|Contact : Miss E Hooper
| Exam Board & Code : Edexcel 8FR01 Course : 2 Years to full Advanced GCE
What is French A level about?
You will learn to develop the four skills (aural, oral, writing and reading) to a higher level through an increasingly communicative approach to language learning.
Is this course for me?
Choose A level French because you enjoy learning French and wish to achieve a higher level of French expression and comprehension, as well as an insight into French culture. You must have a very good understanding of grammar. You must be prepared to spend some time in a French speaking country. You should also be prepared to take responsibility for your own learning and developing your language skills.
What else do I need to know?
Visits to France: Students have the opportunity to do work experience for a week in France usually during the Spring term.
Self-study: you will follow a programme of self-study to support learning. This includes access to the VLL and a DVD library of French films.
Community Service: you will have the opportunity to do Community Service in the MFL Faculty.
What do other students say?
"French was an obvious choice for me as I have always enjoyed it and I wanted to become bi-lingual. The standard in the sixth form is much higher than GCSE but the shift is gradual and enough for you to adjust. Next year I plan to study French at university.”
“I have really enjoyed the lessons because I now know more about France as well as its language. I watch French films in the original version and have even read a French novel! I took part in the French work experience at the end of year 12 and it was one of the best weeks of my life.”
Where could it lead?
Foreign language A levels, as well as leading to specialised language courses at College or University, can also be most useful for those studying Economics, Science or Technology, since there is a definite demand for professional competence in a foreign language in many spheres of industry and commerce today. Many university courses now combine a foreign language with a range of other disciplines and offer the possibility of doing a year studying your main subject in a French university.
How is this course structured?
|| Unit Assessment
|AS Unit 1: Spoken Expression and Response in French
8-10 mins 30% of the total AS marks; 15% of the total A2 marks
|AS Unit 2: Understanding and written response in French
|Listening, Reading, Writing
2 hours and 30 mins 70% of the total AS marks; 35% of the total A2 marks
A2 Unit 3: Understanding and spoken response in French
11-13 minutes 35% of the total A2 marks
|A2 Unit 4: Speaking research, Understanding and written response in French
3 sections: Translation and two essays
2 hours and 30 minutes 65% of the total A2 marks
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