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French AS/A Level at Easingwold School

Course description

The AQA GCE French course teaches students to understand and respond confidently and accurately, in speech and writing, to spoken and written language.
Through the study of topic areas, students will be encouraged to form opinions and make judgements within the appropriate context, and will be provided with many opportunities to develop understanding of spiritual, moral and cultural issues.
The broad and multidisciplinary nature of French and its application to a wide range of
current issues that call upon students’ abilities to demonstrate the transferability of their
knowledge, understanding and skills make it an ideal vehicle in the development of knowledge and understanding of the key skills. It serves as excellent preparation in the skills required for further education in any subject


Course content

For AS, two main topic areas will be covered:
Current Trends in French Speaking Society and Artistic Culture. There are three
sub-topics within each of these areas which may be covered. In addition all students will study one book or film from a set list.  Assessment material will include authentic sources.
For A Level, students will study themes from two further main topic areas:
Current Issues in French Speaking Society and Political Life in the French
Speaking World. Againthere are three sub-topics within each of these areas which may be covered and students will study a second book or a film from a set list (only one film may be studied in total). We will endeavour to give students the opportunity to participate in a study visit or exchange in a French speaking country during the course.



The Draft Examination Structure is as follows, final adjustments are still to be confirmed by the exam boards and OFQUAL. The AS and A Level Exams are now totally independent qualifications.
AS: Unit 1– Listening, Reading and Translation into English (40% of AS) 1 hour 45 minutes written exam
Unit 2 – Writing - one 45 mark essay on a book or film and
translation into French (30% of AS)
Unit 3 - Speaking Test (30% of AS) 12-14 mins speaking test(including 5 mins preparation of a stimulus card).
A Level: Unit 1 – Listening, Reading and Translation into
English and into French (40% of ALevel) 2 hrs 30 mins written exam.
Unit 2 – Writing (30% of A Level). 2 hour written exam. Two
analytical/critical essays in French on the set books or set book and set film.
Unit 3 - Speaking Test (30% of ALevel) 21-23 mins speaking test (including 5 mins preparation of a stimulus card).
Speaking Tests (AS and A Level): Candidates will discuss
points of view based on a French stimulus card from one of the topic areas and for A Level will then also give a presentation of an individual research topic followed
by discussion of the topic presented.


Future opportunities

Studying languages at university makes a student highly employable. The UK is losing business because of our relatively limited language skills. You can also combine a wide range of other subject areas with a language component: Medicine with French; Politics with Arabic; Maths with German; Law with Spanish. If you study a language at university you can expect to study abroad as part of your degree.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 January 2017
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