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FRENCH AS/A LEVEL at Beacon Academy (Beacon Community College)

Course description

The GCSE emphasis on the ability to communicate is also central to A level.  The course will enable you to move confidently in a French environment as a sensitive and thoughtful person, aware of social, cultural, commercial and political issues affecting the countries where the foreign language is spoken.  You will be equipped to give your views about what’s happening in the world, but also operate effectively in a foreign work or leisure environment.  By the end, you should be able to understand French intended for native speakers - a tremendous advance on GCSE competence!

 

Course content

Subject Content & Assessment

The skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are introduced through topic areas in AS and A2.

AS French (7651)

 

AS Topics

 

•        Social issues and trends

•        Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture

 

AS   Paper 1

Listening Reading and Writing and Translation into English and into French

 Weighting: 40% AS Level

 1¾ hour

 

 

Paper 2

 

Writing Test

     1Essay on film or book

     2Translation into French

      ( 70 words)          

     Weighting: 30% AS level

    1¼ hours

     

    Paper 3  

    Speaking Test

    Discussion 2 themes

    Weighting: 30% AS Level

    14 minutes

 

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A2 French(7652)

 

 

A2 Topics

  • Social issues and trends
  • Current issues
  • Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture

 

 

A2      Paper 1

 Listening Reading and Writing and Translation into English and into French

Weighting: 40% of A Level

2½ hours

 

Paper 2

 

Writing Test

1Essay on film or book

2 Essay on book

Weighting: 30% of A-level

2hours

                             

Paper 3

Speaking Test 

1 Discussion on stimulus card 5 minutes

2 Presentation and discussion of individual research project

Weighting: 30% A Level 17 minutes

 

 

Learning Methods

Your teachers will often base lessons on authentic magazine or newspaper articles, information brochures or publicity, or on radio or television programmes a variety of language activities will help you to understand foreign material, respond to it, and express your opinions.  Throughout these tasks new vocabulary and new grammar are introduced.  You will speak or write very little English because lessons are about practising realistic communication in the foreign language.  Your willingness to participate orally therefore has a crucial impact on your progress and enjoyment of the subject.  Tasks might include role-play, debating, making individual oral presentations on a chosen topic to the group, and making a video.  Students produce

Essays about the film or and book studied.  Writing involves producing and imaginative essays.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

 

A grade B in GCSE is required to embark on French.  If in any doubt pupils must discuss their potential with their own French teacher.

 

Students are encouraged to take part in a visit to a French speaking country.

 

Students are encouraged to subscribe to a French newspaper (cost £16 approximately) and they may want to purchase one or two literary texts, approximately £10 each.

Assessment

Learning Methods

Your teachers will often base lessons on authentic magazine or newspaper articles, information brochures or publicity, or on radio or television programmes and CD ROM.  A variety of language activities will help you to understand foreign material, respond to it, and express your opinions.  Throughout these tasks new vocabulary and new grammar are introduced.  You will speak or write very little English because lessons are about practising realistic communication in the foreign language.  Your willingness to participate orally therefore has a crucial impact on your progress and enjoyment of the subject.  Tasks might include role-play, debating, making individual oral presentations on a chosen topic to the group, and making a video.  Students produce display work on a variety of contemporary controversial issues.  Writing involves producing factual and imaginative essays.

Financial information

Students are encouraged to take part in a visit to a French speaking country.

 

Students are encouraged to subscribe to a French newspaper (cost £16 approximately) and they may want to purchase one or two literary texts, approximately £10 each.

Future opportunities

Progression

 

French can be combined with a great variety of subjects:  science, commerce, electronics and tourism.  As Britain’s European horizons widen so will the demand for competence in France.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beacon Academy (Beacon Community College) directly.

Last updated date: 08 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: Fr

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