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French A Level at Gordon's School

Course description

The course is examined at the end of Year 12 and as a whole at end of Y13.

Unit 1: Social Issues and Trends (Y12 and Y13)
Students will study three topics within this unit; Families and citizenship, Youth trends and personal identity and Education and employment opportunities.

Unit 2: Understanding the French speaking world (Y12 and Y13)
For this unit students will study Regional culture and heritage in France, Media, art, film and music in the French speaking world For Y13 this paper excludes Psychopathology but draws in more depth on Biopsychology.

Prescribed works (Y12 and Y13)
Vercors: Le silence de la Mer (Y13) and √Čric Toledano, Olivier Nakache: Intouchables (Y12)

Unit 3: Diversity and difference (Y13 only)
In this unit students will study Migration and integration, cultural identity and marginalization, cultural enrichment and difference and discrimination and diversity

Unit 4: France 1940-1950 (Y13 only)
Students will study June 1940-May 1945, The cultural dimension in occupied France and 1945-1950.

Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirements to join the Sixth Form are:

1.     A minimum of three GCSE grades A* to C plus at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
AND
2.     The grade criteria for individual subjects as outlined on the last page in this booklet.

Note:
Following the publication of GCSE results in August 2017 students may appeal to governors in the event of academic
requirements not being met. 

Assessment

Exam Papers Y12

Paper 1: Speaking
30%
The speaking assessment will last 12-14 minutes in total. In addition, prior to commencement of the assessment candidates will have 15 minutes preparation time.

Paper 2: Listening, Reading and Translation
50%
Stimulus material will be in French, based on the two themes under the areas of interest: social issues and trends and political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture.

Paper 3: Critical response in Writing
20%
Candidates write one essay on one literary work/film that they have studied

Exam Papers Y13

Paper 1: Speaking
30%
The speaking assessment will last 21-23 minutes in total. In addition, prior to commencement of the assessment candidates will have 5 minutes preparation time

Paper 2: Listening, Reading and Translation
50%
Stimulus material will be in French, based on the four themes under the areas of interest: social issues and trends and political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture.

Paper 3: Critical response in Writing
20%
Candidates write an essay of approximately 300 words on each of the two works they have studied. One essay will be based on a literary work and the second on an additional literary work or film from the prescribed list

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gordon's School directly.

Last updated date: 16 May 2017
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