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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.

Examination Board EDUQAS

Qualification Accreditation Number 603/0071/1

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.

Examination Board EDUQAS

Qualification Accreditation Number 603/0071/1

Let's go on a journey to find your future.

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

  • Course Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Assessment Information
  • Progression Route
  • How do I prepare?

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.

 
Theme 1: Being a young person in 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 3: 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

 
Course Leader of French

Mrs Boddison

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

Component 1

Speaking-

Presentation and discussion of independent research project followed by discussed of stimulus card. 

 

Component 2

Listening, Reading and Translation-

Answering questions based on French passages, translation from French into English. 

 

Component 3

Critical and analytical response in writing

Two written essays- one based on the literary work (No et moi) and the second on a film (Les Choristes).   

 

 

Assessment Topic Area Duration Value
Component 1 Speaking Exam21-23 minutes30% Qualifications
Component 2 Listening, Reading and Translation2 hours 30 minutes50% Qualifications
Component 3Critical and analytical response in writing2 hours20% Qualifications

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

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? 

Useful Websites
TV 5 Monde Explore Website
Bonjour de France Explore Website
French TV Online Explore Website
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Course Leader of French
Mrs Boddison Sarah.boddison@woodgreenacademy.co.uk