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AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in French

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture

What will you be working towards?

Code Fr
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Studying a modern foreign language at A level is an exciting, challenging yet rewarding adventure. Languages can take you in so many directions and our small class sizes will allow you to excel and gain in confidence.


Details

In the first year students study social and technological change alongside highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema.

Students also explore the influence of the past on present-day French-speaking communities.

Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study a text or a film.

In the second year further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing on issues, such as life for those on the margins of French-speaking society as well as looking at the positive influences that diversity brings. Students also study aspects of the political landscape in a French-speaking country, e.g immigration.

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where French is spoken. They will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in French.

The choice of works (literary texts and films) offers opportunities to link with the themes.


How will it be delivered?

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

What's assessed

Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends 

Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

Grammar

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes 

100 marks

50% of A-level

Questions

Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail. Studio recordings will be used and students will have individual control of the recording. 

All questions are in French, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in French (30 marks)

Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail. 

All questions are in French, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in French (50 marks)

Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks) 

Translation into French; a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks).

No access to a dictionary during the assessment.


Paper 2: Writing

What's assessed

One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification 

Grammar

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours 

80 marks in total

20% of A-level

Questions

Either one question in French on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in French on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in French on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text. 

All questions will require a critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered in the work and a critical and analytical response to features such as the form and the technique of presentation, as appropriate to the work studied (eg the effect of narrative voice in a prose text or camera work in a film).

No access to texts or films during the assessment.

No access to a dictionary during the assessment. 

Students are advised to write approximately 300 words per essay. 

Paper 3: Speaking 

What's assessed

Individual research project 

One of four themes (Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends, Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the French-speaking world, Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world)

How it's assessed

Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time) 

60 marks in total

30% of A-level

Questions

Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes). The student studies the card for 5 minutes at the start of the test (25 marks). 

Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks).

No access to a dictionary during the assessment (including 5 minutes preparation).

Students may take the assessment only once before certification.

Assessments will be conducted by either the centre or a visiting examiner and marked by an AQA examiner.

Entry requirements

• GCSE Grade 6 in French 

Your next steps...

A thorough knowledge of a Modern Foreign Language can form a strong foundation for a career in European Business. The career opportunities for those speaking a foreign language are immense. A Modern Foreign Language can be studied in Higher Education on its own or in combination with other subjects e.g. Business Studies, Law, Tourism etc. As well as teaching, translating and interpreting, a qualification in Modern Foreign Languages is an important asset in many other spheres - including commerce, industry and communications. 

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