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French at Holyhead

Course description

Course Overview

Are you a linguist in the making? Are you good with words? Do you get a thrill out of being able to communicate with others in a language other than English? Being willing to have a go at speaking is a brilliant place to start. The AS Level French course builds on skills you have developed in your GCSE.

A Level French helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in French and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context.

Skills Needed

To succeed in this course you need to be committed, enthusiastic, well organised, curious, creative, adventurous.

Course content

Year 1

Units 1 & 2: Topics below are examined in both units 1 and 2:

TV

Advertising

Communication technology

Cinema

Music

Fashion/trends

Sport/exercise

Health/well being

Holidays

Relations in the family

Friendships

Marriage etc

Year 2
 
Unit 1 & 2: Topics below are examined in both units 3 and 4 except for the study of a film director, which is examined in unit 4 only:
 
Pollution
 
Energy
 
Protection of the planet
 
Immigration
 
Multiculturalism
 
Racism
 
Poverty
 
Crime
 
Science and technology
 
Study of a book
 
Study of a film director

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths

Grade B GCSE in French

Assessment

Year 1

Unit 1 - Listening, Reading and Writing paper, based on topics studied. The listening section is worth 35 marks, three 10 mark questions and one 5 mark question; the reading and writing section is worth 40 marks, three 8 mark questions, one 10 mark and one 6 mark question and the essay is worth 35 marks

Unit 2 - Speaking, again based on topics studied. The speaking unit is worth 50 marks, which represent 30% of the overall AS-level mark and forms 15% of the A2.

Year 2
 
Unit 3 - Listening, Reading and Writing based on the topics studied. The listening section is worth 25 marks, three 6 mark questions and one 7 mark question; the reading and writing section is worth 45 marks, three 10 mark questions, one 7 mark and one 8 mark question and the essay is worth 40 marks.
 
Unit 4 - Speaking based on the book and the film director as well as the topics studied. The speaking unit is worth 50 marks.

Further information

Enrichment Opportunties

There are opportunities to attend Master classes and 'Taster Days' at some of the local universities, trips to the cinema and theatre, Univeristy French Days, trip to France, French conferences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holyhead directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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