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French at Chestnut Grove Academy

Course description

Learning French at A-level gives you an advantage in the world of work as companies are continuing to expand globally and will be looking for staff that can fit into this environment. This one year course builds on your GCSE knowledge of French and is suitable for students who have got a good grade at GCSE or are native speakers. The course is designed to teach you to converse confidently as well as understand a variety of authentic written and recorded materials.

WHICH SKILLS WILL YOU ACQUIRE?

·         Ability to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the target language for a range of purposes

·         Ability to communicate with speakers of the language

·         Ability to use the target language accurately to express facts and ideas , and to present explanations, opinions and information in both speech and writing

·         Ability to understand and apply the grammatical system and a range of structures in the target language

·         Ability to transfer meaning from English into the target language and/or vice versa.

Course content

LEVEL: AS Level

UNIT: 1 - Spoken expression and response in the target language

GRADE WEIGHTING: 30% AS Level (15% of A Level)

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LEVEL: AS Level

UNIT: 2 - Understanding and written response in the target language

GRADE WEIGHTING: 70% AS Level (35% of A Level)

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LEVEL: A2 ( A Level)

UNIT: 3 - Understanding and spoken response in the target language

GRADE WEIGHTING: 35% of A2 (17.5% of A Level)

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LEVEL: A2 ( A Level)

UNIT: 4 - Research understanding and written response in the target language

GRADE WEIGHTING: 65% of A2 (32.5% of A Level)

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Entry requirements

5 A*-C passes at GCSE, preferably with grade ‘B’ or above at GCSE

Assessment

Examinations at the end of year 12 and year 13

Future opportunities

Having a good grade at languages A-level is highly rated by top universities and you could combine it with any degree at university level to allow you to travel aboard to a country where that language is spoken.

WHICH CAREER PATHWAYS EXIST AFTER STUDYING THIS SUBJECT?

·         Translating 

·          Interpreting

·          Work for international organisations

·         Teaching

·          Journalism and media

Further information

WHICH SUBJECTS COMPLEMENT THIS COURSE?

·          English

·          History

·          Sociology

·          Music

·          Art

Contact Ms Holding – hholding@chestnutgrove.wandsworth.sch.uk

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chestnut Grove Academy directly.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year AS followed by one year A2 with 5 lessons a week

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