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French GCSE Linear at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

Which languages can I learn at Comberton? If you have been following a Spanish course only since Year 7 then you can: a) continue your Spanish up to GCSE. b) follow an ASSET Spanish course; this is a more flexible assessment model which can accredit between ΒΌ to full GCSE in 1 to 4 skills. c) embark upon the COPE International Award which is a portfolio-based course involving a study of Spanish language and culture. There is the opportunity to access both Level 1 and Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) qualifications within this course. d) choose the Study Support with Spanish option which involves one period per week of Spanish. This will be both teacher-led and computer-assisted and will lead to an ASSET qualification at pre-GCSE level. If you have been studying both Spanish since Year 7 and either French or German since Year 8, you can: a) continue with both languages up to GCSE level; b) continue with either Spanish, French or German up to GCSE level. If you have been learning a language as part of the CULP programme then you may continue your study of the language you have been learning on the Year 9 CULP programme to GCSE ( with or without carrying on the other languages you studied in Years 7-9). Alternatively you may wish to choose to follow the Fast Track GCSE in Spanish which is designed to cater for those pupils who would like to follow two languages to GCSE level but also have other options they want to take. This course is delivered through weekly after-school sessions instead of during normal lessons. Pupils will need to be highly motivated, independent learners to follow the Fast Track course. GCSE Specifications In all three language options (Spanish, French and German), pupils will be assessed in the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. Speaking and Writing are each worth 30% of the final grade, whereas Listening and Reading are each worth 20%. The course combines both continuous and terminal assessments. Listening (20%) and Reading (20%) Listening and Reading exams will be taken at the end of year 11. Pupils can be entered for Higher Tier (grades A*-C) or Foundation Tier (grades C-G) for listening and reading papers. To prepare for the listening, pupils listen to authentic material from course books, websites, exam material and other sources and respond in a variety of ways to demonstrate their understanding. These include multiple-choice, gap-filling, and questions in the target language and English. To prepare for the reading, pupils read from a range of sources, including course book texts, newspaper and magazine articles, websites, brochures, advertisements, menus and notices. Comprehension is tested through a range of tasks and exercises. Speaking (30%) and Writing (30%) Pupils are assessed on their speaking and writing skills at intervals during years 10 and 11. To prepare for the speaking, pupils will participate in conversation and role-plays on a wide range of topics in class. They will also prepare speaking presentations on chosen topics. Pupils will be formally assessed on at least two speaking tasks during years 10 and 11 which will contribute 30% of their final GCSE grade. Written tasks will include writing formal and informal emails and letters, postcards, magazine interviews, narratives, and producing brochures and posters. Pupils will be formally assessed on two writing pieces which are marked by the exam board and contribute 30% of their final GCSE grade. Topics/Themes Topics covered during the 2-year course will include Family and Relationships, Health, Free time, Media and Culture, Travel and Tourism, Home and local area, Environment, Education, Work and Employment, and Future Plans. Homework/Independent study Pupils are expected to complete regular homework assignments. These will include learning vocabulary and verb formations, practice in the use of grammatical structures, reading and writing exercises and more extended pieces of writing. It is extremely important for pupils to have access to a bilingual dictionary and/or reference materials on the internet to assist them with language homework.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in Modern Languages and specialise in French or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification. With further training, you could go into a job related to Languages such as a Teacher, Translator, or you may wish to use your French qualification to study or work over in France. You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.

Further information

Contact Enquiries for further information. Delivery: Usually as part of a full-time programme

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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