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Upton Hall School

Inspiring Young People

French

Course Overview

If you are fascinated by French and its differences from English, then this course is for you. Through listening, reading, speaking and writing the language you will gain awareness and understanding of the cultural, social, commercial and political background of the countries where French is spoken.

We enable students to build on the skills acquired at GCSE and to develop an understanding of the grammar of French. Languages are demanding at this level but will definitely enhance employment prospects and will facilitate the opportunities to travel abroad.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE French is required for A Level French.

A Level Topics and Assessment

  1. Being a young person in a French speaking society
  2. Understanding the French speaking world
  3. Diversity and difference
  4. France 1940-1950: the occupation and post war years
  5. Study of one film
  6. Study of literature (one novel)

WJEC (Eduqas)

Unit 1: Speaking Test Unit 2: Listening, Reading and Translation

Unit 3: Critical and Analytical response in writing

Length 

21-23 minutes

 

Written Exam:

2 hours and 30 minutes

Written exam:

2 hours

Weighting 

60 marks 

30% of A Level 

100 marks 

50% of A Level 

40 marks 

20% of A Level 

Beyond the Classroom and Future Prospects

Language study contributes to a broad general education and gives you invaluable practical and transferable skills for the future. You may choose to specialise in French at university or combine French with other subjects such as Engineering or History. In most careers nowadays language abilities are highly valued. Recent A Level linguists have gone on to take, among other disciplines, Business Studies, European Studies, and International or European Law.

Student Experience

I really enjoyed studying French because it was a relaxed environment. The course was really interesting looking at French culture too.