French A-Level Course


Introduction to French


QUALIFICATION:  AQA – AS & A-LEVEL IN FRENCH

French is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and is a key language for international communication. It is a native language in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and the French Caribbean and an official language in many African and Asian countries. By studying this language at A-Level, you will get inside the culture and society. Speaking more than one language at this level is a commendable skill which will increase your marketability. Some Universities and Employers prefer candidates who speak one or more foreign languages as the global economy depends on communication.


Teaching & Assessment


Year 12
Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing:
Assessed - Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
80 marks, 40% of AS
Paper 2: Writing
Assessed - Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
60 marks, 30% of AS
Paper 3: Speaking
Assessed - Oral exam: 12–14 minutes
60 marks, 30% of AS

Year 13
Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing:
Assessed - Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
160 marks in total, 40% of A-Level
Paper 2: Writing
Assessed - Written exam: 2 hours
90 marks in total, 30% of A-Level
Paper 3: Speaking
Assessed - Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
60 marks in total, 30% of A-Level


Vocational Progression


A University degree in French or a related subject.
Many good jobs await including: Banking; Media; IT/Telecommunications; Sales and Marketing; Tourism; Publishing; Journalism; Various EU organisations; Government services; Business Studies and Engineering.


Course Structure


Year 12


Social Issues and Trends
Aspects of French-Speaking Society:
• The Changing Nature of the Family.
• The 'Cyber-society'.
• The Place of Voluntary Work.
Artistic Culture in The French-Speaking World:
• A Culture Proud of its Heritage.
• Contemporary Francophone Music.
• Cinema: The 7th Art Form.
Grammar.


Year 13


Social Issues and Trends
Aspects of French-Speaking Society:
• Positive Features of a Diverse Society.
• Life for the Marginalised.
• How Criminals are Treated.
Aspects of Political Life in the French-Speaking World:
• Teenagers, The Right to Vote and Political Commitment.
• Demonstrations, Strikes – Who Holds the Power?
• Politics and Immigration.
Grammar