Exam Board: EDEXCEL
Many 21st Century jobs are international jobs. One of the aims of the A Level is to provide an opportunity for pupils to broaden their studies and to acquire the different skills required by many employers.
Studying a language in the Sixth Form helps to develop communication skills, teamwork and independence. Many of the pupils at TWGGS go on to spend part of their education and/ or career in other European states. A sound knowledge of one or several languages is increasingly important for their future.
The specification is designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills specified for GCSE. It promotes progression and provides a suitable foundation for the study of the subject in higher education or provides direct entry into employment. Whatever choice of career pupils wish to embark upon, be it in the travel industry, media, business, working for an international organisation or in banking, the study of languages at AS or A2 Level will enhance their prospects.
Speaking (8-10 minutes) Topic based conversation and general conversation
AS 30% A2 15%
Listening, Reading and Writing (2 1/2 hours)
AS 70% A2 35%
Speaking (11-13 minutes) A discussion on a chosen issue linked to one of the topics.
Writing (2 1/2 hours) Translation, 2 essay-writing, one which will be research-based.
Pupils will be required to listen to authentic material. The items may include informal dialogue, news items and interviews, talks or discussions of a more formal nature. Pupils will listen on their own personal cassette or CD player and have control of the recordings.
The reading and responding part of the examination will also be based on authentic texts which may be in the form of a narrative, interview, informative or argumentative articles. There will be a translation exercise of approximately 80 words from English into French.
The writing exam will be an essay of 240-270 words based on one of the areas of the Guided Studies option.
There will also be a research-based essay of 240-270 words, (not coursework).
Teaching is shared by two members of staff in each year group, who use a variety of techniques and encourage the pupils to become independent learners. An additional lesson with a native speaker will be provided. At school, pupils will have access to satellite TV, videos and the internet as well as ample reading and audio material for independent research. All materials are authentic and regularly updated.
Pupils will require: a bilingual dictionary (£25 max), a personal CD player for independent listening and an annual subscription to a magazine (combining reading, listening and grammar practice): £18.
There will be opportunities to visit Paris which will enhance language learning (approximate cost £200 - £310).
You could take this course to complement other advanced level course or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in French, which could lead onto higher education in French, Languages or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to French or Languages such as teaching, translating, or you may wish to use your French to study or work abroad. Whatever choice of career pupils wish to embark upon, be it in the travel industry, media, business, working for an international organisation or in banking, the study of languages at AS or A2 Level will enhance their prospects. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the travel and tourism sector.