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French AS & A Level at Christ The King Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

AS Level

  • Families and citizenships
  • Youth trends and personal identity
  • Education and employment opportunities
  • Regional culture and heritage in France, French speaking countries and communities
  • Media, art, film and music in the French speaking world

A Level

  • Migration and integration 
  • Cultural identity and marginalisation
  • Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference
  • Disrimination and diversity 
  • June 1940 - May 1945
  • The cultural dimension in occupied France
  • 1945 - 1950

Entry requirements

Route 1 - Grade B in French

Route 2 - Grade B in French

Route 3 - Not available


Component 1: Speaking

  • Non-Exam Assessment 
    21 - 23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation) 30% of qualification 60 marks
  • Task 1
    a) Presentation of independent research project (2 minutes) 
    b) Discussion on independent research project (9-10 minutes) This discussion should focus on the content of the research, not the process.
  • Task 2
    Theme-based discussion 5 minutes preparation followed by 5-6 minutes discussion based on a stimulus card comprising an image, a short text and a point for consideration

Component 2: Listening, Reading & Translation
50% of qualification, 100 marks
Stimulus material will be in French, based on the four themes under the areas of interest: social issues and trends and political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture. 

  • Section A: Listening
    Questions which may include true/false statements, multiple choice, questions and answers, a summary/assimilation-style question and comprehension questions in French
  • Section B: Reading
    Questions based on texts provided in a supplementary reading folder which may include true/false statements, gap-fill answers, a summary/assimilation-style question and comprehensio questions in French
  • Section C: Translation
    An unseen passage or passages from French into English plus unseen passage or passages from English into French (each a minimum of 100 words)

Component 3: Critical and Analytical Response in Writing (closed-book)
2 hours, 20% of qualification (40 marks)

Critical and analytical response in writing: Candidates write an essat of approximately 300 words on each of the two works they have studied. One essay will be based on a literary work and the second on an additional literary work or film from the prescribed list (see following page). Candidates will have a choice of two questions for each literary work and film.

Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries or texts in any part of the assessment.

Future opportunities

Foreign language skills improve employability and improve the overall economic competitiveness of the nation in a global economy. 75% of the world population does not speak English at all. It's multilingual world and UK companies are now realising that they need foreign languages to compete when trading internationally. 

Public services and local government now recognise the diversity of UK society, and increasingly need languages when serving our communities. According to recruitment agencies, salary uplift for those using languages at work can be anything from 8% to 20%, depending on how central languages are to the role. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 09 January 2017
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