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This course offers an opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of French-speaking countries. This course fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity.

The AS-level is a one-year linear course with all assessments at the end of Year 1. This course should be taken alongside 3 A-levels (or equivalent).

Course content

Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

  • La famille en voie de changement
  • La cyber société
  • Le rôle du bénévolat 

Artistic culture in the French: speaking world

  • Une culture fière de son patrimoine
  • La musique francophone contemporaine
  • Le septième art 

One film: La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz)


The AS-level course includes an element of translation both ways.

Methods of Teaching and Learning

The course is taught by well-qualified and experienced staff.  Students often work in pairs or small groups as well as being encouraged to show initiative in their private study. Good progress is made by use of French in the classroom. Attendance and achievement are monitored regularly. Targets are set regularly throughout the course.

Method of Assessment

The four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking - are assessed by examination.


There are opportunities throughout the year to go on trips to the cinema, theatre, universities and conferences. Some students choose to go on a work experience placement, intensive course or exchange to France. Students also have the opportunity to mentor Secondary School pupils during their course and involve themselves in various learning activities, whilst passing on their love of the French language.

Key Skills

Students have numerous opportunities to develop their communication skills through written and verbal expression of their own ideas in whole class, small group and one-to-one situations. Use of information technology and independent study are integral to the course.


Textbooks, DVDs and a wide variety of authentic material as well as television and radio broadcasts and internet resources support the course. The College’s Virtual Learning Environment Moodle allows students to access podcasts, videos, homework, class work and a wide range of resources prepared and selected by their teachers.

Students are expected to purchase a grammar book and revision book, to be used in class and at home.


Students would be able to progress to complete the full French A-level if they wished to. 

A foreign language qualification is also considered a most valuable asset by employers in a range of occupations within the fields of engineering, medicine, diplomacy, the sciences and many others.

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