French A Level at The Trinity Catholic School
1 Spoken Expression and Response
Examination – 30% of AS, 15% of A-Level
2 Understanding and Written Response
Examination – 70% of AS, 35% of A-Level
8-10 minutes long speaking test in two parts – first part is response to a
stimulus card which the candidate has 15 minutes to prepare, and the second
part is general discussion leading on from the stimulus card.
You choose a topic from one of the general topic areas in the specification and
when you arrive for the test you are given a text. You have time to prepare the
text. You then answer questions directly on the text and this develops into a
wider conversation on the text and its allied sub-topics. There are no roleplays
or presentations to prepare. You are expected to give relevant and appropriate
information, convey opinions, interact and respond to a range of questions.
This is split into 3 secitons:
1. 45 minutes listening test
2. 45 minutes reading test
3. 1 hour written test.
You have to manage your own time so that all questions are answered in the
given time. You have control over your listening tracks and can listen to them
as many times as you want. There are 4 listening texts of various lengths, 3
reading texts of various lengths, and the final question is a piece of writing.
This is usually a letter or an article and you are given a stimulus in the target
language to give you some ideas. The general topic areas must be studied in
preparation for this paper.
3 Understanding and Spoken Response
Examination - 35% of A2, 17.5% of A-Level
4 Research, Understanding and Written Response
Composition coursework – 65% of A2, 32.5% of A-Level
11-13 minutes long. You choose an issue that is related to the French speaking
world that is probably controversial, you prepare a spoken introduction, saying
what the topic is and what your stance on the issue is, and then the rest of the
test will be a conversation and interaction between you and the teacher who
will initially debate your topic with you and offer an alternative view. The
conversation will then cover linked sub topics and the conversation will then
move away from the chosen stance. You will be expected to be able to use the
language of debate, argument and hypothesis to put forward your view points.
You will also be expected to have some facts and figures relating to your topic.
This unit demands a high level of written French. The exam is in three parts;
1. Translation into the target language 2. Discursive essay
3. Research-based essay on a film, book or cultural topic
The first is a short translation of about 80 words, from English into French.
The second question is an essay where you are assessed on your skills on
setting out a coherent argument as well as your accuracy. The third question
is what is called the research-based essay. Throughout year 13 you will have
carried out some independent research on a work of literature, a film, or topic
area to do with the target – language country. These must be drawn from the
AS general topic areas and the addition of three new ones for A2 –
• customs, traditions, beliefs and religions
• national and international events past, present and future
• literature and the arts
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Trinity Catholic School directly.