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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

French in the Sixth Form

A Level French

"Learning a language makes our minds stronger and more flexible. Actually using it gives us an entirely new experience of the world"

John Cleese, Actor

Le PontIf you are interested in languages and communication, and you enjoy learning about other cultures and ways of life, then this modern foreign languages course would be very suitable for you. Students who are interested in the business world, in travel or tourism, in literature, or in journalism and the media also ind this course not only very suitable but enjoyable. There are several options in the course where students can choose your topic or question to suit their interests. Whether you want to use language for work, for further study, for training, or for leisure, this is the course for you. This course help students to develop  interpersonal and general study skills, but most of all they learn to communicate at a higher level in French. Students also learn much more about a wide range of aspects of the society or societies in which French is spoken.

When they study in the French department, students find that there are very high expectations for every student. However, there are a range of opportunities open to them. Some students choose to do degree courses in languages; others choose to pursue a higher education course in another subject, but choose a language option alongside it. We live in an increasingly global community, and language skills are highly sought-after in the workplace. Having a language at A Level will certainly improve your employability, in particular with companies which have international branches. Employers know that linguists have excellent communication skills and can rely on them to transfer those skills easily. There is also of course much personal pleasure to be gained through the travel, understanding of other cultures and places, and opening of your mind to the world which all come with the further study of languages.

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What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

You will need at least a GCSE grade 5 in French and you will want to demonstrate your ability at this level in all four language skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. This course will enable you to gain more knowledge and understanding of cultural and social aspects of France. You need to be interested in developing this understanding and exploring in much more depth the topic areas that you will have covered at GCSE. You must be keen and excited to take advantage of the opportunities offered to spend time and undertake work in France.

What will I learn on this course?

This course will help you to develop your interpersonal and general study skills, but most of all you will learn to communicate at a higher level in French. The course will provide you with a coherent course study for all students. You will also learn much more about a wide range of aspects of the society or societies in which French is spoken.

What kind of student is this course suitable for?

If you are interested in languages and communication, and you enjoy learning about other cultures and ways of life, then this modern foreign languages course would be very suitable for you. Similarly, if you are interested in the business world, in travel or tourism, in literature, or in journalism and the media, then you are also likely to find this course not only very suitable but enjoyable. There are several options in the course where you can choose your topic or question to suit your interests. Whether you want to use language for work, for further study, for training, or for leisure, this is the course for you.

What is the course content and how is it assessed?

A Level

EXAMS

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

Written examination: 2 hours and 30 minutes

50% of the qualification

Paper 2: writing

Written examination: 2 hours

20% of the qualification

Paper 3: Speaking

Internally conducted and externally assessed

Total assessment time: between 21 and 23 minutes, this includes 5 minutes of preparation time.

30% of the qualification

What could I go on to do at the end of my course?

There will be a range of opportunities open to you. Some students choose to do degree courses in languages; others choose to pursue a higher education course in another subject, but choose a language option alongside it. We live in an increasingly global community, and language skills are highly sought-after in the workplace. Having a language at A Level will certainly improve your employability, in particular with companies which have international branches.  Employers know that linguists have excellent communication skills and can rely on them to transfer those skills easily.  There is also of course much personal pleasure to be gained through the travel, understanding of other cultures and places, and opening of your mind to the world which all come with the further study of languages.

Student Profile

Why should you consider A Level French? – Students have said: “It’s a great subject to take and many universities want their students to have some knowledge of a Foreign Language. French is a great subject to help build your confidence.  A Language is a great way to impress your friends and family with your fabulous speaking skills. Knowing a Foreign Language is helpful when you go abroad. An A Level in a Language will help improve your future and to broaden your career options.”