French A level
Awarding body: Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
Qualification: A/S and A2 Level
Method of assessment: Examination
Course entry requirement: GCSE grade B in French
Course description and what it will be like:
A Level French aims to develop the knowledge and skills acquired at GCSE level and use the language learned in a wide range of different contexts.
Students will be able to gain a useful insight into another culture and reflect upon aspects of contemporary society. Through studying A Level French students will have the opportunity to enhance their employment prospects, facilitate foreign travel and experience the enjoyment and motivation of improving their linguistic abilities.
The AS course covers 2 broad themes: Aspects of French-speaking society : current trends and Artistic culture in the French-speaking world.
At AS level the speaking assessment is a discussion on both of the AS level themes. Students will also study a book or film from a set texts/works list and analyse this on the writing paper.
Study for the A2 course is based on 4 broad themes; Aspects of French-speaking society : current trends, Aspects of French-speaking society : current issues, Artistic culture in the French-speaking world and Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world. At A level the speaking assessment is a discussion on one of the A level themes and the presentation and discussion on an individual research project. Students will also study a book and film or two books from a set texts/works list and analyse these on the writing paper.
Students will follow a course book and will also use authentic and up to date material from the media (internet, newspapers, radio, television). Knowledge and application of grammar will be examined on all papers.
Specification and Units of Study:
Paper 1: Listening, Reading, and Writing
AS level 1 hour 45 minutes written examination, June (90 marks), 45% AS/A level marks
A level 2 hours 30 minutes June Y13 (100 marks), 50% AS/A level marks
Paper 2 Writing
AS level 1 hour 30 minutes written 25% examination June (50 marks)
A level 2 hour written examination 20% JuneY13 (80 marks
Paper 3 Speaking
AS level 12-14 minutes 30%, June (60 marks)
A level 21-23 minutes 30% June Y13 (60 marks)
Opportunities for Progression and Career Prospects
As part of the European Union, we can choose to live, work and study in one of 27 countries. French is spoken around the world, ‘Le monde francophone’ comprising 40 countries. Speaking another language is a huge factor in how successful we are in the future. Graduates with languages are very employable.
Employers recognise linguists’ skills beyond pure language ability, such as communication, organisation, cultural awareness and independence. In fact, graduates with knowledge of a foreign language are likely to earn more than graduates from other sectors.
At higher education level, it is possible to study a degree purely in languages or you can opt to combine a language with a different subject, such as politics or business. Both options will involve spending a period of time abroad, either working or studying.
Choosing a language as part of your course will not only develop your expertise and linguistic ability, but you will also have some great experiences along the way!
Languages are not just required for careers in translation and interpreting or teaching. They can also be used in a wide variety of job sectors, such as creative and media, event management, health and social care, law, manufacturing, retail, travel and tourism, marketing, technology and computer gaming.
For more information on careers with languages, visit the website www.languageswork.org.uk.