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French AS/A2 Level at Heathfield Community College

Course description

The French A level course enables you to build on previous GCSE knowledge in a logical and rewarding way, applying transferable skills in critical thinking and analysis. The course will provide you with inspiring and engaging themes and content which provide clear links to some of the most fundamental and richly diverse aspects of contemporary French culture and society. Popular literary texts and films are also studied during the course offering a further dimension of study into the wider French-speaking world. This course rewards creativity and assessments place an emphasis on spontaneity and grammar as well as providing plenty of opportunities for students to apply their knowledge independently and creatively.

Course content

Year 1

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation (Paper code: 8FR0/01)

This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across both themes: French Society and Politics and the Arts in French culture.

Assessment Information

40% of the qualification Listening exam: students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and sources. Reading: a variety of text types and genres will be used to assess students’ reading comprehension ability. Translation: Students will be required to translate an unseen passage from French into English.

Paper 2: Written response to work, grammar and translation (Paper code: 8FR0/02)

This paper requires students to translate a previously unseen passage and complete a grammar exercise based on one of the two themes. It also draws on the study of one discrete German work: a fim (Das Leben der Anderen).

Assessment Information

30% of the qualification Students translate an unseen passage from English into French followed by a grammar exercise. Students select one question from a choice of two for their chosen film (La vie en rose by Olivier Dahan).

Paper 3: Speaking (Paper code: 8FR0/03)

Students have two tasks to complete within 12-15 minutes with 15 minutes preparation time. The first task requires students to read and respond to two short texts based on the Theme ‘La culture politique et artisitique dans les pays francophones” and then hold a discussion. Task 2 is based on a discussion from the Theme “la culture politique et artisitique dans les pays francophones”.

Assessment Information

30% of the qualification Students will be assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively, summarise and understand written sources in speech, manipulate language accurately and show knowledge and understanding about the culture and society where the language is spoken.

Year 2

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation (Paper Code 9FR0/01)

This written examination draws on vocabulary and structures across all four Themes of the A level course: Changes in the French Society, the Politics and the Arts in the French speaking countries, Immigration and Occupation and Resistance during WW2.

Assessment Information

40% of the qualification Listening exam: students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and sources. Reading: a variety of text types and genres will be used to assess students’ reading comprehension ability. Translation: Students will be required to translate an unseen passage from French into English.

Paper 2: Written response to works and translation (Paper Code: 9FR0/02)

This paper draws on the study of two discrete French works – a French Film: La vie en rose by Olivier Dahan and one literary text: “Boule de Suif” by Guy de Maupassant.

Assessment Information

30% of the qualification Students translate an unseen passage from English into French, write an extended response to a question on a literary text (Boule de Suif) and write an extended response to a question based on a film (La vie en rose).

Paper 3: Speaking (Paper Code: 9FR0/03)

Students have two tasks to complete within 16-18 minutes with 5 minutes preparation time. Students will discuss one theme from the specification based on a stimulus containing two different statements. The second task allows students to present a summary of the key findings of the written sources they have used for their independent research and answer questions on this followed by a wider discussion on their chosen area of research.

Assessment Information

30% of the qualification Students will be assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively, summarise and analyse findings, manipulate language and show knowledge and understanding about the culture and society where the language is spoken.

Entry requirements

A* - B in GCSE French

Assessment

See Course Content for full assessment information.

 

Future opportunities

French A Level can lead to university study in modern foreign languages, either on its own or in combination with another language or subject, for example Law, Engineering, Geography, History, Art and Media. A Level Language courses are highly respected by university admission tutors and potential employers, and may lead to overseas work and travel amongst other things.

Further information

The course combines well with many AS and A level subjects, including English courses, Geography, History, Art, Law, Mathematics, Biology, Music, Drama and Theatre Studies and Film Studies.

Student Views

“Studying French was for me both challenging and rewarding. The topics we covered were so varied and interesting and it was always something that opened up a different perspective of a situation; looking through the world from a French perspective. Although I have not gone into work in web design, I still love speaking French, it's been incredibly useful on holidays to France!” Kieran Karn (Year 13)

“I chose to study AS French because I really enjoyed the subject at GCSE and decided that I wanted to continue learning a language at a higher level and I knew that this course would be an excellent qualification to put on my CV. I really enjoy learning French as our class has a great sense of friendship and community and this enables us to improve our French speaking together.” Caitlin McCarthy (Year 12)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathfield Community College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year AS Level / 2 years A2 Level
  • Course code: Edexcel 8FR0 / 9FRO
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Helen Holmes, 6th Form Pastoral Manager
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01435 866066 ext 1227
    • Email address:
    • hholmes@heathfieldcc.co.uk

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