French A Level (WJEC) at Crawshaw Academy
First Year: ‘Leisure and Lifestyles’ (including travel and tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs, traditions, healthy living and unhealthy living) and ‘The Individual and Society’ (including relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture, education, vocational training and future careers).
Second Year: students build on language skills and knowledge studied in the first year and the course includes the following two units: ‘Environmental Issues’ (including technology, pollution, global warming, transport, energy, nuclear energy, renewable energies, conservation, recycling and sustainability) and ‘Social and Political Issues’ (including the role of the media, racism, immigration, social exclusion and integration, terrorism an the world of work).
In additiion students will study two from the following thre options: The World of Cinema, The World of Literature, The Regions of France.
Students will study the following key areas:
a) Leisure and Lifestyles, including travel and tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs, traditions, healthy living – health and nutrition, diet and exercise; unhealthy living - drugs, smoking, alcohol, etc
(b) The Individual and Society, including relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture (values, peer groups, fashions and trends etc.), education, vocational training and future careers.
Students will study the following key areas:
c) Environmental Issues, including technology, pollution, global warming, transport, energy, nuclear energy, renewable energies, conservation, recycling, sustainability.
(d) Social and Political Issues, including the role of the media, racism, immigration, social exclusion and integration, terrorism, world of work (employment, commerce, globalization, etc.)
In addition they will study two from the following 3 options:
A The World of Cinema
B The World of Literature
C The Regions of France
Candidates must undertake 2 studies for this aspect of the course, one of which forms part of their oral examination (FN3) with the other being examined as an essay within the Listening, Reading and Writing examination (FN4):
Either: both from the same option (e.g. 2 books; 2 films; 2 regions)
Or: one from each of 2 options (e.g. 1 book plus
Entrants to the course must have achieved at least 5 x 9-4 grades in GCSE subjects, including English Language, including 6+ in French and English.
Paper 1: FN1 Oral examination in French
This examination represents 20% of the A Level course (40% of AS). It lasts 12-15 minutes and includes examiner-led discussion of topics and general conversation.
Paper 2: FN2 Listening, Reading and Writing examination in French
This exam includes sections on Listening and Responding, Reading and Responding, Grammar tasks (written), Translation from French into English and an Essay in French on a topic studied during the AS course.
Paper 3: FN3 Oral examination in French
This examination represents 20% of the A Level course (40% of A2) and consists of the following:
A structured discussion based on a short written stimulus (150-200 words), linked to one of the topics studied at A2.
An oral exposé on one of the following: One film from the ‘World of Cinema’ option or one book from the ‘World of Literature’ option or one area from the ‘Regions of France’ option. Candidates may choose to base their oral exposé on the prescribed list of books, films and regions or on a book, film or region of their choice (i.e. any French film or any French work of literature or any region in a country where French is spoken).
Paper 4: FN4 Listening, Reading and Writing examination in French
This exam includes sections on Listening and Responding, Reading and Responding, a translation from English into French and an essay (max. of 400 words) on a book, film or region studied during the A2 course. The essay will be on a different book, film or region from that presented in the oral exposé.
Students can go on to study a wide variety of academic and vocational courses in HE with this qualification, and/ or go into a wide variety of careers in which communication and foreign language skills are important, for example, translating and interpreting, business, management, media, law and education.
For further information on this course, speak with a member of the MFL Department at school, or check the A Level specification on the WJEC website:
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