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French AQA AS and A Level at Larkmead School

Course description

This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 onwards. If a student completes the two year A level course then it is only assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade.

Course content


Paper 1: Listening, Reading and translation into English 

Paper 2: Writing : translation into target language; one essay on a set text or film

Paper 3: Speaking: discussion of 2 sub-themes based on a stimulus card for each theme.

The AS course covers the following topic areas:

  • Current trends in aspects of Fr/Ger/Sp-speaking society
  • Artistic cultures in the Fr/Ger/Sp- speaking world


Paper1: Listening,Reading,Translation into English and target language 

Paper 2: Writing: two essay questions, either on one set text and one film, or two on set texts

Paper 3: Speaking: discussion of one sub-theme based on a stimulus card and a presentation and discussion of an individual research project 

The A-Level course covers the following topic areas: 

  • Social issues and trends in aspects of Fr/Ger/Sp- speaking society
  • Political and artistic cultures in the Fr/Ger/Sp-speaking world 


How you will learn: 

You will read articles from magazines and websites, listen to music, watch films, discuss important news items, share your opinions, read set texts and develop a thorough understanding of the language and how it works.


Skills you will need:

  • Willingness to contribute to class discussions
  • Task resilience
  • Self-challenging
  • Independent learning and self-organisation
  • An interest in the language and culture of the country
  • A strong understanding of GCSE grammar


Entry requirements

To study AS/A Levels you will normally need: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above.


AS and A- Level

Paper 1- 40% Listening, Reading , Translation

Paper 2- 30% Writing

Paper 3- 30% Speaking

Future opportunities

Language skills go beyond language learning and turn into a variety of skills transferable in other skills. Languages add a flair of uniqueness to your CV. Travel and working both abroad and in Britain in companies such as BMW, Miele, Peugeot.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 September 2016

Key information


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    • Larkmead School is part of the Abingdon 14-19 consortium. As we are part of a consortium, students have the opportunity to select a range of A-level subjects spread across the three Abingdon secondary schools. Each subject is taught by experienced staff with excellent results.


      In addition to academic study, Larkmead sixth form students engage in a Personal development curriculum as well as sessions based on study skills, culture and careers advice. Every student is offered individual advice and guidance about the next phase of their education whether that be university, apprenticeships or paid employment.


      During study periods, students are expected to study in either the designated sixth form area in the Learning Resource Centre or allocated study rooms. Between lessons, students can relax in the sixth-form common room which boasts a range of facilities.


      There is a well-structured enrolment and induction process for students wishing to join the sixth form, starting with a Consortium 16-19 Information Evening as well as a meeting for prospective students in November, followed by a meeting for prospective parents in March, and an induction day in the summer after the GCSE exams are finished. Once students have received their exam results in August, there are a number of enrolment clinic sessions to help students choose their courses and followed by a brief induction period before lessons commence.