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French A Level at Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth

Course description

Why study French?
Speaking another language can open up a host of opportunities for young people. There are so many options available to you. Here are a few: media, market research, personal assistant, recruiting agency, interpreter, translator, languages teacher, The Foreign Office, travel and tourism industry, engineering, marketing, technology, voluntary and charitable work.

Course content

The specification content covers the two main areas of interest.

Theme 1 (AS) - Being a young person in French-speaking society: Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships/relationships; Youth trends, issues and personal identity; Educational and employment opportunities
Theme 2 (AS) - Understanding the French-speaking world: Regional culture and heritage in France, French-speaking countries and communities; France, Canada, Switzerland and Les Domtoms in Euroopean context; Literature, art, film and music in the French speaking world
Theme 3 (A) - Diversity and difference: Migration and integration; Cultural identity and marginalisation; Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference; Discrimination and diversity.
Theme 4 (A) - France 1940-May 1950: The Occupation and the post-war years: From June 1940-May 1945 (occupation, liberation and end of World War 11), Life in Occupied France and the cultural dimension (theatre, cinema, litterature), 1945-1950: rebuildingand restructuring, Repercussions for modern day France


Year 12

Unit 1:

  • Speaking
  • 12% of A Level
  • 48 marks
  • Task 1
        • Arguing a point of vies based on a written stimulus card
    Task 2
        • Discussion based on a second written stimulus card
  • 15 minutes
        • Task 1: 5-6 minutes
        • Task 2: 7-9 minutes

Unit 2:

  • Listening, reading and translation
  • 15% of A Level
  • 60 marks
  • Task 1
        • Listening
    Task 2
        • Reading
    Task 3
        • Translation - from French into English/Welsh
  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Unit 3:

  • Critical response in writing (closed book)
  • 13% of A Level
  • 52 marks
  • Two essay questions based on the study of one film from the prescribed list
  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Year 13

Unit 4:

  • Speaking
  • 18% of A Level
  • 72 marks
  • Independent research project:
        • Presentation of independent research project
        • Discussion on the content of the independent research project
  • 11-12 minutes

Unit 5:

  • Listening, reading and translation
  • 23% of A Level
  • 92 marks
  • Listening, Reading, Translation - from Welsh to French
  • Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

Unit 6:

  • Critical and analytical response in writing (closed book)
  • 19% of A Level
  • 76 marks
  • Two essay questions - one shorter and one longer question based on the study of the same literary work taken from the prscribed list.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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