Rickmansworth School Sixth Form Prospectus

Examining Body - Edexcel LINEAR


REQUIREMENTS - GCSE LEVEL Grade 7 in French or Grade 6 in consultation with Subject Leader

ADDITIONAL COSTS - Approx Bilingual Dictionary £25 Textbook £30 Magazine Subscription £15

Students are encouraged to travel abroad at least once during their course and take advantage of the opportunities offered to participate in a work experience programme in France. The cost of such trips is approximately £500.


ASSESSMENT A LEVEL - comprised of three exams: COMPONENT 1 Listening, Reading & Translation 80marks 40% of A Level mark

Throughout the course, students study how French-speaking society has been shaped, socially and culturally, and how it continues to change. Aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of French-speaking countries. Students study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. They will study highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema, and learn about political engagement and who wields political power in the French-speaking world. 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 study texts and film and will have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice. Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Topics covered: A LEVEL • Aspects of French speaking society: current trends • Artistic culture in the French speaking world • The Occupation and French Resistance during WWII • Immigration and the French multicultural society

COMPONENT 2 Written Response toWorks & Translation COMPONENT 3 Speaking Exam

120marks 30% of A Level mark

72marks 30% of A Level mark


Translation, Interpreting, Linguistics, Teaching, Finance, Food and Drink, Law, Sales and Marketing, Transport, Tourism and Leisure, Public Sector, International Organisations; including the UN and the EU institutions.


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