What will I learn?
In your French A Level you will continue to develop the four skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing, through the study of the topic areas prescribed by the WJEC.
The course content covers the following areas of interest:
Being a young person in French-speaking society (Y12)
- Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships / relationships
- Youth trends, issues and personal identity
- Educational and employment opportunities
Understanding the French-speaking world (Y12)
- Regional culture and heritage
- France, Canada, Switzerland and les Domtoms
- Literature, art, film and music
Diversity and difference (Y13)
- Migration and integration
- Cultural identity and marginalisation
- Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference
- Discrimination and diversity
France 1940 - 1950
The Occupation and the post-war years (Y13)
- The Occupation and Liberation
- Cultural life in occupied France
- 1945-1950: rebuilding and restructuring
- Repercussions for modern day France
You will also be expected to research an area of personal interest related to France or a French speaking country so that you can develop a greater awareness of inter-cultural differences.
More information about the course
It’s good to follow what is going on in the news. You might still find French news hard to understand, but in the first year, students can find a lot of material relating to the topics on:
We have strong links with UEA and you will have the chance to work on your oral skills in small groups with student ambassadors from UEA. Our students find this a wonderful opportunity to improve their speaking skills and make excellent progress.
You will also learn more about how the language is constructed by studying grammar systematically throughout the course. You might like to have a go at some questions on this website:
Just choose the grammatical area you want to practise and off you go! A level students get really good at the Verb Busters section.
What about wider cultural topics?
The second year of the course will also include study of work by a French author and a French film. The book is ‘le Silence de la Mer’ – a story of love and war set in France during the Occupation.
As background to this book you will find out about what life was like for French people from 1939 to 1945 and discover some facts about famous French people of the time.
The film for study in second year is ‘La Haine’ – the brilliant and controversial study of life in the Paris suburbs, directed by Mathieu Kassovitz.
Translating into and out of French are both skills you will build up during the course.
Can you translate this quotation from the film? (Answer below)
- Le plus dur c’est pas la chute, c’est l’atterrissage.
- La Haine est un film contre les flics et je voulais qu'il soit compris comme tel.
Mathieu Kassovitz talking about the purpose of the film – What is he saying? (Answer below)
Please refer to our entry requirements for the different programmes of study.
Additional entry requirements for this course: B in French GCSE and a piece of writing approved at interview (see prospectus for details) and English Language GCSE new grade 4 (or old grade C)
The hardest thing is not the fall, but the landing.
‘la Haine’ is a film against the police and I wanted it to be understood as such.