Kassovitz (1995)
- L’auberge espagnole - Cédric Klapisch (2002)
- Un long dimanche de fiançailles - Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2004)
- Entre les murs - Laurent Cantet (2008).
Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.
Teaching & assessment
You will be taught by lecturers who are specialists in their subjects. Teaching is classroom based and involves group work and individual work. Independent study is essential outside of the classroom and frequent homework will be given. You will sit monthly in-class assessments for which you will receive extensive feedback, as well as other assessments throughout the academic year, which will help you track your progress.
Final assessment is in three papers:
- Listening, reading and writing
Maths and English
Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.
You will be encouraged to search for work placement opportunities.
You will be invited to attend a one-to-one interview.
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You will hold five GCSEs grades 9 - 4 (or A*- C equivalent) including maths. Ideally, you will hold GCSE English at grade 6 or above (grade B equivalent) and GCSE French grade 6 or above (grade B equivalent).