French Edexcel AS Level at Littleover Community School
"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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Festivals, customs and traditions.
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.
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.