French

Course specification: AQA: AS Level 7651, A Level 7652

Sixth Form StudentsContent of AS Level

Paper 1 Listening, reading and writing: 1 hour 45 minutes (45% of AS Level)

This paper covers two major topic areas with three sub-themes each:

  • Current trends of French-speaking society (family and relationships/role of technology/charity and volunteering work)
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world (French culture and heritage/French music/French cinema)

There are assessments in:

  • Listening - students listen to material within their individual control (35 marks)
  • Reading - this section comprises three or four items requiring short answers (45 marks)
  • Translation into English - a passage of minimum 70 words (10 marks)

Paper 2 Writing: 1 hour 30 minutes (25% of AS Level)

This paper consists of a translation into French (passage of minimum 70 words) and an essay either on a French film or a French book (both chosen by the teacher from set lists).

Paper 3 Speaking: 12-14 minutes (30% of AS Level)

This involves a discussion of two of the sub-themes above (6-7 minutes each) with the discussion based on a stimulus card for each sub-theme. The student studies the cards for 15 minutes before the test begins.

Content of A Level

Paper 1 Listening, reading and writing: 2 hours 30 minutes (50% of A Level)

This paper covers four major topic areas with three sub-themes each:

  • Current trends of French-speaking society
  • Current issues of French-speaking society
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

There are assessments in:

  • Listening - students listen to material within their individual control (30 marks)
  • Reading - this section comprises three or four items requiring short answers (50 marks)
  • Translation into English - a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks)
  • Translation into French - a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks)

Paper 2 Writing: 2 hours (20% of A Level)

Students write two essays in all either on one text and one film or two texts from the lists set in the specification and chosen by the teacher.

Paper 3 Speaking: 21-23 minutes (30% of A Level)

This involves a discussion of a sub-theme based on a stimulus card (5-6 minutes, 25 marks) and a presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9-10 minutes) of an individual research project (35 marks) chosen by the student in advance.

Key skills

  • Attention to detail
  • An analytical mind
  • A willingness to take part in discussions on a range of topics
  • An interest in the language and culture of French speaking countries

Enrichment opportunities

  • Opportunity for work experience in France

Higher Education and career prospects

At university level, French can be combined with either another language you have already studied, or start a new one from scratch. Alternatively students could go on to study a complementary subject such as Business Studies, Economics, Law, Politics, Psychology or Tourism. A wide range of careers begin with studying French: business, education, international companies, journalism, law, public relations and tourism.

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