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French A Level at Thurston Community College

Course description

Year One

Year One specification has two units, and the course covers:

Aspects of French-speaking society:
- Current trends
- The changing nature of the family
- The ‘cyber-society’
- The place of voluntary work

Artistic culture:
- Literary texts
- Contemporary francophone music
- Cinema

Year Two

The Year Two specification has three units, and the course covers:

Social issues and trends:
- Positive features of a diverse society
- Life for the marginalised
- How criminals are treated

Political and artistic culture:
- Literary texts
- Contemporary francophone music
- Cinema
- Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
- Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
- Politics and immigration

Entry requirements

Entry GCSE: B in French Higher Tier

Assessment

Year 1:
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing - Candidates answer a range of questions from listening and reading material and then translate a text from French into English.

Paper 2: Writing - Candidates answer one essay question on a set text or a film.

Paper 3: Speaking - Candidates discuss two French-language stimulus cards from the two different Year One themes

All units will be externally examined in May/June Year Two

Year 2:
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing - Candidates answer a range of questions from listening and reading material and then translate one text from French into English and one from English into French.

Paper 2: Writing - Candidates answer two questions on cultural topics – either one on a film and one on a text or two on two texts

Paper 3: Speaking - Candidates discuss a stimulus card, offer a presentation and answer questions on an individual research project they have undertaken.

All units will be externally examined in May/June Year Two.

Future opportunities

Combines with many subjects at university (e.g. Business, Law, Journalism, Finance, Economics, History) and is a course in its own right. A Modern Foreign Language is viewed as a life-skill by multi-national companies in all areas seeking flexible employees who are able to work in or travel to other countries. Study of a Modern Foreign Language enhances communication and social skills, enables one to think more critically and logically and is viewed by many universities as a discipline that demonstrates the resilience and considerable academic capability of the student concerned. Interpreting or translating are possibilities for language graduates. Some may wish to teach or lecture. Other career areas where languages are an asset include international law, international finance, journalism, the travel industry, the foreign office(MI5 or MI6!) and EU work(even after BREXIT!!).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 March 2017
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