A Level French at Grindon Hall Christian School - GHCS
This course will give you an insight into another culture and society and facilitate foreign travel. It will also develop awareness and understanding of contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken.
The 8 topics that are taught on this two year A Level course are:
1. Media (television, advertising, communication technology).
2. Popular Culture (cinema, music, fashion/trends).
3. Healthy Living/Lifestyle (sport/exercise, health and well-being, holidays).
4. Family/Relationships (relationships within the family, friendships, marriage/partnerships).
5. Environment (pollution, energy, protecting the planet).
6. The Multicultural Society (immigration, integration, racism).
7. Contemporary Social Issues (wealth and poverty, law and order, scientific and technological progress).
8. A Cultural Topic (either a period of the 20th century history, an author, a dramatist or poet, a director, architect, musician or painter from a target language-speaking country/community) .
Minimum entry requirements are in line with the School’s admission policy, but at least a grade B in GCSE French is recommended.
Assessment takes place at the end of the first and second year of the course. You will sit two exams in the summer exam season the first year. The Unit 1 paper (Listening, Reading and Writing) is worth 110 marks (70% of AS, 35% of A-Level), is 2 hours in length and contains short answer questions as well as essay questions. The Unit 2 paper (Speaking) is worth 50 marks (30% of AS, 15% of A-Level) and is 35 minutes in length (including 20 minutes preparation). You will also sit two exams in the summer exam season in the second year. The Unit 3 paper (Listening, Reading and Writing) is worth 110 marks (35% of A-Level), is 2 hours 30 minutes in length and contains short answer questions as well as essay questions. The Unit 4 paper (Speaking) is worth 50 marks (15% of A-Level) and is 35 minutes in length (including 20 minutes preparation).
Higher Education Opportunities
Languages are a very popular choice for students at university. The majority of universities offer combined degrees with a language.
Interpreter, Translator, Secondary School Teacher, Primary School Teacher, Further Education lecturer, Teacher (abroad), Financial Manager, Public Relations.
You can download the specification for this course and sample assessment material (past exam papers) from www.aqa.org.uk. You are strongly recommended to look through these so that you are fully informed about the course and what you will learn to see if it is right for you.
Complementary subjects at A Level
English, History, Art and Geography.
Mr M Jambon
Head of Languages
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Grindon Hall Christian School - GHCS directly.