FRENCH

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French A Level & AS Level Courses

French is the most popular modern language at Westminster Tutors and indeed our proximity to the Institut français in London makes it an excellent place to study. Students continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of the French language, broadening their vocabulary range, grammatical competence and oral fluency, and also explore the rich culture of France and other francophone countries.

Course outline

Theme 1 - Les changements dans la société française

  • Les changements dans les structures familiales
  • L’éducation
  • Le monde du travail

Theme 2 - La culture politique et artistique dans les pays francophones

  • La musique
  • Les médias
  • Les festivals et les traditions

Theme 3 - L’immigration et la société multiculturelle française

  • L’impact positif de l’immigration sur la société française
  • Répondre aux défis de l’immigration et l’intégration en France
  • L’extrême droite

Theme 4 - L’Occupation et la Résistance

  • La France occupée
  • La régime de Vichy
  • La Résistance

Assesment

AS Level French

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation

  • Assessment of vocabulary and structures across themes 1-2
  • 64 marks
  • 1 hour 45 minutes written paper
  • 40% of total AS level

Paper 2: Written response to works and translation

  • Assessment of one literary text or one film
  • 60 marks
  • 1 hour 40 minutes written paper
  • 30% of total AS level

Speaking

  • Assessment of content across themes 1-2
  • 72 marks
  • Between 27 and 30 minutes total assessment time
  • Internally conducted and externally assessed
  • 30% of total AS level

A Level French

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation

  • Assessment of vocabulary and structures across all four themes
  • 80 marks
  • 2 hours written paper
  • 40% of total A level

Paper 2: Written response to works and translation

  • Assessment of two literary texts or one literary text and one film
  • 120 marks
  • 2 hours 40 minutes written paper
  • 30% of total A level

Speaking

  • Assessment of content across all four themes
  • 72 marks
  • Between 21 and 23 minutes total assessment time
  • Internally conducted and externally assessed
  • 30% of total A level

Set Texts

Literary texts

  • Boule de Suif et autres contes de guerre (Boule de Suif, Un Duel, Deux Amis, La Mère Sauvage), Guy de Maupassant, 1880 (short stories)
  • La Place, Annie Ernaux, 1983 (novel)
  • Le Blé en Herbe, Colette, 1923 (novel)
  • Le Château de ma Mère, Marcel Pagnol, 1957 (novel)
  • Le Gone du Chaâba, Azouz Begag, 2005 (novel)
  • Les Mains Sales, Jean-Paul Sartre, 1948 (play)
  • Les Petits Enfants du siècle, Christiane Rochefort, 1961 (novel)
  • Le Tartuffe, Molière, 1669 (play)
  • L’Étranger, Albert Camus, 1942 (novel)
  • No et Moi, Delphine de Vigan, 2007 (novel)
  • Thérèse Desqueyroux, François Mauriac, 1927 (novel)
  • Une si longue lettre, Mariama Bâ, 1981 (novel)
  • Un Sac de Billes, Joseph Joffo, 1973 (novel)

Films

  • Au Revoir les Enfants, dir. Louis Malle (1987)
  • Chocolat, dir. Claire Denis (1988)
  • Cléo de 5 à 7, dir. Agnès Varda (1962)
  • Deux Jours, une Nuit, dirs. Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne (2014)
  • Entre les murs, dir. Laurent Cantet (2008)
  • Intouchables, dirs. Oliver Nakache, Eric Toledano (2011)
  • La Haine, dir. Mathieu Kassovitz (1995)
  • La Vie en Rose, dir. Olivier Dahan (2007)
  • Le Dernier Métro, dir. Françöis Truffaut (1980)
  • Les Choristes, dir. Christophe Barratier (2004)
  • Les 400 Coups, dir. Françöis Truffaut (1959)
  • Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles, dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2004)

Specification

Although we offer all exam boards as our courses are individually designed, our chosen specification is Edexcel French (8FR0 and 9FR0).

Tutors

Richard Ings
BA (Sussex)

Why Choose Westminster Tutors?

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  • In 2020 A levels 68% A*-A and 92% A*-B
  • In 2020 72% placed at Russell Group unis
  • Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ across the board
  • Superbly qualified teachers who care
  • Average A level retake improvement is 2.4 grades
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