A Level French2018-04-06T10:16:33+00:00

A Level French

Exam Board: AQA

The Course

Year 12:

September – October:

  • Phase 1: intensive grammar programme linked to thematic content.
  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends.
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world.

November – Easter:

  • Phase 2: development of all skills through theme-linked teaching and learning.
  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends.
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world.
  • Chosen film or book.

Easter:

  • Phase 3a: practice of exam-specific skills and assessment tasks in speaking, essay writing, listening, reading, summary writing and translation into and from target language.
  • Content focus according to assessment tasks:
  • Essay-writing on book or film.
  • Speaking and stimulus cards.
  • Reading, listening and translation according to sub-themes and aspects.

Easter – End of year:

  • Phase 3b: ‘top up’ teaching on film or book to meet A-Level requirements.
  • Study skills required for independent research and the development of an independent research action plan.
  • Setting targets, milestones and deadlines for the summer holiday and beyond.

Theme 1: Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

Unit 1 : Ways in which family structures are changing DM
Unit 2 : The issue of technology CS
Unit 3 : The role of voluntary work in French society CS

Theme 2: Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

Unit 4 : The importance of heritage in France CS
Unit 5 : Contemporary French music CS
Unit 6 : French cinema DM

Year 13:

September – October

  • Phase 1: development of skills in the two theme areas of year 13.
  • Intensive first phase of teaching and learning for the second work.
  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues and aspects of political life in the French-speaking world.
  • Study of second work.

October – December

  • Phase 2: as for phase 1 with less time spent on the 2nd work and more time spent on social issues.
  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues and aspects of political life in the French-speaking world.
  • Study of second work.

January – March

  • Phase 3: phase 1 and 2 continued.
  • Content and skills practice with independent research (i.e. outcomes are shared with teacher, planning and preparation for speaking).
  • The content and skills aspects of the A-Level course are now completed.

March – Study Leave

  • Phase 4: intensive and comprehensive exam preparation.
  • All skills targeted on a timely basis according to the needs and priorities of the schedule of the exams.

Theme 3: Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

Unit 7 : Aspects of multiculturalism DM
Unit 8 : Discrimination in French society CS
Unit 9 : The issue of crime and punishment in France DM

Theme 2: Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

Unit 10: The issue of politics and political involvement of young people in France CS
Unit 11 : The issue of strikes in France CS
Unit 12 : The immigration in France DM

Exams and Assessment

Three Papers:

  • Oral Exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time) – 60 marks in total – 30% of A-Level
  • Grammar Exam: 2 hours 30 minutes – 160 marks in total – 40% of A-Level
  • Written Exam: 2 hours – 90 marks in total – 30% of A-Level

Teachers and Teaching

This course involves working in small groups, paired work and whole class work. Your teachers will be Miss Christelle Savary, Ms Laurence Coursimault and Mrs Marie-Christine France.

University Course and Careers

This can lead to a French degree or the study of another language. French A Level can also be used to study Linguistics, Translations and History. Career opportunities include: teaching, translation, interpretation, editing or proofreading, travel, tourism, hospitality, foreign service, international organizations, other international careers, interpreter, airline job offer, translation association, and interpretation software.