A Level French
Studying French at A Level
Introduction by A Level Subject Specialist:
Hear from the Students:
Exam Board: AQA
Entry Criteria: Grade 6 or above at GCSE French
Why study this course?
Speaking and understanding another language is an invaluable skill, which can be useful in many ways throughout life. In the future, you will be competing for jobs on a European level and your knowledge of another language and culture will really make you stand out. Students who have studied language at A Level go on to have careers in a variety of sectors
including teaching, translating, sales and marketing, travel and tourism, journalism, fashion, work in the foreign office or secret service, interpreting and banking.
What will I learn?
You will learn to communicate and debate views about current affairs. You will learn a lot about cultural references, the arts and the literature of the country. You will learn to debate on politics, and socio-economic issues.
How will I be taught?
Languages are taught interactively. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills through a wide variety of different mediums such as video, TV, Internet research and music. As well as topic-based lessons, you will have lesson time in the language lab to help with listening. You will have weekly grammar lessons and you will have a language assistant to help you with speaking both individually and in small groups.
How many hours a week private study will I have?
Five hours which includes keeping up to date with current affairs in your chosen country as well as internationally.
You’ll enjoy this course if…
You love the language, the culture and travelling. You are open to other cultures, you like a good debate and you want a career that will make you go places!
You will study:
1. Aspects of society
2. Aspects of political life
3. Aspects of artistic culture
4. Current trends
In addition, you will complete a film study in the first year of the course and a book study in the second year of the course. For the speaking element of the qualification you will complete an individual research project that will be presented orally.
Internally you will have milestones assessments every six weeks and regular speaking practice in class where you will assess each other using mark schemes. Externally at the end of the course you will have three papers:
Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing
External written examination, 50% of A Level
Paper 2: Writing
External written examination, 20% of A Level
Paper 3: Speaking
Oral examination, 30% of A Level
For more information, contact Ms M Tournier