Languages are all around us, we live in a multilingual global society. Choosing an A Level language is a really good decision if you want a fascinating subject that offers you a range of career options and a lot of fun along the way. Language courses are interesting and varied subjects which give you a broad range of knowledge and transferable skills. Furthermore, a Modern Foreign Language can be studied with a wide range of other subjects at university such as Engineering, Law and even Medicine.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: GCSE 5 or above in GCSE French. If not previously studied at GCSE but French is a second language to you and/or you are at the equivalent level to GCSE 5 or above, this would also allow you access to the course.
WHAT IS THE COURSE CONTENT AND HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Course content: The following themes will be covered: • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends: The changing nature of family, Cyber society, The place of voluntary work. • Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues: Positive features of a diverse society, Life for the marginalised, How criminals are treated. • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world: A culture proud of its heritage, Contemporary Francophone music, Cinema: the 7th art form. • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world: Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment, Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?, Politics and immigration.
SPEAKING ASSESSMENT (30%) 16-18 MINUTES. Task 1 is a presentation of an independent research project (2 minutes) followed by a discussion (9-10 minutes). Task 2 is a discussion based on a stimulus card (5 minutes preparation followed by 5-6 minutes discussion). LISTENING, READING AND TRANSLATION – (50%) 2HRS 30 MINUTES CRITICAL RESPONSE IN WRITING (20%) Two hour examination comprising of two essay questions, one based on the novel No et Moi and one based on the film La Haine
“FRENCH A-LEVEL IS A REALLY INTERESTING COURSE; IT COVERS A WIDE RANGE OF ENGAGING TOPICS FROM MUSIC TO FRENCH POLITICS.” THE INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECT GIVES YOU SO MUCH FREEDOM TO DIVE DEEP INTO YOUR FAVOURITE TOPICS. THE BOOK THAT WE STUDY, ‘NO ET MOI’, IS FANTASTIC, AND THE FILM, ‘LA HAINE’, GIVES A THOUGHTPROVOKING AND FASCINATING INSIGHT INTO HIDDEN FRENCH SOCIETY.”
WILL ROBERTS STUDYING MODERN LANGUAGES AND MUSIC AT UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
ST NICHOLAS EXTRA:
• There are opportunities to do work experience in France and we offer a study tour to Paris. • Links with Manchester University are in place and enrichment days are offered.