The AQA A Level French course aims to build on skills acquired at GCSE and develop them further by developing a deeper understanding of French culture and society. The course is designed to facilitate foreign travel, enhance employment prospects and provide a basis for further study in higher education.
Students will study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. They will study highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema, and learn about political engagement and who wields political power in the French-speaking world.
Students also explore the influence of the past on present-day French-speaking communities. Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.
Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Some examples of careers using languages are Journalism, Translating and Interpreting, and Education.
It is essential for students embarking on the AS course to have passed the GCSE Higher Tier examination at a grade B or above.
Paper 1 Listening , reading and writing (40% of AS)
Paper 2 Writing and translation on a set text (30% of AS)
Paper 3 Speaking exam on one aspect of French society and one aspect of artistic culture (30% of AS)
Paper 1 Listening, reading and writing (40 % of A level)
Paper 2 Writing : Essay on a film or two set texts (30 % of A level)
Paper 3 Speaking: individual research project presentation and discussion as well as a discussion about an aspect of French society (30% of A level