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French

Exam Board - Edexel

Course Content

Students who have enjoyed studying French to GCSE and have a passion for further study will have the opportunity to extend all language related skills.  They should have an interest in the culture of French speaking countries, and will be able to study examples of French film and literature.  By the end of the course students can expect to reach a high level of fluency in the language.
Students study two major themes at both AS and A-level; these are Social Issues and Trends and Political, Intellectual and Artistic Culture.  They discuss ideas about the family, education, and the media as well as integration, multiculturalism, and discrimination.
Vocabulary and grammar are studied systematically using our main course books Edexcel AS French and Edexcel A2 French, which are supplemented by material from other sources, and a dedicated grammar book.  Personal research is an essential element of the course, and we have a wide range of materials in the French department and the library, as well as  actively encouraging students to use the Internet and Social Media to enhance their skills.  Students benefit greatly from time spent with the Assistant, where they have the opportunity to prepare thoroughly for the speaking exam in groups of two or three.

Method of Assessment

The A Level course is assessed at the end of two years by the following means:
Paper 1 – Listening, reading and translation                               40% of total marks
Paper 2 – Written response to works and translation                30% of total marks
Paper 3 – Speaking including the presentation                           30% of total marks
                   of the student’s independent research project.
The AS course is assessed at the end of the first year.  The method of assessment is the same, however paper 2 is shorter and the speaking exam does not involve an independent research project.

Other Information

A wide range of skills developed through studying French at this high level, enable students to carry on with French at University, either by following a  languages degree course  or by combining it with another subject such as law, banking, business studies, tourism, engineering or politics.  Others have found their language skills advantageous when seeking employment.  Languages are particularly useful in areas linked with international business and recent research in the job market shows that language graduates have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the UK, and the highest average salaries.

Entry Requirements

GCSE B in French.