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French and German AS A2 at Guilsborough School

Course description


The aim of the course is to allow the student to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in French or in German, using increasingly accurate and varied language. The course builds on the knowledge acquired for GCSE and develops the skills so that the student can feel at ease using the foreign language in a wide variety of contexts and situations, not as a tourist but as a student, a young adult in a modern society.

Course content

The range of topics reflects the key areas that a Year 12 or 13 student will encounter in discussion, whether in English or in the foreign language.

Year 12 new topics (2008 onwards) include:

Aspects of daily life

Leisure and entertainment

Communication and media

Education and training

Year 13 topics include:



Science and technology

Technological advances


The Year 12 course includes some phrases from 'the world of work' where students are introduced to the more formal use of language, such as they could expect on work experience abroad, or when working. They are expected to be able to read and send faxes and letters, to understand a range of printed material and to cope with telephone calls from continental companies.

The emphasis is very much on contemporary society; no literary study is required, although the possibility exists for students to study a piece of literature if they wish.

Entry requirements

At least a GCSE B grade in the relevant language - students would find it very difficult to achieve pass standard without this.


Course content from September 2008

AS Unit 1: Speaking : 30% of AS marks,

15% of total A-level marks

role play - 5 minutes: based on a text in English requiring the student to explain, query and negotiate

presentation - 2-3 minutes, on a topic of the student's own choice, followed by

discussion - 7-8 minutes on this topic.

AS Unit 2: Listening, reading and writing (2h45) : 70% of AS marks

is a written paper, testing the other 3 skills with a variety of listening, reading an

writing tasks . 35% of total A-level marks

A2 Unit 3: Speaking : 15% of total A-level marks

discussion - 5-6 minutes: based on French or German text

general conversation - 10-12 minutes: based around subjects chosen by student.

AS Unit 4: Listening, reading and writing 35% of total A-level marks

It is a written paper, testing the other 3 skills, with a variety of tasks involving comprehension and manipulation of language as well as an extended essay.

Further information


The French textbook we use is 'Tout droit', published in 1999, with the new A level in mind, and for German 'Zeitgeist' published in 2008. There is a variety of back-up material including independent assessment material available.

In addition students are expected to use the Internet and to make the most of computer-based learning. Novels, detective stories and films are also available to students.


We would expect students to go on a day conference to London and many of our German students participate in the work experience programme alongside the German exchange. We can also advise on alternative Work Experience to France or Germany.

For further information please contact Mr D Lomasney.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 2 years