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French A Level at Acton High School

Course description

The focus of this course is to further develop the language skills acquired at GCSE. At the same time, you will gain a useful insight and appreciation of the society and culture of France and French speaking countries as well as reflecting on aspects of contemporary society.

Course content

AS Level

The whole class studies one theme from Social issues and trends (family, voluntary work, cybersociety, features of a diverse society, how criminals are treated, life for the marginalised) and one theme from Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture (cinema, music, rights of teenagers, strikes, immigration). Students also study one book or film (Molière, Maupassant, Camus, La Haine, Entre Les Murs, L’Auberge Espagnole) and grammar.

Paper1: Written exam, 40% of AS (1 hour 45 minutes)
Listening, reading, writing, translating on topics, and grammar.

Paper 2: Written exam:, 30% of AS (1 hour 15 minutes)
Writing about and translations of book or film, and grammar.

Paper 3: Oral exam, 30% of AS (12-14 minutes)
Discussion of two sub-themes with the discussion based on a stimulus card. The student studies the cards for 15 minutes before the test begins.

A Level

Students continuing with A-level study: a further theme from Social issues and trends; a further theme from Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture; one book (or if book studied in Year 1, one film or a second book); grammar; an individual research project for speaking assessment.

Paper 1: Written exam, 40% of A-level (2 hours 30 minutes)
Listening, reading, translating , writing on society, political, artistic topics

Paper 2: Written exam, 30% of A-level (2 hours)
Either one question on a set text and one question on a set film OR two questions on set texts

Paper 3: Oral exam, 30% of A-level (21-23 minutes including 5 minutes preparation time)
Discussion of a sub-theme and Presentation and discussion of individual research project.

Entry requirements

GCSE French at grade B or above

Future opportunities

More than 200 million people speak French across the five continents. The Francophonie, the international organisation of French-speaking countries, comprises 68 states and governments. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English. French is also the only language, alongside English, that is taught in every country in the world. An ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market. Knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French- speaking parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and North and sub-Saharan Africa). Career opportunities include Counselling/Social Services, Sales/Marketing, Education, Customer Services, Human Resources, Banking/Finance, Business, Import/Export, Fashion, Media, Government and Law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Acton High School directly.

Last updated date: 01 April 2016