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French AS/A Level 3 (Block C) at Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend

Course description

Essential skills

There are 4 skills as previously. However, the two most important skills will be the ability to speak spontaneously in response to a native speaker as well as to write accurately, displaying a sound handling of grammar and idiomatic language.

Course content

Year 1/AS

You will listen and respond to a variety of spoken sources, including authentic sources. You will read and respond to a variety of written texts, including authentic sources, covering different contexts, registers, styles and genres. You will adapt your spoken and written language appropriately for different situations and purposes. You will use the language accurately to express facts and ideas, and to present explanations, opinions and information in both speech and writing. You will study a film in depth.

You will understand and apply the grammatical system and a range of AS structures as well as transfer meaning from the French into English and vice versa without a dictionary. The following topics will be studied with reference to French-speaking countries as well as in a wider, global context as appropriate:

Being a young person in French-speaking society: Families and citizenship; youth trends and personal identity; education and employment opportunities; Understanding the French-speaking world: regional culture and heritage in France, French-speaking countries and communities; media, art, film and music in the French-speaking world.

Year 2

You will use the language to present viewpoints, develop arguments, analyse and evaluate, in speech and writing and you will understand and apply the grammatical system and a range of A Level structures. You will transfer meaning from French into English and vice versa without a dictionary.

You will study aspects of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of one or more of the countries or communities whose language is being studied. You will study a literature book in depth.

The following topics will be studied with reference to French-speaking countries as well as in a wider, global context as appropriate:

Diversity and difference: Migration and integration; cultural identity and marginalisation; cultural enrichment and celebrating difference; discrimination and diversity.

20th Century History of key events & Impact on present times: France 1940-1950 – The Occupation and post-war years; German.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 French although Grade 7 in GCSE is strongly recommended.

Future opportunities

University requirements

Typical offers: Oxbridge – AAA; Exeter – AAB – ABB; Sheffield – ABB

You could go on to do a degree in: French; Business and languages; Marketing with languages; International Marketing; Joint degree that includes a European language and an eastern language such as Chinese, Russian; Management with a language; Languages and Economics; Languages with Hotel Management

Career Options: Business Management; Translator; Civil Servant; Accountant; Human Resources; Events Management; Retailing; Marketing; Customer Services; Linguist; International Marketing; Health Service; Media; Transport and Logistics; Teaching; Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL post grad)

Further information

If you wish to study two foreign languages at A Level you should get two As or A*s at GCSE and a recommendation from your individual teachers. You should also have a reasonable grasp of grammar and enjoy speaking in the foreign language.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 31 October 2017
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