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French A Level at Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy

Course description

You will continue to build on the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing developed at AS-Level. There are three topic areas: Environment (pollution, energy, protecting the planet), the Multicultural Society (immigration, integration, racism), and a Cultural Topic (drawn from options such as a study of a period in history, a playwright, director, artist or composer, a region).

Course content


A2 Unit 3:      Listening, Reading and Writing

A2 Unit 4:      Speaking

Both units cover the topic areas detailed above.

Entry requirements

The course is for students who have successfully completed the AS course and achieved a grade ‘D’ or better and who wish to further enhance their knowledge of the French language, culture and society.



You will be assessed formatively through class and homework and through inter-active assessment.

Summative assessment is by external examination at the end of the course:

Unit 3: One 2 ½ hour written examination (35 % of A Level marks)

Unit 4: One thirty five minute speaking test (15 % of A Level marks) 

There is no Coursework.

The remaining 50 % of the A Level marks are from the AS Level course.

Future opportunities

The Modern Languages Courses are compatible with many other subjects and can broaden career prospects for many students. With the European Union remaining as Britain’s major trading partner there is an increasing demand for linguists in British Business and an ever reducing number of these available

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy is situated within a large green site with playing fields at the front and back of the main buildings.  Unlike many new schools, classrooms at HWGA are spacious, and most teachers have their own rooms and are accessible to support students.  Much refurbishment has taken place over the last two years.  Recent changes have included a refurbished library, refurbished and extended Sixth Form Learning Area, five brand new Science laboratories with refurbishment of the supporting preparatory rooms, a refurbished MFL department and refurbished Health and Social Care rooms.  In addition, the school is equipped with a modern  IT network including a cutting edge wireless cloud network throughout the school.  All Sixth Form students are supplied with their own laptops for study within the academy and at home.  The school has two dedicated Performing Art Suites, a Dance Studio and a large hall with high quality lighting rigs, and mechanised seating that provides a flexible performance venue.