French A Level
What will I learn?
Listening, Reading, Writing
Social trends of French society: The changing nature of the family; the cyber society; the place of voluntary work
Artistic culture in the French-speaking world: A culture proud of its heritage, contemporary francophone music, cinema, the 7th art form
Aspects of French political life: Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment, demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?, politics and immigration
Aspects of French society: current issues: Positive features of diverse society, life for marginalised, how criminals are treated
Writing: One text and one movie, or two texts from the list set in the specification.
Speaking: Individual research project: Identify a subject or question related to one of the themes/sub-themes which relates to a country/countries where French is spoken (it can be another work from the writer or the director study). A stimulus on one of the sub-themes.
GCSE French at Grade 6 or above and 5 or above in GCSE English.
An average GCSE points score of 4.9.
How long will it take to qualify?
How will I be assessed?
Paper 1: Written exam 2½ hours (listening and responding, reading and responding and translations into English and French). A Level weighting: 40%
Paper 2: Written exam 2 hours (questions set and answers to be written in French). A Level weighting: 30%
Paper 3: Speaking oral exam 21-23 mins (discussion of one of the Sub-Themes) 10-11 mins incl 5 mins preparation; Presentation 2 mins; and Discussion of Individual Research Project 9-10 mins) A Level weighting: 30%
Additional Learning Opportunities
You could join the International Society and take part in a wide variety of cultural events.
Who is this course aimed at?
French is attractive to students who:
- wish to continue with the study of a language previously taken to GCSE level
- enjoy learning languages, and are keen to exchange ideas in French through the spoken and written word
- enjoy travelling to France and other French-speaking countries, and finding out about their people and places
- have an open mind to another culture and outlook on life
- can see themselves working in a French or other mainland European environment
- are interested in wider European issues
- want to broaden their studies and add a qualification which can give the advantage over others in the job market
Speaking a foreign language is a valuable skill in many professions and students go on to careers within business and management, travel and tourism, media, banking, teaching and interpreting.
- A Level
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