The course will help you prepare your students for the film and literature elements of the Edexcel A level specifications. The course will focus on characterisation, themes, sub-texts and literary and cinematographic techniques as well as considering the language needed for students to produce coherent pieces of writing. These include what makes a good essay, how to plan effectively and how to make notes from a variety of sources. All ideas, techniques and resources are easily transferrable to any language.


  • Explore a range of strategies and approaches to study literature and a film
  • Reflect on the examination questions and learn how to improve student outcomes
  • Consider how mark schemes are applied and how to maximise student potential
  • Acquire effective techniques to encourage depth and analysis
  • Discuss approaches to develop oral and essay writing skills
  • A full range of ready-to-use resources and teaching ideas
COURSE DATES London | Monday 4 November 2019
London | Friday 14 February 2020
  • Pearson Edexcel A level French teachers
  • Heads of French
  • Heads of MFL
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.30am
Building on feedback from 2019 examinations

  • The assessment contexts – detailed examination of indicative content and language mark schemes for Edexcel
  • Key feedback from the 2019 examinations and bringing that into our teaching
  • Teaching considerations – how to approach the texts/films set by Edexcel
  • Effective approaches and strategies for teaching literature and films – how to find which style suits you and your students best

10.30 – 12.30pm
Characters, Themes, Styles and Techniques

  • Engaging classroom activities- how to approach texts/films and how to progress
  • Answering questions on authors’ and directors’ styles, techniques and intentions
  • Teaching approaches for the language of film and literature
  • Developing responses to produce succinct, analytical answers, in fluid French
  • Reviewing example answers: what makes a C, A and A* (these will be selected from the most popular options: Un sac de billes, L’Etranger and No et moi; La Haine, Intouchables, Les Choristes and Au revoir les enfants
  • Independent learning – research and group work that really expands student understanding
  • Differentiated approaches- teaching mixed ability classes

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.45pm
Preparing for the examination: strategies and techniques to prepare students for the main exam questions

  • Develop and improve essay writing skills- a blend of content, range of language and accuracy to match the mark schemes
  • Using complex grammar in context – what fits best and what suits students
  • Improve student performance and grades – upgrading, peer marking, learning from others
  • The exam questions and how to approach them – using the AOs to strengthen student understanding

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Final tips and strategies

  • Presenting the texts and films to your students, to meet the requirements of your cohort
  • Linking the texts and films into your year plan, including for revision
  • Sources and how to exploit them
  • Meeting individual needs – successfully managing the different issues of your students
  • Excellent ideas for revision plans and techniques

Plenary and Depart

Stuart Glover

Stuart is a renowned expert in GCSE and A Level French. He has been chief examiner for igcse French for 5 years, Principal moderator for GCSE French at AQA for 12 years, reviser, presenter, principal examiner for GCSE writing and lead examiner for FCSE French. He has also examined at A Level for many years for the same awarding body. He has written The Pearson Revise books and practice papers for AQA and Edexcel GCSE (new and old spec) as well as the OUP French text book for the new GCSE for AQA and have written the assessment materials for Studio French GCSE for Edexcel and AQA editions of the textbook as well as materials for online testing. Stuart is currently teaching Years 12 and 13 part-time at an academy in Gloucester, after having been head of MFL in two secondary schools.

GCSE French