Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing—2 hours 30 minutes (50 marks)
Students are assessed on their ability to respond to different registers of spoken and written French from a range of contexts and sources. Materials include factual and abstract content and questions target main points, gist and detail. There are also translations into English and French.
Paper 2: Written—2 hours (80 marks)
Students are assessed on EITHER one literary text and one film OR two literary texts. Two essays of approximately 300 words equire students to show both critical appreciation and analytical response.
Paper 3: Speaking— 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time) (60marks)
Students take part in a discussion in French, based on a stimulus card relating to a theme studied. They also present and discuss an individual research project on a topic that interest them.
Grade 6 or above
What type of student is this course suitable for?
The course is linear and students sit all exams at the end of two years’ study. They will study current issues and trends in French-speaking society, as well as aspects of artistic culture and political life. In addition they will develop their knowledge of advanced vocabulary and grammatical structure.
Where could this course take you?
Jobs directly related to a French degree can include interpreting or translating, as well as journalism. Other possibilities would be the Diplomatic Service, international law, marketing and international aid or development and the Intelligence Service to name but a few! Language skills are highly sought after by employers: the Confederation of British Industry has started that the UK economy loses over £48,000,000,000 per year due to a lack of language skills amongst the British workforce.
What our students say
- “The ability to speak languages has taken me to places I never dreamed a girl from North Hykeham would go. I’ve done things I’d never imagined I’d do!”
- My A Level in French has given me the opportunity to spend a year in France as part of my Business degree, learning more about the language, the culture and the European Market.”
- “A level ignited a love of languages in me which still burns today in my studies at Oxford.”