About the course:
- The Modern Languages Department offers a two-year A-Level course in French, and follows the new AQA specification. There are many reasons for choosing a subject at Post-16. Enjoyment and success at GCSE, clear ideas about your career path already, and good links with other subjects. So why choose French?
- A foreign language is a skill, and the ability to possess this is increasingly important. Sectors where French plays a key role include commerce, science and engineering, leisure and tourism, education, banking, and transport. Indeed many firms in the private sector look beyond these shores for markets to sell their goods.
- Despite the uncertainty over the UK’s relationship with Europe, linguists are required, and will continue to be, in all EU languages. France is one these key languages.
How will it be assessed:
- In line with all subjects, the AS component will not count towards the A-Level result.
- All full A-level exams will take place at the end of Year 13.
- At the end of Year 12 there may be an option for students to:
- sit AS level exams, gain an AS level qualification, and not proceed to Year 13.
- continue straight to A-level in Year 13 (with no external exam in Year 12).
- This second option is the one upon which the curriculum will be delivered because the topic, literature and grammar content of the new AS level are considerably greater than previous courses, and are considered in the time allocated to be very demanding for students who have ambitions of doing the full 2-year A-Level course. Students will be examined internally at the end of Year 12 to assess their progress towards A-Level.
Paper 1 (Listening Reading and Writing - 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of A-level)
- Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends and issues
- Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
- Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
Paper 2 (Writing - 2 hours, 30% of A-level)
- One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification
Paper 3 (Speaking - 21–23 minutes, 30% of A-level)
- Individual research project
- One of four sub-themes i.e. Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the French-speaking world, Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world.
What is expected of you:
- A-level French focuses on improving communication through different means as well as being able to use it in a variety of situations, developing your key skills areas and most importantly to encourage you to fall in love with learning languages. You will be expected to reinforce your in-class learning with directed home study tasks as well as regularly accessing authentic listening and reading resources such as online news sites, films and literature. Regular learning of new vocabulary is vital for long-term success.
What it prepares you for:
- As well as offering you a formal qualification towards study and/or employment in a workplace or country where you can use your language skills, learning a language to
A-Level gives you additional interpersonal skills, much favoured by universities and employers.
- Languages are an invaluable skill to have. Having a language can increase your salary and gives you a head start on other potential employees. By speaking another language you’re vital to any company who does international business.
- It is not just the language specialist who should choose French. For science, humanities and arts students alike, it can be an additional subject. Many of our students successfully continue with their studies of French at University, either as a single degree course, or as a degree subject combined with another subject.
- Ideally, a Grade 6 or above needs to be attained at GCSE Level to give the student a good chance of succeeding at A-Level. A minimum requirement is that entry for the GCSE exam in Year 11 is at Higher Tier, where a level above 5 is possible.
- The final exams for the September 2019 cohort will be in June 2021.
- Specification code:7652, QAN code:601/8727/X
For more information:
- See Mr Le-Normand, Head of MFL, or your current French teacher, all of whom will guide you on your French options at 6th Form level. In addition, go online and follow the AQA exam board link: