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French A Level at Dartford Grammar School for Girls

Course description

French (AQA)

The A level French course focuses on language, culture and society.
It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication,
critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to
the individual and society.

The approach is a focus on how French -speaking society has been
shaped, socially and culturally, and how it continues to change. In the
first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects
of the artistic life of French-speaking countries, In the second year
further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing
on Issues, such as life for those on the margins of French-speaking
society as well as looking at the positive influences that diversity brings.

Social issues and trends
Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
• The changing nature of family
• The 'cyber-society'
• The 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
Political and artistic culture
Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
• Positive features of a diverse society
• Life for the marginalised
• How criminals are treated
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

The aim is to develop students' competence in all four skills. Students
will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and
will be closely monitored and fully supported by two teachers.

Entry requirements

Grade 7 French.


Paper 1: Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 100 marks.
Paper 2: Written exam: 2 hours, 80 marks.
Two books from the list of set texts or one book from the list of set
texts and one film.
Paper 3: Speaking: Speaking test: 21-23 minutes (including 5
minutes' preparation time at the start of the test), 60 marks.

Future opportunities

A huge variety. The only ones not available are those with very restrictive subject entry requirements.

Further information

A huge variety. Specialist linguist careers or others where there is an international element or communication is key. Linguists are amongst the most employable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dartford Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2017
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