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French Cambridge Pre U *FEES PAYABLE* at Canford School

Course description

Cambridge Pre-U Certificate Short Course is a standalone qualification to be taken at the end of the Lower Sixth, and it is intended for those candidates who may not wish to complete the two year Pre-U Principal Course. The emphasis will be on effective communication, grammatical accuracy and basic awareness of societies where the target language is spoken.

The exam consists of two components that students take at the end of the Lower Sixth, which means that those wishing to take the Short Course will have to notify their decision by the end of the Christmas term to focus the exam preparation. The Short Course qualification is equivalent to A-Level AS.

Pre-U Short Course components:
1. Speaking - 8–10 minutes - 25%
2. Reading, Listening and Writing - 2 hours 15 minutes - 75%
(All four components externally assessed)

Cambridge Pre-U Certificate Principal Course seeks to bring the teaching and learning of French into close contact with the target language culture with authentic language. By giving a solid context both linguistically and culturally within which candidates can develop their linguistic skills and awareness, Cambridge Pre-U strives to move away from the emphasis on classroom language towards an immersion in authentic language and culture. The Pre-U Principal Course is highly regarded by universities, attracts a rewarding UCAS tariff and is compatible with A Levels in other subjects. Its grading system differs from A-Level and it is structured in Distinctions, Merits and Passes, the highest possible grade being a D1
which is considered above the A-Level A*.

Paper 1 Speaking gives students the opportunity to research their chosen topic in depth promoting the development of critical and independent thinking through close engagement with the target language.

Paper 2 Reading and Listening will challenge the students’ comprehension skills. The extensive use of authentic materials will acquaint the candidate with the necessary vocabulary and skills to help the candidate to develop a true feel for the language.

Paper 3 Writing and Usage consists of a discursive essay and a separate usage section.

Paper 4, or the Topics and Texts paper, provides the opportunity to explore at least one cultural topic and one piece of literature in depth, encouraging the student to develop a personal engagement with the culture.

Pre-U Principal Course components:
1 Speaking - 16 minutes - 25%
2 Reading and listening - 2 hours 15 minutes - 25%
3 Writing and usage - 2 hours 15 minutes - 25%
4 *Topics and texts - 2 hours 30 minutes - 25%
(All four components externally assessed)

Entry requirements

GCSE or IGCSE grade A* or A. A modern language can be combined with virtually any other subject.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years