French A'Level at Newstead Wood School
Examination Board: AQA
“A different language is a different vision of life” (Frederico Fellini, filmmaker)
Why study languages at A level?
- Become a more confident and fluent user of the language
- Develop a broader understanding of the culture and society of the countries where the language is spoken.
- Engage critically with current films, music and literature
- Gain a new perspective on important social and cultural issues that affect us all
- Equip yourself with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking and mental flexibility. Stand out from the crowd
- Gain a qualification that is highly regarded by employers and leading universities.
AS Course Content
Sample topics: Festivals and traditions, changing family structures, the effect of modern technology on society and relationships, the impact of travel and tourism, contemporary music and films
Paper 1 (40%) Listening and reading comprehension, translation into English (70 words)
Paper 2 (30%) Translation into the target language (70 words), essay (250 words) based on a film studied in class
Paper 3 (30%) Oral (12-14 minutes) : Discussion of two themes from the course
A2 Course Content
Sample topics: As for AS, plus immigration and multiculturalism, and aspects of political life e.g. German reunification, political movements in the Spanish speaking world, young people, the right to vote and political commitment in France
Paper 1 (40%) Listening, reading, translation into English and German (100 words each)
Paper 2 (30%) 2 essays (300 words each) on a book and a film studied in class
Paper 3 (30%) Oral (16-18 minutes) discussion of a theme using a stimulus card and presentation and discussion of individual research project (based on student’s choice of a book, film or one of the themes from the course)
To be accepted onto this course, students need at least a GCSE grade A in the language. Students are urged to visit the European country whose language they are studying during the A Level course. Opportunities for study visits are offered to A Level students.
Our students successfully apply to read Languages at university, including Oxbridge and the Russell group of universities. Languages can be studied alone or in combination with a wide range of other subjects e.g. Law, History, Politics, English. The main European languages are becoming increasingly important in the competitive and increasingly globalised job market as well as for personal fulfilment.
- Each year, almost all students achieve a mark in the range A* to B.
- Teachers in the department are enthusiastic, experienced and highly skilled and include native speakers of all 3 languages.
- We take a real interest in your progress as an individual and go ‘above and beyond’ to support you.
- Lessons conducted in the target language as much as possible, with digital resources and current materials from the internet supplementing the course. Individual sessions with the Foreign Language Assistant to develop your confidence in speaking.
- We are passionate about providing our students with opportunities to enjoy and enhance their language learning.
- Exchange trips with partners in Arras, Madrid and Hamburg and work experience abroad.
- Visits to London to see plays, films and exhibitions
- Develop leadership skills by becoming mentors to younger students and working as subject leaders, contributing ideas to the development of the department.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newstead Wood School directly.