French

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is a stimulating and challenging course which aims to develop the student’s love of the French language by using it to discuss aspects of modern day society and by analysing its grammar in greater depth than is possible at GCSE level. The skills assessed are the familiar ones of listening, speaking, reading and writing but lessons emphasise discussion and the development of students’ views and opinions. Pupils will also study a film in the first year and a literary text in the second year of A Level. They also undertake an independent research project which is assessed in the Speaking exam. In addition to classroom lessons, students also have access to the French Assistant.

COURSE CONTENT

AS UNITS:
Unit 1: Listening and Reading
(1 hour 45 minutes exam)
Students will be assessed in these skills across a range of topics that build on students’ prior knowledge at GCSE, such as family, work, the cyber society, and will also study aspects of French culture such as music and cinema

Unit 2: Writing
(1 hour 15 minutes exam)
Students will be assessed on the film they have studied, and also their ability to translate into the French language.

Unit 3: Speaking
(15 minute exam)
The Speaking Exam will assess students’ speaking abilities through stimulus cards based on the topics covered in Unit 1.
A-LEVEL UNITS:
Unit 1: Listening and Reading
(2 hour 30 minutes exam)
Students will be assessed in these skills across a range of topics which stress the international dimension including, The Multicultural Society and Contemporary Social and Political Issues. In addition they will study a work of French literature.

Unit 2: Writing
(2 hour exam)
Students will be assessed on their ability to criticise and analyse the film and book they have studied, and also to translate into French.

Unit 3: Speaking
(20 minute exam)
Students speaking abilities are assessed through discussion of their individual research project and one of the themes from unit 1.

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

Foreign language skills are much sought after in the work place and an A Level in French is good preparation for any student entering employment in the 21st Century. At university French can be studied either in combination with another language or with almost any other subject and leads to careers in sales, marketing, business, journalism, engineering, the civil service – in fact, in just about anything!

GCSE GRADE PROFILE

Students studying French at this level should normally have A* to C grades in a range of subjects at GCSE level. In order to cope with the level of written accuracy required for A level study, students should have at least a grade B in French.