Grade 6 in GCSE French
The AS specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills, including communication, critical thinking and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and to society. The content has been designed to be of relevance to students of all disciplines, whether they want to progress to A Level or not.
Students will develop their understanding of themes relating to the society and culture of the countries where French is spoken, and their language skills; they will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in French.
The approach is a focus on how French speaking society has been shaped, socially and culturally, and how it continues to change. Students study aspects of the social context together with aspects of the artistic life of French speaking countries.
Students must also study one book or film from the lists in this specification. They must know, understand and be able to respond critically in writing in French/Spanish to the work they have studied. Their knowledge and understanding must include a critical response to aspects such as the structure of the plot, characterisation, and the use of imagery or other stylistic features as appropriate to the work studied.
Duration: 2 years
Exam Board: AQA
This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.
Assessments at the end of Year 13:
Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation (50% of A Level)
Paper 2: Writing (20% of A Level)
Paper 3: Speaking (30% of A Level)
A Level in French
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