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French A Level at Keswick School

Course description

French combines well with a whole host of other subjects. It can be of particular use to students who are studying science, history, business studies, geography and arts/humanities subjects – in other words, it goes well with all subjects either as a specialism or as a ‘second string to your bow’.

During the course, we actively encourage students to take part in the work experience programme run by Halsbury. It adds so much to your French learning experience and encourages you to actually use it in real life, which in turn strengthens your own language development.

Course content

Component 1: speaking exam. 30% of the qualification, 2 tasks. Task 1: presentation of an independent research project and a discussion on the content of the research project. Task 2: a discussion based on a stimulus card relating to one of the themes studied.

Component 2: listening, reading and translation from French into English and English into French: 50% of the qualification.

Component 3: critical and analytical response in writing. 20% of the qualification. It comprises two essays: one based on a literary work and the second on an additional literary work or film from a prescribed list. You are not permitted to use dictionaries or texts in any part of the assessment.

Entry requirements

The ideal student will have found GCSE in French quite straightforward and enjoyable. The course aims to build on knowledge gained at GCSE, studying topics in greater depth and maturity. Grade B or higher in GCSE French is preferred.

Assessment

Component 1: speaking exam Component 2: listening, reading and translation Component 3: critical and analytical response

Future opportunities

French combines well with a whole host of other subjects. It can be of particular use to students who are studying science, history, business studies, geography and art/humanities subjects – in other words it goes well with all subjects either as a specialism or as a ‘second string to your bow’.

Many degree subjects now offer the opportunity to spend some of the time abroad, thus gaining a qualification recognised in two countries e.g. Law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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