French (A level)
‘Bienvenue dans le départment de français’ –the home of the language of culture and love!
French is an ever-current and ever-important language. It is spoken by more than 200 million people worldwide, is the language of the international job market, and is the language used for travel in many French-speaking countries – Tahiti, Monaco, Switzerland, the Seychelles and many more.
By choosing to study French at A Level with our team of vibrant, experienced and enthusiastic French specialists, our students make an investment in their future by preparing themselves for our increasingly global society.
The A Level course takes the learning of this beautiful language to a whole new level. As well as working on extending their vocabulary, enhancing their fluency and improving their knowledge of the use of language in different settings, the girls focus a great deal on key issues within French culture. Discussions and debates are held on topics ranging from heritage to new technology in Year 12 and from crime to immigration in Year 13. Conversation skills are developed via regular classes with our native speaking French specialists, and girls also get the opportunity to delve into the world of classic French literature and cinema.
Just as our younger student, our Sixth Form students benefit from the chance to partake in a study trip to Bordeaux, during which they stay with host families and enjoy many fun activities, leisure excursions and also lessons in the morning are taught by French specialist teachers. One student who took part in the trip said "This year's French trip to Bordeaux was one of the best trips I have ever been on". (Bliss, Year 12 Student)
Specific preparation lessons are offered for those wishing to take the Oxbridge entry exam, provided by Head of French, Mrs Catherine White. Each year, several of our students are successfully accepted into Oxbridge courses, and at other top universities across the UK.
A wonderful highlight of the year is a special meal we hold to say goodbye to our Year 13 students, held in a local French restaurant, celebrating two years of impressive skill development and memories.