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French AS & A Level at Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School

Course description

From 2017, AS and A Level will count as two separate qualifications. Students can therefore opt to sit an AS Level exam at the end of Year 12 or take the A‐Level exam at the end of Year 13.Both exams consist of three different papers assessing Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking skills.

Students are expected to use their initiative and develop as independent learners.The department subscribes to a number of online resources and students are expected to regularly engage with French culture outside of lessons. They should read authentic texts, watch films and listen to French music outside of the classroom.Students should aim to go on the exchange and consider completing a week’s work experience in France organised by an external agency.

Course content

Content is based on the topic areas drawing from the Social Issues and Trends, Artistic Culture, Literary works and texts as well as Grammar.  

AS Level

  • Aspects of French‐speaking society
    The changing nature of family, ‘Cyber‐society’. Place of voluntary work.
  • Artistic culture in the French‐ speaking world
    A culture proud of its heritage, contemporary francophone music, Cinema: the 7th art form.
  • Literary texts and films
    Students will study either one text or one film from a published selection.

A‐Level

  • Aspects of French‐speaking society
    The changing nature of family, ‘Cyber‐society’. Place of voluntary work.
  • Aspects of French‐speaking society
    Positive features of a diverse society. Life for the marginalised. How criminals are treated.
  • Artistic culture in the French‐speaking world
    A culture proud of its heritage, contemporary francophone music, Cinema: the 7th art form.
  • Aspects of political life in the French‐speaking world
    Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment, Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power? Politics and immigration
  • Literary texts and films
    Students will either study one text and one film or two texts from a published selection.

Students will also undertake an individual research project of their choice based on French‐speaking society.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B (or grade 6 in English and Mathematics) is required to have a free choice of A‐ Level courses.   We would anticipate that you would achieve a minimum of GCSE grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.
  • Students will be expected to achieve at least a grade B in the subjects they choose to take and this will be applied rigidly to Mathematics, Further Mathematics, the Sciences and Modern Foreign Languages.   

Assessment

Examining Body and exam format: AQA

AS Level

  • Paper 1‐Listening, Reading and Writing.
    Written Exam: 1hr 45mins 90 marks 45% of AS.
  • Paper 2‐Written Exam based on text or film studied
    1 hr 30mins 50 marks 25% of AS.
  • Paper 3‐Speaking.
    Oral Exam based on topics studied 12‐14 minutes 60 marks 30% of AS.

A Level

  • Paper 1‐Listening, Reading and Writing.
    Written Exam:2 hrs 30 mins 100 marks 50% of A‐Level.
  • Paper 2‐ Written Exam based on text and film or two texts studied
    2 hrs 80 marks 20% of A‐Level.
  • Paper 3‐Speaking.
    Oral Exam based on topics studied
    Independent Research Project. 21‐23 minutes 60 marks 30% of A‐Level.

Future opportunities

A good command of a foreign language will be a great asset to you on university courses and in many different spheres of employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2016
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