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A level French at Garforth Academy

Course description


French is in interesting and exciting subject to study at A-level. You will be able to express your opinions in detail and argue your point of view. Studying A-level encourages your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary to such an extent that you are able to do this competently.

The A-level French classes at Garforth Academy are small which enables a lot of individual support and discussion in a friendly and supportive environment. French is a facilitating subject (highly desired by many Russell group universities) and serves as very good foundation for future life.

An A-level in French links closely with many other subjects choices such as history, media, sociology and RE. It will also improve your general knowledge and awareness of other cultures.

Studying will encourage you to be able to speak and write confidently about current affairs and everyday topics in this language.

Course content

The subject content is based around 4 key themes that are covered across the two years. They are:

1.Being a young person in French-speaking society.

2. Understanding the French-speaking World.

3. Diversity and difference.

4. France 1940-50: The Occupation & Post-war years.

The qualification is made up of five units that are examined across the two years and incorporate these key themes. The assessments test a combination of speaking, reading, writing and listening skills that demonstrate an understanding of the countries in which French is spoken.

Unit 1: Speaking: 12-15 minutes (+ prep.) - 12% of grade

Students will argue from a point of view and have a discussion about key themes 1 and 2.

Unit 2: Listening, reading, translation and critical response: 2 ½ hours - 28% of grade

The stimulus material is based on social issues & trends and political, intellectual & artistic culture. Students will study a French film to prepare for part of this exam.

Unit 3: Speaking: 11-12 minutes – 18% of grade

Students will undertake an independent research project, which they will present and have a discussion about.

Unit 4: Listening, reading and translation: 1 ¾ hours – 30% of grade

The stimulus material is the same as in Unit 2 and there are separate sections for each skill.

Unit 5: Critical & Analytical response in writing: 1 ½ hours – 12% of grade

Students must produce a critical & analytical response to an example of French literature studied over the year.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grades 9-4 including English Language. Grade 6 in French



100% Exam - 3 Exams and 2 speaking tests.

Future opportunities

The world is your oyster. Choosing French A-level will give you increased access to international companies in a global job market. Most degree courses appreciate students who have taken a language. In many universities you can also combine your French degree with another subject such as Law.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 November 2018
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