French A Level at Beaminster School
The course aims to enhance students’ linguistic skills and promote and develop their capacity for critical thinking on the basis of their knowledge and understanding of the language, culture and society of the France or countries where French is spoken.
The course begins with topics that will be familiar to students from GCSE, such as family life and information technology and moves on to more complex topics such as crime, wealth and poverty. Students will also study a film and/or a literary text about which they will write an analytical essay. The spoken component of the AS exam will be examined by responses to stimulus cards based on topics covered during the course while, A-level students will in addition be asked questions on a personal research topic.
While the language used as GCSE level is mainly descriptive and narrative, A level students learn to give and justify opinions as well as to debate and argue causes and concerns.
All students are given the opportunity to work with native French speakers and French is used almost exclusively in the lessons and considerable use is made of group discussion, pair work and role play techniques.
Year 1 (AS and A Level)
Core content: Aspects of French-speaking society and Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing: students answer questions on spoken passages as well as written texts in French and translate a short passage from French to English.
Paper 2: Writing: Students answer a question about the set text or film.
Paper 3: Speaking Test: Discussion of two sub-themes with the discussion based on a stimulus card for each sub-theme. The student studies the card for 15 minutes before the test begins.
Year 2 (A Level)
Core content: Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues, Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world in addition to the AS themes outlined above.
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing: students answer questions on spoken passages as well as written texts in French, translate a passage from French to English and another from English to French
Paper 2: Writing: students answer either one question in French on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in French on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in French on set texts.
Paper 3: Speaking Test: in addition to a discussion of a sub-theme based on a stimulus card, the student presents and discusses an individual research project.
French GCSE Grade B.
Students who have not gained this grade May be considered at the discretion of the Head of 6th Form, and may find it a Challenging task.
The AS and A-level qualifications are completely separate.
Paper 1 – 1 hr 45, 80 marks, 40%
Paper 2 – 1 hr 15, 60 marks, 30%
Paper 3 – 14 mins (+15 mins prep), 60 marks, 30%
Paper 1 – 2 hr 30, 160 marks, 40%
Paper 2 – 2 hrs, 90 marks, 30%
Paper 3 – 23 mins (+5 mins prep), 60 marks, 30%
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beaminster School directly.