French at Yavneh College
Exam Body: AQA
French A Level is a stimulating and informative subject, if you are interested in politics, people, culture, history, current affairs, sociology and geography. It can help develop an interest in language learning and promote an understanding of the language in a variety of contexts. It facilitates foreign travel by enabling students to communicate confidently and to display an awareness of contemporary society and culture. Students also be able to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and employment.
The course is divided into four units. Units 1 and 2 comprise the AS Level. Units 3 and 4 comprise the A2 Level. Unit 1 is examined by a listening, reading comprehension, essay question and Unit 2 speaking. Units 3 and 4 follow the same pattern but Unit 3 includes a translation into and out of the target language
Students learn a range of language skills: the ability to communicate confidently in French, to understand and respond to written French and to translate coherently from French into English and from English into French at A2. They also learn to structure essays using increasingly accurate, complex and varied language and to display critical thinking and analytical skills. Most lessons are conducted in French to maximise the development of students‘ language skills.
The topics covered in the course are varied. They include: the media, popular culture, healthy living/lifestyle and family and relationships. In the second year, topics include the environment, the multi-cultural society and contemporary social issues. A cultural topic is also studied, such as a target language-speaking region or period of history or a target language-speaking author, poet, dramatist, director, artist, musician or painter.
Students must have achieved at least Grade B in GCSE French.
As with all modern foreign languages, French has now become a modular subject. To be awarded AS Level, students take an exam at the end of Year 12. To be awarded A2 they take a second exam at the end of Year 13. Each module makes up 50% of the final A Level grade.
Language learning provides students with a sound basis for further study of languages at degree level or equivalent. Modern language A Levels are well-regarded by universities for entry to a wide range of degrees, including law, economics and business. French A Level provides students with the knowledge and skills required for careers in linguistics and employment in companies trading with French-speaking countries.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Yavneh College directly.