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Project Description
Exam Board: AQA
Units Studied: At Painsley Sixth Form College, A Level courses in French, German and Spanish are offered. The AQA specification is followed.

Year 12


The following topics are covered:

Social issues and trends:

  • The changing nature of the family
  • The “cyber-society” francophone music
  • The place of voluntary work

Artistic culture:

  • A culture proud of its heritage
  • Contemporary
  • Cinema: the 7th art form

Literary texts and films

One film or book from a prescribed list.

Paper One: Listening, Reading and Writing (40% of AS qualification)

  • Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources
  • Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes
  • Translation into English

Paper Two: Writing (30% of AS qualification)

  • Translation into French
  • Essay (choice of two questions) on a film studied

Paper Three: Speaking (30% of AS qualification)

  • Discussion of two themes studied during the year based on a stimulus card

Year 13

The A Level course is assessed in the second year, with students covering all of the above topics, plus the following:

Aspects of political life:

  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
  • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
  • Politics and immigration

Literary texts and films

One film or book from a prescribed list

Individual research project

Assessment: Listening, Reading, Writing, Translation and Speaking exams.
College Entry Requirements: Minimum of 5 good grades at GCSE, including English and maths at a strong pass
Subject Specific Requirements: Grade B or above at GCSE in chosen language (French, German or Spanish) and a firm understanding of the grammar covered during the GCSE course is essential.
Career Links: Translating, interpreting and language teaching, languages with IT, law, finance or sales skills are in demand.