Is A-Level French Hard?

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I'm currently doing GCSE French, and i've really enjoyed doing it. I'm starting Sixth Form College this September and i have chosen to take A-Level French. Is it hard? Am i going to stuggle :S

Posted Mon 5th March, 2012 @ 17:01 by Daniella :)
Edited by Daniella :) on Mon 5th March, 2012 @ 18:09

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For me, i found french a struggle at the beginning of the year. There was a big jump from GCSE to A level in my opinion. But, you need to have perseverance. I'm glad i didn't drop because i've learnt so much language and i'm becoming more and more confident. I think that you just need to study, and mostly love the language. 

Answered Thu 10th May, 2012 @ 18:11 by Jessica
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It was a MASSIVE step from GSCE and I really wanted to drop it, but I carried on and I can see how much i've improved and my vocab is A LOT better. But you have to make sure that you enjoy becauseif you don;t you will have no motiation to do anywork.

  1. make sure you love it
  2. have the motivation
  3. make sure you ask on ANYTHING that you are unsure about.
  4. Don't worry too much about your accent, as in the exam there wont be the whole class but just a teacher and a inviligilator, (who fell alsleep in mine).

Also a plus point is Uni's LOVE people who can do another language :)

Hope that helps :)

Answered Mon 21st May, 2012 @ 20:29 by Henna
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You'll be fine, as long as you study. Make a study timetable (if you haven't already) and frequently go over new learnt vocabulary and try out different tenses or at least the ones you've learnt. You can do it if you believe in yourself. Go for it!!

Answered Mon 5th March, 2012 @ 17:37 by Oluwafisayo Alasi
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Thank You :) That's really helpful! Have you chosen to take French for A-Level aswell?

Answered Mon 5th March, 2012 @ 18:12 by Daniella :)
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i was wondering the same i'm currently on an a in GCSE french atm...and i wondered if A level french was a big step up from GCSE.

Answered Mon 5th March, 2012 @ 19:40 by grace beaney
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It is a big step but of course a worthwhile one. I'm currently doing French at A2 in sixth form myself and I've enjoyed it so much I'll be doing French with Management at university :P It's really good, with any chance you get try and speak French (no matter how silly you may sound even by yourself) this will help with getting used to the accent and the way they speak.

But yeah, go for it with an open mind and enthusiam and you'll both be fine! Good luck and let us know how everything goes :)

Answered Thu 15th March, 2012 @ 21:41 by Bakang Moholo
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I absolutely love French but it is difficult yes. You will need to do a lot of extra study and keep up with your lessons but it is very worthwhile. I'm actually the only person in my french class because everyone else dropped out! 

Answered Wed 28th March, 2012 @ 21:20 by Jaz
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Yes it is a big jump from GCSE to A level but as long as you're dedicated you can do it. Make sure you do extra stuff in french to perfection your understanding like listening to the french news, reading french newspapers. It is not easy at all as you have to discuss stuff into a greater level of depth that can be challenging but just keep working and everything will be alright

Answered Fri 11th May, 2012 @ 06:30 by Lottie
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Totally agree with those who've answered so far, A Level french is much harder than GCSE and it is a major transition; there's much more vocabulary to be learnt, as well as different tenses and different parts of the language which you may not have focused as much on in GCSE, such as pronouns and the subjunctive. But it's definitely worthwhile and once you've adjusted to the transition, you'll notice how much more you've learnt since GCSE. It is important to keep on top of work and do extra revision even if your teacher hasn't set work because it makes it much more easier for you to comprehend the language, such *** reading french articles and listening to french news, etc.

I'm just finishing my AS Level French and I am continuing it next year, it's hard work, but it'll payoff eventually when you have the ability to talk french like a pro. :)

Answered Mon 14th May, 2012 @ 20:56 by Aimee
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Like everyone's said, it's a massive leap, but I found that you improve really quickly, without even realsing almost.

I got to the christmas holidays, and only then it hit me how much I had learnt!

I'm now getting ready for my A2 exam next tuesday, and then I'll be off to uni to do a three language degree course!  

You'll definitely regret it if you don't do it, without a doubt.  

Answered Thu 14th June, 2012 @ 15:59 by Jamsamwige
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This is a question for current A level students. For French, can you manage the listening and speaking exams just from lessons at school or do you have to put much more work in like having a French tutor to improve your skills? I know it's a weird question but I was wondering about this...

Answered Wed 20th June, 2012 @ 20:50 by furuba fan
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Well I'm doing IB not A-Level

Answered Fri 24th August, 2012 @ 17:13 by Oluwafisayo Alasi