French at The Hollyfield School and Sixth Form Centre
The AQA specification has a number of modules to study. At AS there is
- Personal relationships
- Lifestyle and holidays
- Popular culture
At A2 study includes
- Multicultural society
- The Environment
- Contemporary social issues
The two cultural topics include the work of Jean-Pierre Jeunet and the autobiography of Azouz Begag.
AS Course The course is made up of 2 units.
Unit 1: Spoken Expression & Response in French (Externally Assessed) This unit rewards students for their ability to converse in French on a general topic area that they have chosen in advance. Students will be expected to give relevant and appropriate information, convey opinions, interact and respond to a range of questions. Knowledge of the chosen general topic area in relation to France or other French-speaking countries will not be assessed, although students are free to demonstrate this.
Students will choose from one of the following general topic areas:
• Youth Culture and concerns
• Lifestyle, health and fitness
• The World around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the French speaking world
• Education and employment
This unit is examined in May and is worth 30% of the final AS grade.
Unit 2: Understanding & Written Response in French (Externally Assessed) This unit requires students to convey their understanding of French language texts and recordings. In addition, students will need to produce an essay to demonstrate an ability to manipulate the French language in continuous writing in relation to the prescribed general topic areas. As with unit 1, knowledge of the general topic areas in relation to France or other French-speaking countries will not be assessed. Listening element: Recordings will relate to French speaking countries or communities and exploit contemporary sources. These may include phone messages, advertisements, interviews, discussions conversations and the internet. The recording will last five minutes. Reading element: Sources used will be contemporary such as magazines, newspapers, the internet, reports and books relating to both the contemporary society and cultural heritage of French speaking countries or communities. This unit is examined in June and is worth 70% of the final AS grade.
A2 Course: The grade from AS is carried forward and accounts for 50% of the final A grade. The course is made up of 2 further units:
Unit 3: Understanding & Spoken Response in French (Externally assessed) This unit requires students to demonstrate the effectiveness of their Frenchlanguage skills through orally presenting and taking a clear stance on any issue of their choice. They will be expected to defend their views and sustain discussion as the teacher examiner moves away from the chosen issue. This unit is examined in June and is worth 17.5% of the final A level grade.
Unit 4: Research, Understanding & Written Response in French (Externally Assessed) This unit requires students to demonstrate skills in advanced level French writing (discursive or creative essay) and translation from French to English. The unit also requires students to demonstrate evidence of independent, advanced level French-language reading and research linked to an area of particular interest and the culture and/or society of a French-speaking country, countries or community.
In addition to the general topic areas for AS, assessment materials will draw upon the following general topic areas.
• Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions
• National and international events; past, present and future
• Literature and the arts Research-based essay This is directly linked to the culture and/or society of a French speaking country or community. It encourages wide reading, creativity and personal initiative. Students have choice of content and title so that they are able to present and summarise their research from their own personal perspective. The essay must reflect their views and opinions and have an analytical or evaluative dimension. During the research phase, students should refer to a variety of resources including text books, reference books, the internet, audio-visual media etc. This unit is examined in June and is worth 32.5% of the final A level grade
Minimum grade B at GCSE in French.
At both AS and A2 there is a Speaking exam and and Reading and Writing Exam.
There will be the opportunity to visit France.
The Careers and Courses linked to languages are varied and numerous. At University level, languages can be studied with a large variety of subjects e.g. Drama, Media Studies, Business Studies, English, Film Studies, even Chemistry.
An Advanced qualification in a language can lead you into a career in
• Hotel Management
• International Law
• Politics/Diplomatic Service
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hollyfield School and Sixth Form Centre directly.