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Albemarle Independent College, 18 Dunraven Street, Mayfair, London W1K 7FE


A Level Course Outline

Why choose Edexcel A Level French?

Languages should appeal to all students, and the new Edexcel A Level in French has been developed to inspire all students who have an appreciation of the language, literature, film and culture of the French-speaking world. Edexcel has designed a motivating course of study that will enable students to develop an advanced level knowledge and understanding of the French language, the culture of France and other francophone countries, as well as practical and valuable language and transferable study skills. This specification will help to prepare students for higher education and enhance their employability profile.

Inspiring and engaging Themes

The qualification features familiar and popular themes as well as some new content that provides clear links to some of the most fundamental and interesting aspects of the culture of the target language country and communities.

Popular literary texts and films

A rich choice of literary texts and films that includes contemporary and more classical titles, together with authentic source materials from France and the wider French-speaking world are on offer.

Rewards creativity

The assessments place an emphasis on spontaneity and grammar, as well as providing plenty of opportunities for students to apply their knowledge independently and creatively. Clear mark schemes encourage students to develop ideas and use language to persuade and analyse and give critical responses in their writing and speaking.

Clear and coherent structure

The qualification has a straightforward structure with four engaging Themes - Changes in French Society; Political and Artistic Culture in Francophone Countries; Immigration and multicultural French Society; The Occupation and the RĂ©sistance. The four Themes are studied alongside two works (either two literary texts or one literary text and one film) assessed through two externally-examined papers and one Non-exam assessment (oral).

Manageable content

Content is manageable and appropriate, so that students can be confident that they have enough time to cover what they need to at the appropriate depth.

Continuous progression

The exam content builds on the understanding developed at Key Stage 4 and AS Level and gives students the opportunity to learn and apply important transferable skills in critical thinking and analysis, enabling them to make a smooth transition to the next level of study.

French A level Course Specification

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation (*Paper code: 9FR0/01)
Written examination: 1 hour and 50 minutes
40% of the qualification
64 marks

This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all four Themes. Students are not permitted access to a dictionary during the examination.

Section A: Listening (24 marks)

A listening assessment based on a recording, featuring male and female French speakers. Students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and sources.

Section B: Reading (24 marks)

A reading assessment based on a variety of text-types and genres where students will have to respond to comprehension questions.

Section C: Translation into English (16 marks)

An unseen passage to be translated from French to English.

Paper 2: Written response to works and translation (*Paper code: 9FR0/02)
Written examination: 2 hours and 40 minutes
30% of the qualification
48 marks

This paper draws on the study of two discrete French works: either two literary texts, or one literary text and one film. The literary texts listed include a range of classic and contemporary novels, a series of short stories and plays. All of the films are feature length. This paper includes a translation exercise and two essays on either two literary texts, or one literary text and one film (students must not answer questions on two films). Students are not permitted access to a dictionary or any documentation relating to the works during the examination.

Section A: Translation (16 marks)

Students translate an unseen passage from English into French.

Section B: Written response to works (literary texts) (16 marks)

Students must write an extended response on either one or two of the literary texts Students select one question from a choice of two for each of their chosen literary text(s). If a student answers questions on two literary texts then they do not complete section C.

Section C: Written response to works (films) (16 marks)

Students who answer only one question from a literary text in Section B must now write an extended response on one of the film listed. Students select one question from a choice of two from their chosen film.

Paper 3: Speaking (*Paper code: 9FR0/03)
Internally conducted and externally assessed
Total assessment time: between 21 and 23 minutes, which includes a single period of 5 minutes' formal
preparation time
30% of the qualification
48 marks

Task 1 (discussion on a Theme)

Students discuss one Theme from the specification based on a stimulus containing two different statements.

Task 2 (presentation and discussion on independent research)

Students present a summary of the key findings of the written sources they have used for their research and answer questions on this. They then have a wider discussion on their research.

Course Textbook
Core Textbook: Edexcel A Level French - Hodder Education - ISBN 978-1-4718-5816-1

Introductory Reading
Le Monde, Le Figaro newspapers. Le Nouvel Observateur magazine

Further Reading
Guy de Maupassant : Boule de Suif, La Mere Sauvage, Un Duel, Deux Amis (short stories) Joseph Joffo : Un sac de billes (novel)