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AS/A2 Level French

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Overview

“You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once”
a proverb (Eastern European)

Languages are all around us; they are used in so many situations whether at work, on holiday or just casually in day-to-day life – we live in a multilingual global society.

Choosing an A-level language is a really smart move if you want a fascinating subject that offers you a range of career possibilities at the end and are a lot of fun along the way.  A-level language courses are interesting and varied subjects to study and give you a broad range of knowledge and skills.

Learning a language is a never-ending process; languages are constantly changing, bringing in new words and getting rid of old ones.

The skills and qualifications that you gain from studying a language at A-level are incredibly important tools to have under your belt

  1. Course Title

    AS/A2 Level French

  2. Exam Board and Specification No.

    AQA French (7652)

What do I need to have studied/have knowledge of?

GCSE French grade 6 or above.

What will I learn on this course?

Across the 2 years you will study the below topics:

  1. Social Issues and Trends
    a. Aspects of French-speaking society (e.g. family, cyber-society, voluntary work)
    b. Multiculturalism in French-speaking society (e.g. diversity, crimes, social exclusion)
  2. Political and Artistic Culture
    a. Artistic culture in the French-speaking world (e.g. French music, cinema, history)
    b. Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world (e.g. youth, citizenship, strikes, immigration)
  3. Grammar
  4. French Works
    a. Literary texts
    b. Films
  5. Individual research project (for speaking exam)

What key skills will I develop?

The broad and multidisciplinary nature of a language and its application to a wide range of current issues that call on your abilities to demonstrate the transferability of your knowledge, understanding and skills, make it an ideal vehicle in the development of knowledge and understanding of the Key Skills. It serves as excellent preparation in the skills required for courses in Further Education.

How will I be assessed?

The Examination Structure for AQA GCE A level is as follows:

Paper 1
Listening, Reading and Writing including translation
2hours 30 minutes, 40% of A level grade

Paper 2
Written paper on texts and films
2 hours, 30% of A level grade

Paper 3
Spoken Assessment on individual research project
21-23 minutes, 30% of A level grade

What could this course lead to?

Languages are an invaluable skill to have.  Having a language can increase your salary from 8 to 20% and gives you a head start on other potential employees as by speaking another language you’re vital to any company who does international business (and there’s a lot of them).  Plus, a language is also a pre-requisite for lots of Uni courses so it’s something to consider if you’re thinking about going to University in the future.  Languages are key to the exciting multinational world we live in!

Additional events, trips or enrichment activities

Residential trip to France

French Assistant opportunity with local primary schools

Regular events in and out of school

Are there any additional costs for this course?

Textbooks, a dictionary and any trips that may arise.

Who do I contact if I have any further questions?

Mr A Removille – aremoville@commonweal.co.uk