Can I get an A at French A level if I'm not a fluent/native speaker

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I'm a year 11 student currently taking French for GCSE. For alevel I want to take English lit, RS, French and Maths. However, can I get an A at alevel if I'm not a fluent speaker if I am predicted a 7/8 at GCSE (A/low A*). Any help appreciated
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I'm a year 11 student currently taking French for GCSE. For alevel I want to take English lit, RS, French and Maths. However, can I get an A at alevel if I'm not a fluent speaker if I am predicted a 7/8 at GCSE (A/low A*). Any help appreciated
It's not impossible to get an A or A* in A-Level French but obviously any A-Level subject is tougher than at GCSE level. If you just work hard and apply the same studying/revision skills you'll be fine. If you do need any help with French there's many other TSRians around such as @Sonechka. Hope that helps.
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I'm a year 11 student currently taking French for GCSE. For alevel I want to take English lit, RS, French and Maths. However, can I get an A at alevel if I'm not a fluent speaker if I am predicted a 7/8 at GCSE (A/low A*). Any help appreciated
It's not impossible to get an A or A* in A-Level French but obviously any A-Level subject is tougher than at GCSE level. If you just work hard and apply the same studying/revision skills you'll be fine. If you do need any help with French there's many other TSRians around such as Sonechka . Hope that helps.
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I believe A-level at around A grade is considered B1~B2 (CEFR) standard in the langauge, compared with near-native proficiency to fluency being around C2 level. Thus, A-level necessarily below that and the A-level exam boards won't expect in any way for you to be at near-native or native proficiency levels. Moreover, universities sometimes/often (this seems to vary a lot) don't accept A-levels in a language you have native proficiency/fluency in, because it's so far below the level of your ability so as to not be a useful indicator of academic achievement (which is what the point of A-levels are from an admissions perspective to a large extent). Essentially, all signs point to this not being the case.
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Thank you so much for the help!!
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Thank you so much for the help!!
I take A level French AQA to be specific, I'm a non native speaker btw, and honestly, its the least stressful of my subjects at the moment, from day 1 you HAVE to put in the effort. Grammar is a must!, you really cant blag your way through french because its a language you have to learn.
As for Rs though, i promise there'll be literal tears, we use the OCR spec and its sooo content heavy, plus, its pretty hard to get an A in my opinion, take it from someone who got an A in GCSE. The amount of scholars, quotes and information that you have to revise for will hit you in the second year, youll be feeling the pressure for sure.
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I'm a year 11 student currently taking French for GCSE. For alevel I want to take English lit, RS, French and Maths. However, can I get an A at alevel if I'm not a fluent speaker if I am predicted a 7/8 at GCSE (A/low A*). Any help appreciated
Ps. girllll, those four subject mixed together are a killa
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I'm a year 11 student currently taking French for GCSE. For alevel I want to take English lit, RS, French and Maths. However, can I get an A at alevel if I'm not a fluent speaker if I am predicted a 7/8 at GCSE (A/low A*). Any help appreciated
Definitely! Honestly they don't expect you to be fluent by the end and there is quite a bit of leeway for mistakes.



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I take A level French AQA to be specific, I'm a non native speaker btw, and honestly, its the least stressful of my subjects at the moment, from day 1 you HAVE to put in the effort. Grammar is a must!, you really cant blag your way through french because its a language you have to learn.
As for Rs though, i promise there'll be literal tears, we use the OCR spec and its sooo content heavy, plus, its pretty hard to get an A in my opinion, take it from someone who got an A in GCSE. The amount of scholars, quotes and information that you have to revise for will hit you in the second year, youll be feeling the pressure for sure.
^ This is very true. You can't cram for French the way you can for other subjects.


I'd go for it though
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