fRENCH A LEVEL & AS LEVEL

 PHS/LSU

Exam board: AQA

QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED TO START THE COURSE

General qualifications for your chosen pathway (see LaSWAP pathways)

  • 6 or above in the language you wish to study

Need to have taken higher papers in Listening and Reading at GCSE

AS only

7 or above for the language you wish to study if you elect AS only

You will be interested in different cultures and keen to use a different language to understand and to communicate your own ideas and opinions to others on different topics and issues. You will enjoy reading, speaking, writing and listening. You will need to acquire an increased knowledge and understanding of language structures in your chosen language and show that you can apply these effectively when speaking or writing in the language. You will also need to be interested in learning about other cultures.

This course is suitable for you if you:

  • Enjoy language learning
  • Enjoy learning about other cultures
  • Want to communicate with speakers of a foreign language
  • Want to use a language for further study (e.g. at university)
  • Want to work and live abroad
  • Want to work for companies with international links
  • Want to develop opinions about current issues (e.g. climate change, immigration)
  • Have a good memory and a logical mind

COURSE SPECIFICATION

French:

  • Aspects of French speaking society: current trends
    The changing nature of family
    The cyber – society
    The place of voluntary work
  • Aspects of French speaking society: current issues
    Positive features of a diverse society
    Life for the marginalised
    How criminals are treated
  • Artistic culture in the French speaking world
    A culture proud of its heritage
    Contemporary francophone music
    Cinema: The 7th art form
  • Aspects of political life in French speaking world
    Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
    Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
    Politics and immigration

LEARNING AND SKILLS

  • To understand spoken language from a variety of sources and respond in writing or speaking.

  • To understand and respond to written language in speech.

  • To manipulate language accurately in spoken and written form.

  • To show knowledge and understanding of French societies and to respond critically and analytically.

By the end you will:

  • Be an effective communicator
  • Speak and write the language in a range of different situations and for different purposes
  • Use the language to express facts and ideas orally and in written form as well as be critical and analytical about them.
  • Understand more about the cultures/literatures/films where the language is spoken and be critical and analytical about them.
  • Develop presentation skills to show a point of view and argue against opposing ones.List of skills to be learnt/developed in the course.

 

EXAMINATION AND ASSESSMENT

A level linear – all exams are at the end of the 2 year course

A level

Units Type of Assessment Duration Weighting

Paper 1: Translation

Listening, reading and writing

2 hours 30 mins

50%

Paper 2: Literature – texts/film

Writing

2 hours

20%

Paper 3: individual research project

Speaking 21-23 mins 30%

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing

Listening: All questions are in the language; students have control over recording

Reading: All questions are in the French

Translation: French

Translation: English from French

Paper 2: Writing

Pupils will need to study one text and one film or two texts and answer: 

  • One question in French on a set text from a choice of two questions
  • One question in French on a set film from a choice of two questions
  • Or two questions and two different set texts from a choice of two questions.

Paper 3: Speaking

  • Individual research project
    Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project.
  • One of four sub-themes
    Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes). The student studies the card for 5 minutes at the start of the test.

AS ONLY

Please note that this does not carry any points for the A level

UNITS TYPE OF ASSESSMENT DURATION WEIGHTING

Paper 1

Listening, reading and writing

1 hour 45 minutes

45% of AS

Paper 2

Writing

1 hour 30 minutes

25% of AS

Paper 3

Speaking 12-14 minutes 30% of AS

 

FUTURE PROSPECTS

Employers value the skills acquired in learning a foreign language and students who are considering careers in law, industry, commerce, medicine, business or government benefit from language qualification. Some may wish to specialise further and take up careers in interpreting, translation, journalism or teaching abroad. Research shows that a qualification in a modern language leads to an enhanced salary.  A language can easily be combined with other subjects at university for a joint honours degree.  This will give you the opportunity to study or work abroad for a year.  Many businesses now are international and as such many employers look for employees with language skills and the ability to understand and work with other cultures.