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French AS at King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls

Course description

Why should I study French?

Plenty of opportunity to express opinions and look at subjects of interest to your age group. Transferable skills such as presenting and evaluating arguments, summarising the main points of texts and interpreting an argument to another person.

Course content

What will I learn about?

A wide variety of subjects of topical interest (such as current affairs, relationships, health, sport, transport, and culture) will be introduced and discussed. G.C.S.E. grammar will be revised and consolidated, and new grammar introduced gradually throughout the course. The four language skills will be developed as the course progresses.

  1. Social issues and trends
  2. Political and artistic culture
  3. Grammar
  4. Literary texts and films (Options from)

How will I be taught?

Using authentic materials, some of which will be from the Internet, we shall read and listen to material in the target language. This will lead to discussion in pairs, in groups or with the whole class. Written work will be based on this material. There will be a requirement for students to undertake reading and listening, and learning of vocabulary on their own initiative.

Entry requirements

  • Normally A or A* at G.C.S.E. required.
  • Students will need to be able to cope competently with grammar.


Examination Board: AQA
Specification: Advanced GCE 7652

Paper 1:

  • Listening, reading and writing
  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends.
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world.
  • 1 hr 45 mins
  • Year 12
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of AS

Paper 2:

  • Writing
  • One text or one film from the lists in the specification.
  • 1hr 15 mins
  • Year 12
  • 60 marks
  • 30% of AS

Paper 3:

  • Speaking
  • One sub-theme from Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends and one sub-theme from Artistic culture in the French-speaking world.
  • Oral exam, 12-14 mins
  • Year 12
  • 60 marks
  • 30% of AS

Future opportunities

  • Useful for leisure purposes - holiday and travel abroad.
  • Wide application for business and commercial use.
  • Opens opportunities for study of all subjects abroad under ERASMUS/ SOCRATES schemes.
  • Valuable adjunct to other qualifications in any profession – there is a shortage of people with language qualifications.
  • Language graduates have one of the lowest unemployment rates.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2017
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