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Anna Honey

“ Lady Margaret School has provided me with the opportunity to succeed in all aspects of academic life, as well as helping me achieve my goals outside the classroom.”

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Key Stage 5

What will I Study? 
In addition to lessons spent on the various literary and linguistic tasks, strong commitment outside the classroom is demanded, in terms of reading for pleasure, visits to the theatre and cinema and study visits to France. Pupils will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of target-language culture by exploring several aspects of that culture. They will have a wide choice of topics to choose from including literature and the arts with the study of a French novel. A trip to Paris, taking place every two years, provides further opportunity for the pupils to develop their language skills and enhance their cultural knowledge. Girls studying

How will I be assessed?
At AS level, pupils will be assessed as follows:

Unit 1: Speaking (April-May)
8-10 minutes 
30% of AS (or 15% of A level) 

Unit 2: Listening, Reading and Writing (June) 
2 hours 30 minutes 
70% of AS (or 35% of A level) 
At A2 level, pupils will be assessed as follows: 

Unit 3: Speaking (April-May) 
11-13 minutes 
35% of A2 (or 17.5% of A level) 

Unit 4: Research and Understanding and Written Response
2 hours 30minutes 
65% of A2 (or 32.5% of A level)

Future opportunities 
In a world where the knowledge of an additional language is increasingly becoming a valued asset, pupils with an A level in French will have access to a wider range of careers. These include working for the European institutions, international business, teaching, translation and the tourism and lei-sure industry. 

What are the entry requirements?
An A or A* grade at GCSE French is required. Pupils must understand that the course is hard and it requires utter commitment both in and outside of lessons. Worthwhile grades are only achieved the hard way. The language and literature of France will prove a stimulating study and a good training for higher education. 

A Modern Language can be a very useful qualification combined with other subjects, especially in the light of the new opportunities in Europe. Various universities offer courses combining a subject with French in an effort to prepare pupils to become the international political and business leaders of tomorrow.

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