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French AS Level at Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy

Course description

You will build on the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing acquired at GCSE level. These will be developed to an advanced level during the course. The course covers four topics, each with three subtopics: Media (Television, Advertising, Communication Technology); Popular Culture (Cinema, Music, Fashion / Trends); Healthy Living/Lifstyle (Sport / exercise, Health and well-being, Holidays); Family/relationships (Relationships within the family, Friendships, Marriage/Partnerships)

Course content


AS Unit 1 (Listening, Reading and Writing)

AS Unit 2 (Speaking)

Entry requirements

The course is for students who have achieved at least grade ‘B’ in GCSE French and who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the French language, culture and society



Formative assessment will occur through class and homework, and through inter-active assessment.


Summative assessment will be by external examination at the end of the course:

AS Unit 1: One two hour written examination (70 % of AS Level marks)

AS Unit 2: One thirty five minute speaking test (30 % of AS Level marks)

Future opportunities

Students who achieve a grade ‘D’ or better can progress to A2 French.

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.