AS/A Level French Course
Exam board: WJEC
AS Level: 2800QS – A Level: 1800QS
French is a well-recognised academic subject and also a genuinely useful subject that covers a wide range of skill areas ranging from communication, understanding difference and cultural diversity to citizenship, problem-solving and appreciation of the arts; enabling you to take your place in a multilingual global society. It therefore provides a broad base of understanding, through the medium of French, of a wide range of disciplines (sociology, politics, economics, world issues, cinema, history, literary appreciation). The course provides a transition from GCSE French to further study at university..
French is an engaging academic subject but also a real-life skill. Since its main focus is communication, French is very desirable to employers in today’s global field. Being proficient in a foreign language is a skill that will complement ALL other subject areas and skills.
Studying A Level French enables progression onto numerous degree courses. It can be combined with other subjects as a Joint Honours Degree such as Law, Business, Finance and Marketing, Management, Engineering, IT, Translation and Interpreting, mathematics and many more. In the 21st century, every career requires good communication skills and often requires us to liaise with colleagues in other countries. Foreign language skills are hugely desirable in the world of work.
To study A Level French you need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4-9 / C or above.
You also require grade 5 / C or above in French.
We follow the WJEC’s French AS /A Level course.
The WJEC AS and A level in French provides an engaging and exciting opportunity for learners to build on their previous study of French. Through social, intellectual and cultural themes learners will be able to develop their linguistic knowledge and cultural understanding of the countries or communities where the language is spoken.
You will be working on expanding your knowledge in these areas and also further developing your skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.
The course content covers the two main areas of interest:
- social issues and trends
- political, intellectual and artistic culture.
Under these two areas of interest a total of four themes have been chosen to offer
learners an extensive and pertinent learning experience. These four themes are in
turn divided into sub-themes.
For each area of interest i and ii, Themes 1 and 2 will be studied at AS and Themes
3 and 4 will be studied at A level.
This is a unitised specification which allows for an element of staged assessment.
Assessment opportunities will be available in the summer assessment period each year,
until the end of the life of the specification.
This specification is divided into a total of 5 units, 2 AS units and 3 A2 units. Weightings
noted below are expressed in terms of the full A level qualification.
Access Arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment. For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way, Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.
We can arrange access arrangements and assess you with our special assessor. The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year the learner sits the exams.
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