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French Pre-U at King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon

Course description

It is expected that boys will achieve an A* or A grade in GCSE French in order to take this subject in the Sixth Form. A B grade is an absolute minimum. The aim of the syllabus is to enable candidates to develop the language skills needed for effective, sophisticated communication in French and to provide them with an opportunity to gain an insight into contemporary French-speaking societies around the world.

In addition to practising listening and reading, particular attention will be paid to the promotion of accuracy and wealth of structures in the more active speaking skills. Candidates will be encouraged to learn vocabulary in context by engaging personally and building up a portfolio of authentic articles on current affairs.

Scheme of Assessment

All papers below to be taken at the completion of the 2 year course (End of Year 13)

1 Speaking 16 mins 25% Externally assessed

2 Reading and Listening 2hrs 15mins 25% Externally set and marked

3 Writing and usage 2hrs 15mins 25% Externally set and marked

4 Topics and Texts 2hrs 30mins 25% Externally set and marked

Reporting of Achievement

Achievement is reported on a scale of nine grades: D1 (Distinction 1), D2, D3 M1 (Merit 1), M2, M3 P1 (Pass 1), P2, P3 The grade D1 reports achievement above the new A* grade. The intention is to differentiate more finely and extend reporting at the top end, while keeping the grading scale accessible to the full range of ability  urrently achieving passes at A level.

Short Course

There is also a Short Course Certificate which is a standalone certificate to be taken after one year of post-GCSE study (End of Year 12). It is certificated separately. The emphasis will be on effective communication, grammatical accuracy and basic awareness of societies where the target language is spoken.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks - 104 Weeks