French A Level at The Ashcombe School
Why study the subject?
The French AS and A-level courses are designed to give students the opportunity to extend and perfect their language skills and to introduce them to the political, social, historical and cultural aspects of the target language country. This prepares students for a more advanced application at University or as a firm foundation for use in a social, business or commercial life. French is one of the main European languages and as such is valued in combination with many other skills and subject areas, including science, technology, the arts and commerce. Students with a good pass at AS or A-level have access to a wide range of interesting career options in tourism, banking, law, exports and within multi-national companies with their own opportunities for travel and work abroad. French is not just a subject to study in school but also the means of communication with our partners in the EU.
The four skills of the GCSE – speaking, listening, reading and writing are pursued in a more integrated approach and to a very high level of competence. Most lessons are conducted in the target language. Various contemporary themes are explored through the medium of newspaper and magazine articles and the internet. Students have access to tailor-made interactive resources on the computer.
UNITS REQUIRED FOR AS
Paper 1 Listening, Reading and Writing - Retrieving and conveying information on the basis of recorded and printed French material based on AS topics. There will also be translation
Paper 2 Writing – one text or one film from the list in the specification
Paper 3 Speaking
UNITS REQUIRED FOR A-LEVEL
Paper 1 Social issues and trends
• The changing nature of family (La famille en voie de changement) • The 'cyber-society' (La « cyber-société ») • The place of voluntary work (Le rôle du bénévolat)
Paper 2 Political and artistic culture
Artistic culture in the French-speaking world • A culture proud of its heritage (Une culture fière de son patrimoine) • Contemporary francophone music (La musique francophone contemporaine) • Cinema: the 7th art form (Cinéma : le septième art) 3.2.2 Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment (Les ados, le droit de vote et l'engagement politique) • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power? (Manifestations, grèves – à qui le pouvoir ? ) • Politics and immigration (La politique et l'immigration)
Paper 3 Grammar
The grammar list is divided into topics for AS and A-level
GCSE Grade A*-C in French
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ashcombe School directly.