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French A Level at Prudhoe Community High School

Course description

  • The changing nature of family
  • The 'cyber-society'
  • Contemporary francophone music
  • The place of voluntary work
  • Cinema: the 7th art form
  • A culture proud of its heritage
  • Film – La Haine
  • Aspects of political life in the French speaking world


This is a reformed A Level course and as such, students will complete three exams at the end of year 13. There is no coursework.

The first examination is Listening, Reading and Writing, it lasts 2 hours 30 and is worth 100 marks. Listening and reading passages will be drawn from a range of contexts and sources, covering different registers and types, contemporary and historical material and will cover non-fiction and literary fiction. Students will translate a passage of at least 100 words from French into English. The content of the passages will be based on the themes and subthemes from this 2 year course.

The second examination is Writing, a 2 hour exam worth 80 marks and during which students will write two essays in French on the film and piece of literature studied over the course.

The third examination is Speaking and lasts 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes supervised preparation time); with a total mark of 60. The test will be in two parts. Part 1 will be the discussion of one sub-theme from those in this 2 year course, lasting 5–6 minutes, and Part 2 will be the presentation and discussion of the student’s individual research project from Year 13.

There will be internal assessment at the end of each unit and a full examination internally set at the end of the year

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prudhoe Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 March 2017

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