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French A-Level at Polam Hall School

Course description

This A Level course concentrates on the use of French in a wide range of contemporary situations, with particular reference to France and French-speaking countries. At AS Level, students study broad topics which include aspects of everyday life, leisure, entertainment and the media. A2 units focus on more demanding issues such as law and order, the environment, politics, science and technology. Work at both levels is firmly rooted in the culture of the francophone world.. Authentic sources are used extensively to familiarise the students with a wide variety of contexts and to enable them to achieve effective communication at a high level. The fundamental language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are developed within the topic areas in order to achieve an integrated course of study.

Students are encouraged to have a direct contact with France and French people wherever possible in order to gain a range of valuable life skills. They will be offered the opportunity of following a short, intensive language course in France to enhance their linguistic capabilities as part of this course. All students are strongly urged to take advantage of this experience as part of their AS studies.

The modern linguist today needs to be dedicated, well motivated and intent on achieving a very high level of specialised skills. Oral fluency, together with the ability to contribute to discussion is important. The course is demanding but is undoubtedly an excellent preparation for all Higher Education courses and careers.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for Advanced Level study is 6 A* - C grades. Students’ GCSEs must include Mathematics and English at least at Grade C. 4/3 subjects at AS level are usually studied in the first year.

Assessment

AS Units:

Unit 1 Speaking: 15 minutes with 20 minutes preparation time: Role play followed by topic conversation and discussion 15%

Unit 2 Listening, Reading and Writing mixed skill examination (2 ½ hours) 35%

A2 Units

Unit 3 Speaking and Reading: 15 minutes with 20 minutes preparation time: Questions on a topical article followed by in depth discussion 15%

Unit 4 Listening, Reading and Writing mixed skill examination (2 ¾ hours) 35%

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Polam Hall School directly.

Last updated date: 22 April 2015
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