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A Level French



Course Leader: Mrs S Cooke

What’s it all about?

Choosing to study French at A Level is an intelligent choice.  The government has named it a National Crisis of Linguists currently, so by continuing languages as long as possible you will give yourself the edge when applying for the top universities and jobs.  For those who also want a fascinating and challenging subject then A Level French is for you.  You will study different aspects of the French-speaking world and gain insight into its current culture.   You will furthermore  develop and gain essential skills that will equip for you success in the course yet also give you an excellent foundation for further study and job opportunities such as research, public speaking, problem-solving independently etc. 


What are the entry requirements?

A Level French builds strongly on the foundations of your GCSE study.  In addition to the general entry requirements for A Level study of 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and Maths, you will need to achieve a minimum grade 5 in French GCSE to give you the right preparation for success at advanced level.  You will also need to ensure that you are motivated and prepared for the challenge ahead.  Understanding how to work effectively both in and beyond lessons is vital.


What will I learn on this course?

You will study social issues and trends in French and within the French-speaking world, this including family structures (new and traditional), the challenges and opportunities of la ‘cyber-société’, the world of voluntary work, diversity in modern society, life for marginalised people and the treatment of criminals.  You will also study artistic culture, looking at cultural heritage, music and cinema.  You will focus on and study  one book and film and take an exam on these. Finally, you will study French political life, studying voting rights, power and where it lies and current issues of immigration and integration.   You will develop a significant range of skills, including translation skills of unseen texts, ability to plan and implement focused research, including critical appreciation of literary works and other media, which is both interesting and excellent preparation for Higher Education and the world of work.


How will I be assessed?

A Level French is a two-year linear course, this meaning that you are assessed at the end of the two years by formal external examinations.  Paper 1 is a listening, reading and writing paper of 2.5 hours and is worth 50% of the final grade.  Paper 2 is a writing paper and you will write on a text and a film studied (or two texts) – this is 2 hours in length and is worth 20% of the final grade.  Speaking is assessed in Paper 3.  A 30 minute test is worth 30% of the final grade and you will speak about your individual research project in a short presentation (about  an aspect of  a French-speaking society).


Is there anything else I need to know?

Classes are generally quite small to help with discussion in French and the course generally, which is really  advantageous in language learning.  Moreover, you will practise implementing new grammar in your work and see your own progress in regular assessments and vocabulary quizzes.


For more information on A LEVEL FRENCH go to the AQA website.


Who can I contact for further information?

S Cooke (Head of Languages)