EXAM BOARD: AQA – AQA SPECIFICATION: 7652
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OVERVIEW OF COURSE
Over the two years, the following Themes will be covered:
- Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues and trends
- Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
- Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
The exam will take place at the end of Year 13.
Paper 1 Listening, reading and translation (50%)
Paper 2 Written response to a literary work, and a film (20%)
Paper 3 Speaking (30%)
During the course, authentic foreign language materials are used to practise the Reading and Listening skills. Aspects of contemporary society, culture and the heritage of France are also studied. Opportunities will be presented to develop understanding and awareness of issues relating to spirituality, morality, ethics, health, immigration, French society and Europe.
French A level allows students to become effective communicators, speak and write French for a range of different situations and purposes and express facts, ideas, opinions and information fluently in French. Students will also develop skills associated with an independent research project as part of the Speaking exam.
Why study French at A Level?
- French is a major language for trade and culture in at least 63 countries situated on all 5 continents.
- French is the second native language of Europe after German, with English in third place!
- The experience of developing advanced language skills is interesting and intellectually challenging.
- An A Level in French is extremely favourably regarded by both universities and employers.
- The challenge of studying film and literature makes the A Level rewarding and exciting.
- The cultural components of the course mean you learn more than just the language.
- Once you have an A Level in one language, it is considerably easier to pick up a second (or third or fourth) language.
An A Level in French can lead to a career in translating and interpreting, the diplomatic and civil services, HM forces, the law, teaching and academic research, marketing, journalism, retail, librarianship and archives, bilingual secretarial work, travel and tourism, international trade and public relations to name but a few!
Any businesses which deal with foreign countries will look favourably on a language.
A lot of universities offer combined courses, where you can study a language alongside a different, non-linguistic course. Most top universities have lower entry requirements for languages than other more competitive courses.
'Sandwich courses' with a year's placement abroad are becoming more and more widely available and popular.
Effective oral and written communication skills - in two (or more) languages
Adaptability: understanding cultural differences
Maturity and independence
Good learning strategies
Team-working / responsibility / initiative
Adaptability, understanding of different cultures