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French Edexcel AS Level at Littleover Community School

Course description

"Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own".

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Current Syllabus Content:

French language, culture of France and other French-speaking countries, practical and valuable transferable study skills. 

Qualities Required:
Students considering this course should:-
  • Have achieved a good grade at GCSE level.
  • Have an interest in languages as well as learning about the culture and history of France and other French-speaking countries. 
  • Have a willingness to communicate both orally and in wilting.
  • Apply important transferable skills from other subjects and GCSE's to persuade, analyse and give critical responses in the foreign language. 

Course content

Theme 1: Social issues and trends
  • Changes to family structures and relationships.
  • The education system and student concerns.
  • The world of work and issues of equality.


Theme 2: Political and cultural life In French-speaking countries

  • Music and its impact on popular culture.
  • Media.
  • Festivals, customs and traditions.



Entry requirements

Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.

We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.

The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set. 

Specific entry requirements:

A* - B at GCSE French


Unit 1: Listening, reading and translation examination

  • Students will be assessed on their understanding of spoken and written French from a variety of types of authentic texts and listening material, as well as their ability to translate accurately from French into English.

Unit 2: Written response to works and translation examination

  • Students will develop a detailed understanding and appreciation of the literary work studied.
  • They will be expected to write critical responses in French to the literature relating to aspects such as the form and the technique of presentation, key concepts and issues and the social context, as appropriate to the book/film studied.
  • Finally, students will manipulate language accurately through translating an unseen passage from English into French.

Unit 3: Speaking examination

  • Students will demonstrate their ability to summarise information from written sources and respond orally to these and to express viewpoints, justify opinions and develop informed arguments relating to the cultural and social context.


Future opportunities

Language skills are highly valued by employers within a wide range of job sectors.

  • "The intellectual challenge of studying languages is in itself hugely enjoyable but our graduates are also highly employable" -Dr Stuart Davis, Senior Lecturer in Spanish at Girton College, University of Cambridge.
  • Just incorporating a language into your degree can set yourself ahead of the rest when applying for jobs once University is over.
  • An A-level language complements a whole variety of subjects. You may need languages for all sorts of career destinations- doctors, psychologists and physiotherapists need language skills to communicate effectively with patients whether they work in the UK or overseas.
  • Studying languages shows a high level of communication skills, the ability to work independently and that you are mature, confident and can easily adapt to different situations and cultures. These skills are essential in the multicultural, global society that we live in.
  • A language degree is 4 years long, as you spend the third year abroad in a foreign country. You'll have many new cultural experiences, such as eating local food, visiting places you'd never heard of and celebrating local traditions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 November 2016

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    • Welcome to Littleover Community School Sixth Form and thank you for visiting our website. The Sixth Form was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in both of their most recent inspections when it was part of the highly successful Millennium Centre Post 16 Partnership along with Derby Moor Community Sports College.

      In September 2013 this partnership came to an end to enable Littleover Community School to deliver its own sixth form courses independently. This coincided with the opening of a brand new, purpose built sixth form centre. We have a reputation for academic excellence with students performing considerably higher than national averages year after year.

      Approximately 95% of our students go on to study at university having completed a range of AS and A level subjects. While we are proud of our high academic standards, we also recognise the importance of providing students with an enjoyable and enriching experience throughout their time in the Sixth Form.  We offer a wide range of enrichment sessions in addition to a detailed tutorial programme designed to broaden the experiences of students, develop students as well rounded individuals and prepare them thoroughly for life at university and beyond.

      For more information about the Sixth Form and what we offer please look at our current prospectus.