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A LEVEL FRENCH

 

If you have a talent for   learning languages, then you might want to consider studying French at A-Level. With our world becoming more globalised by the day, the ability to speak another language can open up many doors in your career and academic life.

 

French is spoken by 74 million people across the world, notably in France and former French territories. Being able to speak French can provide you with travel and work opportunities. In fact, according to the British Council’s   2013 report ‘ Languages for the Future’, 49% of UK businesses look for employees who can speak French, meaning studying the language will be a huge asset to your career. With a projected 750 million speakers by 2050, being able to speak the French language is a powerful skill to have.

 

 

Subject content

 

  1. Social issues and trends

Students may study all sub-themes in relation to any French-speaking country or countries.

  • The changing nature of family
  • The 'cyber-society'
  • The place of voluntary work
  • Positive features of a diverse society
  • Life for the marginalised
  • How criminals are treated

 

  1. Political and artistic culture

Students may study all sub-themes in relation to any French-speaking country or countries.

  • A culture proud of its heritage
  • Contemporary francophone music
  • Cinema: the 7th art form
  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
  • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
  • Politics and immigration

 

  1. Grammar

 

  1. Works:Literary texts and films

Students study either one text and one film or two texts from the list below. 

 

Texts: 

  • MolièreLe Tartuffe
  • Voltaire   Candide
  • Guy deMaupassant   Boule de Suif et autres contes de la guerre
  • AlbertCamus   L’étranger
  • Françoise Sagan   Bonjour tristesse
  • Claire Etcherelli   Elise ou la vraie vie
  • Joseph Joffo   Un sac de billes
  • Faïza Guène Kiffe kiffe demain
  • Philippe Grimbert Un secret
  • Delphine de Vigan No et moi

 

Films: 

  • Les 400 coups   François Truffaut (1959)
  • Au revoir les enfants Louis Malle (1987)
  • La HaineMathieu Kassovitz (1995)
  • L’auberge espagnole   Cédric Klapisch (2002)
  • Un long dimanche de fiançailles   Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2004)
  • Entre les murs   Laurent Cantet (2008)

 

How are you assessed?

 

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing

 

What's assessed:

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

 

How it's assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 100 marks

50% of A-level

 

 

Paper 2: Writing

 

What's assessed:

  • One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification
  • Grammar

 

How it's assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks in total

20% of A-level

 

Paper 3: Speaking

 

What's assessed:

  • Individual research project
  • One of four themes (Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends, Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the French-speaking world, Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world)

 

How it's assessed:

  • Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A-level

 

Where will this course take you?

 

Studying a language at A level quite literally opens up a whole new world to you! The first step could be to study languages at undergraduate level, either as a pure language course or combined with another subject, such as Law or Economics. Following this path would allow you to study abroad for a year at degree level, which is not only a fantastic experience but will help you to become fluent in the language that you are studying. Post-degree, the skills that you have developed will make you employable across a range of sectors including journalism, broadcasting, government (e.g. the Diplomatic Service), tourism, international logistics or sales, interpreting, patent law or teaching.