A Level Course Listing


Whether you want to use French for work, for further study, training, or for leisure, this course will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge. This new specification gives you an excellent grounding in all aspects of the French language, with the opportunity to demonstrate your ability in speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as to study social and cultural aspects of the French speaking world. Furthermore, French A Level will allow you to tackle a range of inspiring and engaging themes through the study of popular literary texts and films.

There are many benefits to studying A Level French:

i. it supports breadth and depth of study by building on the strengths of the previous learning

ii. it offers the opportunity to study a range of social and cultural topics related to countries where French is spoken; topics have been streamlined with only four areas of study

iii. straightforward assessment with no coursework required

iv. you will sit only one speaking assessment and a large proportion of this is student-led

v. literary texts and films have been chosen to compliment the areas of study and develop a better understanding of France

vi. this new specification is excellent preparation if you intend to study French at degree level or are interested in careers where French may be useful

Where can it lead?

28 countries around the world have French as an official language. French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, UNESCO and NATO and an ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market. This course will allow you to truly enhance your linguistic skills.

If you are interested in languages and communication, and you enjoy learning about other cultures and ways of life, then French A Level could be suitable for you. Similarly, if you are interested in the business world, in travel or tourism, in literature, or in journalism and the media, then you are also likely to find the course very appropriate.

There are a number of options in the course where you can choose your topic or question to suit your interests. Many of our students continue with French at degree level or combine it with a new language or another subject.

Whether you want to use French for work, for further study, training, or for leisure, this course will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge.

Course Outline

Examination board: WJEC Eduqas A800QS

Entry Requirements

At least a grade 6 at GCSE.

A Level assessment;

The French A Level is a linear qualification therefore all assessments must be taken at the end of the second year of study.

The course consists of two externally-examined components assessing listening, reading, writing skills and a non-examined assessment assessing speaking skills. The speaking exam is externally set and will be conducted and marked by a visiting examiner.

You will study four main topic areas and the focus is on France, Francophone countries and the French society.

Component 1: Speaking

The assessment lasts for between 21 and 23 minutes.

This paper accounts for 30% of the final grade and is divided into two parts; part one draws on structures and vocabulary covered across the four themes whilst part two is a student- led presentation/discussion which allows the student to research their own area of interest pertaining to their country of study.

Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation

This paper accounts for 50% of the overall grade and comprises of three parts; listening, reading and responding and translation. This paper draws on the society and culture themes and examines the ideas, vocabulary and grammar covered throughout the course.

Component 3: Critical and analytical response in writing

This paper allows students a level of flexibility and accounts for 20% of the overall grade. You will be expected to answer one question in French on a set film and one question on a set text. You may be familiar with some of the texts and films that we study prior to embarking upon the A Level course.