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French A-Level at St Leonards Catholic School

Course description

The benefit of studying French to Advanced Level is that a student finally has the opportunity to branch out and communicate authentically in the target language. In addition to being able to speak and understand ‘real’ French, students also have the opportunity to discuss a variety of contemporary issues such as Marriage, Racism, Health, Environment, Advertising, Fashion and Music.

Course content

THE AS COURSE
 
The course builds on and extends GCSE knowledge through the following topics:
  • Media.
  • Popular Culture.
  • Healthy Living and Lifestyle.
  • Family and Relationships.
These topic areas form the basis for assessment:
 
Unit 1 : Listening, Reading and Writing.
Unit 2 : Speaking (stimulus card and conversation).
 
THE A2 COURSE
 
The course builds on the skills learnt at AS level and is based on the following topics:
  • Environment.
  • Multi-cultural society (e.g. immigration, racism).
  • Contemporary social issues (e.g. wealth and poverty, crime, science, modern technology).
  • Cultural topic.
These topic areas form the basis for A2 assessment:
 
Unit 3: Listening, reading and writing.
Unit 4: Speaking (discussion and conversation).

Entry requirements

  • each applicant must achieve at least eight GCSE or equivalent Level 2 Qualification passes at grade A*-G
  • each applicant must achieve at least five GCSE passes1 at grade A*-C
  • each applicant must achieve at least four GCSE B grades including at least a grade B2 in each subject to be taken at AS Level (see course entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy).
  • any applicant wishing to study a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) at AS Level must achieve at least a grade B in GCSE Additional Science if taking double science rather than separate sciences. If taking separate sciences then the applicant must achieve at least a grade B in the science subject to be taken at AS Level.
  • any applicant wishing to study a subject at AS that they are not currently studying at GCSE must consult the list of entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy.
  • any applicant currently studying a subject at GCSE that they wish to continue to study at AS must achieve at least a grade B in that subject at GCSE.
  • each applicant must study a minimum of four AS Level courses to completion in Year 12 and a minimum of three A2 Level courses to completion in Year 13.
  • each applicant must study the General Religious Education Course to completion

Future opportunities

Each year a number of students apply to read French and/or German at university, but Languages also feature on the short list of seven “traditional academic subjects” on advisory material for Oxbridge admission and in their words: The study of A level French and German is, therefore, to be recommended as a useful, and potentially lucrative, skill for later in life, but also as advantageous for those who wish to apply for some of the traditional academic courses at our top universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Leonards Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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