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French A Level at Herne Bay High School

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The course aims to broaden knowledge and understanding of French grammar, vocabulary and culture in order to develop the ability to understand and respond with confidence. The AQA A-level course offers flexibility in that students are encouraged to research a topic of their own choice from popular culture and the arts.

Owing to the demanding nature of this course, students will need to have gained at least Grade B/5 in GCSE French.

As well as being genuinely interested in France and its language and unique culture, post-16 French students must be prepared to read widely and write independently. Ideally, students will show an interest in foreign-language film, radio and television. The study of any foreign language demands a high level of commitment.

AS and A-level French is a useful qualification which can open doors to a very wide range of professions including international relations, law, government and intelligence agencies, the police, teaching, management, translation, travel, tourism and hospitality and even computer game-production. This is an academic subject which is very highly valued by universities and employers.

Employment statistics show that those who leave university with a language fare significantly better than those without. - The Independent.

To have another language is to possess a second soul. - Charlemagne.

Entry requirements

Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of A*- C/9-4, including Maths, English (minimum Grade 4) and French minimum grade 5/B

Assessment

AS level (7651)

Assessment and Due Date Examination in summer term of Year 12.

Paper 1

Listening, Reading & Writing

Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world.

•• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

•• 90 marks •• 45 % of AS

Paper 2

Writing

One text or one film from the lists in the specification.

•• Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

•• 50 marks •• 25 % of AS

Paper 3

Speaking

One sub-theme from Aspects of French-speaking

society: current trends and one sub-theme from Artistic culture in the French-speaking world.

•• Oral exam: 12 – 14 minutes

•• 60 marks •• 30 % of AS

A-level (7652)

Assessment and Due Date Examination in summer term of Year 13.

Paper 1

Listening, Reading & Writing

Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends.

Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues.

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world.

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world.

•• Written exam: 2 hrs 30 minutes

•• 100 marks•• 50 % of A-level

Paper 2

Writing

One text or one film from the lists in the specification.

•• Written exam: 2 hours

•• 80 marks in total •• 20 % of A-level

Paper 3

Speaking

Individual research project.

One of four sub-themes ie Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends, Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the French speaking world, Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world.

•• Oral exam: 21 – 23 minutes (inc

5 minutes’ preparation time)

•• 60 marks in total •• 30 % of A-level

 

Financial information

There may be a charge for trips or visits etc.

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 May 2018
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