The Exam

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The Exam

Like all AS and A2 subjects, French is made up of 6 assessed units; the first three make up the AS course and the second three added to the first three make up the A2.

Exactly what each module comprises varies from board to board, but here is a brief outline below:

Module: Edexcel:
1 Listening and writing
1 hour
30% of AS
15% of A2
2 Reading and writing
2 hours
40% of AS
20% of A2
3 Oral
10-12 mins
30% of AS
15% of A2
4 Oral or Interpreting
15 mins
15% of A2
5 Prescribed Text or Coursework
15% of A2
6 Listening and writing
45 mins
5% of A2
and
Reading and writing
45 mins
5% of A2
and
Writing in registers
1 hr 15 mins
10% of A2

There are five modules (3 for AS and an additional 2 for A2); these specify the content of the course. They are outlined below:

Module: Edexcel:
1 Food, health, diet, transport, travel and tourism, current affairs and media
2 Relationships, family and generations, social issues, law and justice, leisure and the Arts
3 Education, training and employment, business and industry, ICT
4 Energy, pollution and the environment, politics and citizenship, campaigning organisations and charities
5 Customs, beliefs and religions, the EU, worldwide problems

Unlike GCSE, you can see that there are not always distinct listening or reading papers, but that skills are mixed within one paper - for example, listening and writing in one. Don't let that put you off; you simply use your listening skills techniques in one section of a paper and your writing skills in another section.

What is the exam going to be like?

Although it's the first year through, your teachers have probably received specimen material and I'm sure you've got a fairly good idea of what awaits you. Again, it varies from board to board but you'll find some general tipsin the AS French Learn-Its...

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