French A-level

Course Dates: 16/09/20 - 09/06/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Henriette Harlall

A stimulating and demanding course preparing you for the A-level exam in one year. Please book an interview by contacting languages:

Course fee includes non-refundable exam costs, payable in advance. Can be paid in instalments.

We also offer a revision course starting in July LBF07 French revision 3

Note that this course might go back to face-to-face delivery in January.

Term dates:

Term 1: 16/09/20 - 09/12/20

Term 2: 06/01/21 - 31/03/21

Term 3: 21/04/21 - 09/06/21.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

To prepare students to sit the GCE Advanced Level modular examination with 4 exam modules (AQA) in May / June 2021. Syllabus aims to further develop all 4 language skills and to equip students to use the language for practical communication at an advanced level.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

A wide range of themes and contemporary issues in France and French-speaking countries will be used as a basis for general language work. Several topics will be dealt with in some depth, related to society and culture. The examination consists of listening, reading, oral, translation and written papers. There is also a specialist topic essay paper.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- communicate with greater confidence in French
- write more accurately in French
- compare/contrast aspects of French and English civilisation
- demonstrate an extended knowledge of the grammatical structure of French
- sit the A-Level examination with confidence.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Stage 4 course: A level - Students should have a good intermediate level of French. They should be fluent (not rusty) and have a solid grasp of grammatical structures and vocabulary. Please not that a GCSE level is not high enough for this one-year course. Interviews start from July (see details above). Please check the website for details and book early as places are limited.

Active participation is expected and regular homework should be done to enable the tutor to give you.

It is also essential that you have knowledge of more complex grammar terminology such as: the past tenses, the future tense, the subjunctive, the conditional, pronouns.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course is based on the communicative approach:

- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate

Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

- GCE A LEVEL FRENCH – LIVRE DE COURS : AQA A-level French (includes AS) by Casimir d'Angelo (Author), Rod Hares (Author), Jean-Claude Gilles (Author) Publisher: Hodder Education (27 May 2016) I
ISBN: 9781471857959
- Grammar book : Help Yourself to Essential French Grammar (Longman, last edition)
- A bilingual dictionary
There may be other materials. Please contact Languages for further details.
Please try: The European Bookshop - (020 7734 5259) and ask for 10% discount as City Lit French student.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

French 4 or 5 courses according to level. Possibility to take an exam (DELF B2 or DALF C1) according to level. Ask you tutor for advice.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Be prepared to work very hard and make sure you are committed to fitting it into your life. Learning a full A-level of content in one year, part-time fitted around your daily life, is so much harder than 16-18 year olds taking them across 2 years with that as their sole focus. The tutor was FANTASTIC and kept us all on track, and I felt very supported and enjoyed myself so much, but don't underestimate the amount of work it will be.
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Review by Lilith / (Posted on 29/05/2019)
Even though it was very demanding, I really enjoyed this A Level course. It is taught in one year instead of the traditional 2 years and because of that, I did find it difficult to grasp all concepts such as the subjunctive and use of idioms but overall I thought it was taught well. In order to get the top marks, you do need to consult the AQA syllabus and see what is required, for example, difficult grammar constructs such as use of "en" and "dont". For people interested in doing this course and wanting to get a good mark, I would advise you make Bescherelle your best friend for the next 9 months and do ALOT of extra French work outside of the classroom!
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Review by Ritz / (Posted on 24/08/2018)
Although I got a lot out of doing French A level, this course provides just one third of the typical 360 guided hours for A level language programmes. In my case - and I was not alone - this meant setting aside on average 12 hours a week to study over the 8 months available.
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Review by Beaver / (Posted on 21/06/2018)
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Course Code: LFY41

Started Wed, eve, 16 Sep - 09 Jun '21

Duration: 34 sessions (over 39 weeks)

Full fee: £939.00
Senior fee: £939.00
Concession: £641.00

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