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French AS/A Level at Chipping Norton School

Course description

Speaking languages gives you access to a whole new world; music, the Internet, cultural history, people you would never otherwise have met and a great way to start getting to know and understand other people better is by learning their language.

The new AS and A2 German course has been designed to give you a profound understanding of your chosen language and you will not only learn about the mechanics of the language, for example, the grammar and vocabulary, but also how people live and use the language on a day to day basis.

There are three things it is important to remember about languages:

It is a multilingual world - not everyone speaks English. In fact, 94% of the world does not speak English as their first language and 75% of the world does not speak English at all.

A little language can make a lot of difference. You do not have to be fluent and even basic phrases make a real difference in all types of work. Many think that the only jobs available for language students are in translation, interpreting and teaching but this is not true.

Languages improve the quality of your life and your understanding of how other people live and think. Learning languages will broaden your horizons and opportunities in the workplace, including increased opportunities for travel, promotion and better salaries.

The Modern Languages Department aims to develop students' ability to understand and communicate effectively in the foreign language, acquire language learning skills and develop an understanding of how a language works, as well as encourage enjoyment and provide a basis for further study of French, German and other foreign languages.


Course content

Summary of Course Structure:

AS: Exam 1 Listening, reading and translation into English AS: Exam 2 Essay on a text or a film studied AS: Exam 3 Speaking on two sub themes from the specification A2: Exam 1 Listening, reading and translations, English- French and French- English A2: Exam 2 Two essays, one text and one film or two texts

A2: Exam 3 Speaking exam, individual research project and one sub theme from the specification

Entry requirements

You should have obtained a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or above and an A*, A or B grade in French or German. You should have an interest in a range of social, cultural and contemporary topics.


Assessment: If students go on to A2, their AS marks will not count into the total grade.

Exam 1 40% 2 ½ hour exam

Exam 2 30% 2 hour exam

Exam 3 30% 20 minute exam plus preparation time

Future opportunities

There are many opportunities in a huge range of industries and some knowledge of a foreign language is much in demand, as employers seek those capable of communicating with foreign customers or visitors.

Apart from being beneficial at a personal level, an A Level in a Modern Foreign Language can help with many career paths. There are many opportunities in the travel and tourism industry and a foreign language has become an increasingly important skill for jobs in commerce and industries from engineering to law and marketing to computing. For those who wish to specialise in language, there is translation or teaching. Competence in a language demonstrates an ability to communicate and organise ideas logically and will give you broader career options.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chipping Norton School directly.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017

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