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Modern Foreign Languages French and German A Level at St Benedict's Catholic High School

Course description

AS Year

The AS course will cover:

  1. Aspects of French/German-speaking society
  2. Artistic culture in the French/German-speaking world
  3. Grammar
  4. A literary text or a film

A Level Year

The A Level course will cover:

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

Entry requirements

Have a genuine interest in developing their comprehension and communication skills in a Foreign Language beyond GCSE; students who will be proactive in using media and internet resources to develop their language abilities and who are interested in gaining an understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French / German is spoken.

Assessment

AS Level paper 1:  Listening, Reading and Writing (45% of AS, 1 hour 45 minutes)

Candidates will answer a range of questions based on listening material and on a selection of written stimulus texts.  They will also complete a short translation into English.

AS Level paper 2:  Writing (25% of AS, 1 hour 30 minutes)

Candidates will translate a passage into French/German and answer one question (short essay) on a chosen literary text or a chosen film which has been studied.

AS Level paper 3: Speaking (30% of AS, 12 – 14 minutes)

Candidate will discuss one sub-theme from Aspects of French/German-speaking society and one sub-theme from Artistic culture in the French/German-speaking world based on a stimulus card for each sub-theme.

A Level paper 1:  Listening, Reading and Writing (50% of A Level, 2 hours 30 minutes)

Candidates will answer a range of questions based on listening material and on a selection of written stimulus texts about aspects of French/German-speaking society, artistic culture in the French/German-speaking world, and aspects of political life in the French/German speaking-society.  Candidates will also complete a translation into English and a translation into French/German.

A Level paper 2:  Writing (20% of A Level, 2 hours)

Candidates will answer one question in French/German on a set text + one question in French/German on a set film or 2 questions on set texts (approximately 300 words per essay).

A Level paper 3: Speaking (30% of A Level, 21 – 23 minutes, including preparation time)

Candidates will discuss a sub-theme based on a stimulus card (5 – 6 minutes) and give a presentation with discussion (9 – 10 minutes) on an individual research project.

Future opportunities

Numerous opportunities including Teaching, Interpreting, Translating, Bilingual Secretarial/PA work.  A qualification in a European language is increasingly seen as a useful additional qualification in a variety of careers eg. Law, Accountancy, Business Studies and Science.  There are more courses in Further Education which enable you to study a language as an addition to another qualification.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 March 2017

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