A-Level French

 SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTSGrade 6 or higher in GCSE French.  The ideal student will have found GCSE in French straightforward and enjoyable. The course aims to build on knowledge gained at GCSE, studying topics in greater depth and maturity.
 CONTENT OF COURSEComponent 1: speaking exam (30% of the qualification, 2 tasks). 
Task 1: presentation of an independent research project and a discussion on the content of the research project. 
Task 2: a discussion based on a stimulus card relating to one of the themes studied.
Component 2: listening, reading and translation from French to English and English to French (50% of the qualification).
Component 3:
 critical and analytical response in writing (20% of the qualification). It comprises of two essays: one based on a literacy work and the second on an additional literacy work or film from a prescribed list. You are not permitted to use dictionaries or texts in any part of the assessment. 
 EXAMINATIONS AND ASSESSMENTSComponent 1: speaking exam
Component 2: listening, reading and translation
Component 3: critical and analytical response
 SKILLS, LINKS AND PROGRESSIONFrench combines well with a whole host of other subjects. It can be of particular use to students who are studying science, history, business studies, geography and art/humanities subjects – in other words it goes well with all subjects either as a specialism or as a ‘second string to your bow’. Many degree subjects now offer the opportunity to spend some of the time abroad, thus gaining a qualification recognised in two countries e.g. law, business, economics etc.

During the course, we actively encourage students to take part in the work experience run by Halsbury. It adds so much to your French experience and encourage you to actually use it in real life, which in turn strengthens your own language development.