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French AQA A Level at Lea Valley High School

Course description

This course has been designed to give you a profound understanding of French language. Not only will you know more about the mechanics of the language, like grammar and vocabulary, but also about how people live and use this language on a day-to-day basis.

A-Level Specification:

The new AQA GCE French specification from September 2016 has been developed in line with the regulatory requirements provided by the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofqual. The content and skills of the new specification build on what you studied at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4, and provide better progression onto further/higher education and employment.

The new specification requires you to develop your ability to write and speak in French with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes, and to understand written or spoken French in a variety of contexts and genres. There will be greater focus on countries and communities where French is spoken to inspire your cultural curiosity.

Course content

You will study technological and social change, diversity and the benefits it brings. You will also study highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema, and learn about political engagement and who wields political power in the French-speaking world. You will explore the influence of the past on present-day French-speaking communities and learn the language in the context of French-speaking countries as well as the issues and influences which have shaped them. You will study texts and film, and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of your choice.

1)      Compulsory content during the first year of A Level:

The changing nature of family - The 'cyber-society' - The place of voluntary work - A culture proud of its heritage - Contemporary francophone music -Cinema: the 7th art form

2)      Additional A Level content:

Positive features of a diverse society - Life for the marginalised - How criminals are treated - Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment -Demonstrations, strikes — who holds the power? - Politics and immigration

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE A* ‐ C including Mathematics and English Language at grade C or better
  • GCSE French at grade B or above

Future opportunities

Students attaining A Level French can progress to study higher level courses, including foundation degrees, undergraduate degrees and/or BTEC Higher Nationals in a wide range of subjects. French speakers can go into a wide range of sectors of employment, including business services, central and local government, education, engineering, banking and financial services, health, medicine and social care, law, manufacturing, marketing, public services, retail, translation and interpreting, voluntary and charity work.

Further information

Further reading:

Un sac de billes - Joseph Joffo

L’étranger - Camus

Le Tartuffe - Molière

Recommended films:

Au revoir les enfants

La Haine

Un long dimanche de fiançailles

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lea Valley High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016
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