French

Qualification
AS & A2
Results
A* - B grade: 50% (2018)
Awarding Body
WJEC

Course Overview

The following topics will be studied with reference to French as well as in a wider global context as appropriate:

AS Level (year 1)

Theme 1: Being a young person in French-speaking society

  • Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships / relationships 
  • Youth trends, issues and personal identity
  • Educational and employment opportunities

Theme 2: Understanding the French-speaking world

  • Regional culture and heritage in France, French-speaking countries and communities
  • Literature, art, film and music in the French- speaking world

 

A Level (year 2)

Theme 3: Diversity and difference

  • Migration and integration
  • Cultural identity and marginalisation
  • Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference
  • Discrimination and diversity

Theme 4: France 1940-1950: The Occupation and the post-war years

From June 1940-May 1945 (occupation,liberation and end of World War II)

  • Life in Occupied France and the culturaldimension (théâtre, cinéma, littérature)
  • 1945-1950: rebuilding and restructuring
  • Repercussions for modern day France

 

As well as the specified topics, AS students will study a film from a prescribed list and A2 students will study a book from a prescribed list. 

During the course, pupils may have the opportunity to visit France as part of an exchange or trip, as well as regular visits to French cultural events. Pupils too have the opportunity to take part in Student Ambassador programmes with Routes into Languages and Cardiff University.

Pupils will also have the opportunity to speak French regularly with a native speaker, and learn about French culture.

How is the Course Assessed?

AS Level (year 1)

Unit 1: Speaking Non-exam assessment

  • 12-15 minutes (plus additional 15 minutes preparation time)
  • 12% of qualification
  • 48 marks

Task 1: Arguing a point of view based on a written stimulus card  (5-6 minutes) 

Task 2: Discussion based on a second written stimulus card (7-9 minutes) 

Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

 

Unit 2: Listening, reading, translation and critical response in writing

  • Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 28% of qualification
  • 84 marks

Section A: Listening 

Section B: Reading 

Section C: Translation – from French into English/Welsh

Section D: Critical response in writing 

Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

 

A Level (year 2)

Unit 3: Speaking non-exam assessment

  • 11-12 minutes
  • 18% of qualification
  • 72 marks

Independent research project

(a) Presentation of independent research project (2 minutes)

(b) Discussion on the content of the independent research project (9-10 minutes)  

Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

 

Unit 4: Listening, reading and translation

  • written examination
  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 30%  of qualification
  • 100 marks

Section A: Listening 

Section B: Reading 

Section C: Translation – from English/Welsh into French

 

Unit 5: Critical and analytical response in writing (closed-book)

  • Written examination
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 12% of qualification
  • 40 marks

One essay question–based on the study of one literary work taken from the prescribed list 

Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries or texts in any part of the assessment.

What Next?

The ability to speak another language is a definite asset. Modern foreign languages are commonly used in the world of commerce, international business, diplomacy, the world of art, financial services, the media, tourism and technology.

A modern foreign language is relevant and useful for a number of degree courses such as: law, medical courses, business studies, marketing, export management, journalism, media studies, education, and tourism.

Specific Entry Requirements

6 GCSEs A* - C, including a grade B or above in French (higher tier).

You will be able to apply for this course at interview.