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French - AS / A level at King Edward VI CEVC Upper School

Course description

This course will appeal to those students who:

  • are interested in languages and communication and enjoy learning about other cultures and ways of life
  • are interested in the business world, in travel or tourism, in literature, or in journalism and the media.

Course content

The course will help you to develop your general study skills, but most of all you will learn to communicate at a higher level in the language that you have chosen.

You will also learn much more about a wide range of aspects of the society or societies in which the language is spoken.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in French

Assessment

AS Level

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

What’s assessed

• Aspects of French-speaking society

• Artistic culture in the French -speaking world

• Grammar How it’s assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes. 80 marks. 40% of AS

Paper 2: Writing

What’s assessed

• One text or one film from the lists in the specification

• Grammar How it’s assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes. 60 marks. 30% of AS

Paper 3: Speaking

What’s assessed

One sub-theme from Aspects of French-speaking society and one sub-theme from Artistic culture in the French-speaking world.

How it’s assessed

• Oral exam: 12–14 minutes. 60 marks. 30% of AS

A Level

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

What’s assessed

• Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

• Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

• Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

• Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

• Grammar

How it’s assessed

• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes. 160 marks in total. 40% of A level

Paper 2: Writing

What’s assessed

• One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification

• Grammar How it’s assessed

• Written exam: 2 hours. 90 marks in total. 30% of A-level.

Paper 3: Speaking

What’s assessed

• Individual research project

• One of four sub-themes ie Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends, Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the French-speaking world, Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world How it’s assessed

• Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time). 60 marks in total. 30% of A-level

Future opportunities

  • There will be a range of opportunities. Some students choose to do degree courses in languages; others choose to pursue a higher education course in another subject, but choose a language option alongside it.
  • Having a language at AS or A Level will certainly improve your employability, in particular with companies which have international branches.
  • Whether you are interested in continuing your studies or working at home or abroad, a language course at AS or A Level is an excellent step towards achieving your goals.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI CEVC Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2016
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