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French AQA A Level at St Bernard's High School

Course description

Year 12

Students explore two themes, building on the foundations of their work at GCSE.

Each theme is divided into 3 sub-themes.

In addition, they study a literary text.

  • Theme 1: Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends (changes in family, cyber-society and the role of charities).
  • Theme 2: Artistic culture in the French-speaking world (A culture proud of its heritage, contemporary francophone music and the seventh art) Literary text: Candide by Voltaire.

Year 13

Students do an individual research project on one of four sub-themes, i.e. Aspects of French-speaking society:

  • Current trends, Aspects of French-speaking society
  • Current issues
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the French speaking world

In addition, they study a film or a literary text.

Year 13 students also undertake a piece of research in an area of literature, film or history.

Course content

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
  • Grammar

Paper 2: Writing

  • One text and one film or two texts from the list provided by AQA
  • Grammar

Paper 3: Speaking

  • Individual research project
  • One of four sub-themes (i.e. Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends, Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the French-speaking world, Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world).

Entry requirements

  • Grade B or above in GCSE language.

Assessment

This qualification is linear, so students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

  • Written exam: 2hours 30 minutes
  • Up to 100 marks
  • 50% of A-level
  • No access to dictionary

Paper 2: Writing

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • Up to 80 marks in total
  • 20% of A-level
  • No access to dictionary

Paper 3: Speaking

  • Oral exam: 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes’ preparation time)
  • Up to 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A-level
  • No access to dictionary

Future opportunities

Translation, Interpreting, Tourism, Teaching and Lecturing, Politics, Journalism, Law, Business and Medicine are all fields open to linguists.

There are honours degrees in one language or two (joint honours).

Languages can also be studied alongside all other subject areas at degree, diploma or certificate levels.

Employees who can speak another language are highly sought after in every field of work, in both public and private sectors, and often earn higher pay.

Further information

  • German, Italian and Spanish may be offered if numbers are sufficient.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bernard's High School directly.

Last updated date: 04 January 2017

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