What Will I Study?
Theme 1: The Changes in French Society:
Family life in France, attitudes towards friendships, relationships and marriage; the education system in France, the working life of the French – workers’ rights, equality in the workplace.
Theme 2: Culture in French-speaking countries:
The influence of music on young people and society, listening habits, the right of expression in the media; the role of the press; festivals, customs and traditions in French-speaking countries.
Theme 3: Immigration and multiculturalism in France:
The impact of immigration; the contribution and benefits of migration to society; dealing with the challenges of immigration; marginalisation and alienation of migrants; the rise of the far-right in France
Theme 4: The Occupation of France and the French Resistance:
Life in occupied France; French collaborators; Anti-Semitism; the regime of Vichy Maréchal Pétain and the National Revolution; the lives of Jean Moulin, Charles de Gaulle and the women of the Resistance; the fight of the French Resistance.
Students require a Grade 5 or above at GCSE French, or substantial experience of speaking the language either at home or while living abroad.
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translation
Paper 2: Written response to works and Translation
Paper 3: Oral (discussion of an issue and research-based project)
A wide range of careers where a language is a useful extra such as accounting, public relations, journalism, advertising, law, international marketing, administration and many more in this increasingly global world. In addition, more traditional language routes include translating. As part of your course you will be able to do a work experience placement in France, during that time you will live with a family and work in area of your interest.
During this course you will read and listen to authentic French language materials and will study aspects of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of a country where French is spoken. You will have opportunities to develop your understanding and awareness of spiritual, moral, ethical, environmental, health and European issues.