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French

If you are looking for a future using communication skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, team-work, organisational skills and independence, as well as excellent job prospects, then a modern language is for you. Languages are a personal skill and as such are an enriching experience with plenty of added value.

 

A qualification in AS or A2 French is very highly regarded by universities.

Examination Board EDUQAS

Specification Number A800QS

Sixth Form > Our Pathways

French

If you are looking for a future using communication skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, team-work, organisational skills and independence, as well as excellent job prospects, then a modern language is for you. Languages are a personal skill and as such are an enriching experience with plenty of added value.

A qualification in AS or A2 French is very highly regarded by universities.

Examination Board EDUQAS

Specification Number A800QS

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Wood Green Academy is one of Sandwell’s longest-established and highest-achieving Sixth Form Centres. 

Course Overview

If you are looking for a future using communication skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, team-work, organisational skills and independence, as well as excellent job prospects, then a modern language is for you. Languages are a personal skill and as such are an enriching experience with plenty of added value.

 

A qualification in AS or A2 French is very highly regarded by universities.

 

Areas of interest (i)

Social Issues and trends

Areas of interest (ii)
Political, intellectual and artistic culture

Theme 1

Being a young person in a French speaking society

• Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships/relationships

• Youth trends, issues and personal identity

• Educational and employment opportunities.

Theme 2 

Understanding the French-speaking world

• Regional culture and heritage in France, French-speaking countries and communities

• Literature, art, film and music in the French speaking world

Theme 4

Diversity and difference

• Migration and integration

• Cultural identity and marginalisation

• Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference

• Discrimination and diversity

Theme 4 

France 1940-1950: The Occupation and the post-war years

• From June 1940-May 1945 (occupation, liberation and end of World War II)

• Life in Occupied France and the cultural dimension (théâtre, cinéma, littérature)

• 1945-1950: rebuilding and restructuring

• Repercussions for modern day France

Entry Requirements

Sixth Form Entry Criteria: 

A minimum of 5 9-5 GCSE grades, which must include a grade 5 or above in either English Language or English Literature. If students do not have a grade 4+ in GSCE Maths they will be required to re-sit this qualification. 

 
Special Entry Requirements:
  • GCSE French 6+

 

Students must be prepared to work long hours outside lesson time to regularly review the topics covered.

Assessment Information

All assessments are to be taken at the end of Year 13.

Assessment Topic AreaValue
Component 1 Speaking ExamPresentation and discussion of independent research project followed by discussion of stimulus card.30%
Component 2 Listening, Reading and TranslationAnswering questions based on French passages, translation from French into English.50%
Component 3Critical and analytical response in writingTwo written essays- one based on the literary work (No et Moi) and the second on a film (Les Choristes).          20%

Progression Route

Language study gives you invaluable practical and transferable skills for the future. You may choose to specialise in French at university or combine your language with other subjects such as Engineering, Management and Business Studies, Teaching, Fashion Design, Travel and Hospitality Management, Accountancy, European Studies, or even Medicine.

How do I prepare? 

  1. Read the specification and know what is expected of you during the 2 year course.

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Click on ‘Download’ underneath A Level French Specification in Key Documents. There are links below to the film (Les Choristes) and the novel (No et Moi) that you will study.

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  1. Know your basic verbs and basic grammar rules!
  • Recap basic rules on how to conjugate verbs into the present, past and future tenses. *You can use your grammar book or your revision guide from GCSE French to help you with this. Alternatively, click on the link below as a refresher.

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Recap basic rules on how adjectives work in French. *You can use your grammar book or your revision guide from GCSE French to help you with this. Alternatively, click on the link below as a refresher.

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Recap basic direct and indirect object pronouns. *You can use your grammar book or your revision guide from GCSE French to help you with this. Alternatively, click on the link below as a refresher.

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  1. Know your topic- based vocabulary!

Click on the links below to view the most common vocabulary from the first few A Level topics. Can you correctly translate the vocabulary and questions? Can you answer the questions in French?

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Course Leader of French

Mrs Boddison

Sarah.boddison@woodgreenacademy.co.uk

Wood Green Academy is an 11-19 over-subscribed National Support School specialising in Sport, Maths and Computing.

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