French AS & A level at Stowupland High School
If you are interested in languages and communication, and you enjoy learning about people or other cultures and ways of life, then a modern foreign language course could be suitable for you. Similarly, if you are interested in the business world, in travel and tourism, in literature, or in journalism and the media, then you are also likely to find the course appropriate. But in the modern world a high level of language competence could prove invaluable no matter which course or career you might later choose.
The course will help you to develop your general study skills, but most of all you will learn to communicate at a higher level in the language that you have chosen. You will also learn much more about a wide range of aspects of the society or societies in which the language is spoken.
The best foundation for success is a GCSE grade B in French. You will need to feel confident at this level in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. An interest in exploring in much more depth the topic areas that you will have covered at GCSE and in developing your understanding of the culture and way of life of the target language country will also be of an advantage. Students should also be willing to take advantage of any opportunities to make contact or work with native speakers.
AS Level—Paper 1 (1 hour 45 minutes)
This unit assesses listening, reading and writing and all material will be related to aspects of French society and artistic culture in the French speaking world. Listening and reading materials will include such items as extracts from news reports, interviews, magazine articles and books.
AS Level—Paper 2 (1 hour 15 minutes)
This unit assesses your knowledge of either a film or book. You will translate a passage into French and write a short essay responding critically to questions about the book or film you have studied.
AS Level—Paper 3 (12-14 minutes)
Your teacher will hold a conversation with you based on material provided by the awarding body on two of the topics covered during the course.
A Level—Paper 1 (2 hours 30 minutes)
This unit assesses listening, reading and writing and all material will be related to aspects of French society including multiculturalism and politics and artistic culture in the French speaking world. You will have individual control of the recording.
A Level—Paper 2 (2 hours)
This unit assesses your knowledge of either a film and a book or two books. You will write a short essay responding critically to questions about the book or film you have studied.
A level - Paper 3 (20 minutes)
Your teacher will hold a conversation with you based on material provided by the awarding body on one of the topics covered during the course. You will also make a short presentation and answer questions on your own individual research project.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stowupland High School directly.