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FRENCH A LEVEL

Studying French at A Level will build upon the listening, reading, writing and speaking skills you developed during GCSE and will further extend your knowledge of France and French culture. The course will see you researching information, practising your spoken French through the discussion of a variety of topics and contemporary issues and taking part in debates. You will also have the opportunity to get some of your ideas down on paper and enhance your written French. You will reuse and extend your GCSE grammar using a variety of resources including TV, radio, literature, internet and film. 

Studying a modern foreign language undoubtedly increases your career opportunities and can be combined with almost any other subject. You can go on to study language degrees or combined degrees with subjects such as Law, European studies, Business Studies, Technology or Engineering. 

Fluency in a foreign language is a pre-requisite for access to many jobs in tourism, international business, marketing and finance. It can also be used to facilitate foreign travel. 

Course Outline

Year 12 

1. Social issues and trends 

2. Artistic culture 

3. Grammar 

4. Works: Literary texts and films 

Year 13 

1. Social issues and trends 

2. Political and artistic culture 

3. Grammar 

4. Works: Literary texts and films 

Assessment

 

This is a two year linear course. 

Paper 1 – Listening, reading and writing 

What’s assessed? 

Aspects of society, artistic culture, multiculturalism, aspects of political life, grammar and translation 

How it’s assessed 

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes worth 100 marks in total and 50% of the A level 

Paper 2 – Writing 

What’s assessed? 

One text and one film or two texts from a set list 

How it’s assessed 

Written exam (2 essays): 2 hours worth 80 marks in total and 20% of the A level 

Paper 3 – Speaking 

Individual research project on one of four sub-themes, ie. Aspects of society, artistic culture, multiculturalism, aspects of political life, grammar and translation 

How it’s assessed? 

Oral exam: presentation plus discussion: 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time) worth 60 marks in total and 30% of the A Level. 

Requirements

Grade 9 - 5 for full course GCSE in French.