A Level French
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.
What will you be working towards?
||GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
A Level French is an exciting, dynamic course which allows students with a flair for languages to indulge their passion by taking their skills to the next level. Over the course of two years, you will study a variety of topics including Francophone music and cinema, cultural heritage in the French-speaking world, crime, and immigration, whilst honing your four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will read two literary texts, one a contemporary French novel, learning to discuss and analyse these in essays. The speaking exam, as well as featuring the topics covered over the two years, also includes a presentation by you on a Francophone topic of your choice. You will start your research at the end of Year 12, aiming to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of your subject.
The content of the course has a focus on how French-speaking society has been shaped, socially and culturally, and how it continues to change. In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of French-speaking countries. In the second year further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing on issues such as life for those on the margins of French-speaking society as well as looking at the positive influences that diversity brings. Students also study aspects of the political landscape in a French-speaking country, looking at immigration from the political perspective and at the way in which political power is expressed through action such as strikes and demonstrations. Teenagers and the extent to which they are politically engaged looks towards the future of political life in French-speaking society.
How will it be delivered?
A-level French is a 2-year course, with three examinations at the end of the second year.
Paper 1 - Listening, Reading and Writing (2 hours 30 minutes) 50% of A-level
• Listening and responding to questions in the Target Language
• Reading and responding to questions in the Target Language.
• Translations from and into the Target Language.
Paper 2 - Writing (2 hours) 20% of A-level
• Answer 2 essay questions on 2 texts that you will have studied.
Paper 3 - 30% of A-level
• Discussion of one of the themes studied based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes)
• Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project.
GCSE Level 6 in French
Sixth Form entry also requires:
• GCSE Level 5 in English and Mathematics
• Four other GCSE’s at Level 5
Your next steps...
A Level Languages students can go on to study Languages at University - one or more, possibly alongside another subject. Universities often offer options to keep a language going as a minor subject alongside others, such a Business or Law. Travelling or working abroad is also a possibility. The ability to speak another language is a skill greatly valued by employers in many industries, opening up opportunities locally and further afield.