School Logo


French- A Level


Examining Board

Specification Title

Specification Code


A Level French



Course Leader: Mrs S Cooke

What’s it all about?

Choosing to study French at A Level is really good idea.  For those who want a fascinating subject offering wider career opportunities, higher earning potential and a challenge that will engage and absorb you throughout, then A Level French is the answer for you.  It is also a facilitating subject which the top universities want. You will study different aspects of the French-speaking world and gain insight into its fascinating cultural heritage.    As you grow to become an informed member of our multilingual global society, you can be confident that your knowledge and skills will open doors to many new and exciting futures.


What are the entry requirements?

A Level French builds strongly on the foundations of your GCSE study.  In addition to the general entry requirements for A Level study of 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and Maths, you will need to achieve a minimum grade 5 in French GCSE to give you the right preparation for success at advanced level.  You will also need to ensure that you are motivated and prepared for the challenge ahead.  Understanding how to work effectively both in and beyond lessons is vital.


What will I learn on this course?

You will study social issues and trends in French and within the French-speaking world, this including family structures (new and traditional), the challenges and opportunities of la ‘cyber-société’, the world of voluntary work, diversity in modern society, life for marginalised people and the treatment of criminals.  You will also study artistic culture, looking at cultural heritage, music and cinema.  Finally, you will study French political life, studying voting rights, power and where it lies and current issues of immigration and integration.  This may look like the specification for many other A Level courses yet of course you will learn to discuss, evaluate, analyse these themes in French!  You will develop a significant range of skills, including translation skills of unseen texts, ability to plan and implement focused research including critical appreciation of literary works and other media.  The focus at A Level is on studying how French society has been shaped culturally and socially and how it continues to grow as a vibrant nation.  This will of course look at the political landscape as well as France’s global role within the wider world.  As you will appreciate, this will be exciting and interesting throughout!


How will I be assessed?

A Level French is a two-year linear course, this meaning that you are assessed at the end of the two years by formal external examinations.  Paper 1 is a listening, reading and writing paper of 2.5 hours and is worth 50% of the final grade.  Paper 2 is a writing paper and you will write on a text and a film studied (or two texts) – this is 2 hours in length and is worth 20% of the final grade.  Speaking is assessed in Paper 3.  A 30-minute test is worth 30% of the final grade and you will speak about your individual research project (into an aspect of French-speaking society).


Is there anything else I need to know?

Lessons will be challenging , engaging and enjoyable.  You will be expected to prepare well for each lesson with independent research and you will participate fully in debate and discussion.  As the classes will be smaller you will participate fully and get more teacher help.


Grammar will be constantly present throughout the course and will feature in each lesson, learning in an enjoyable and effective way.  You will practise implementing new grammar in your work and see your own progress in regular assessments.


For more information on A LEVEL FRENCH go to the AQA website.


Who can I contact for further information?

S Cooke (Head of Languages)