Entry requirementsA minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE including GCSE English Language (grade 4). GCSE grade B or above in French is required.
An A Level qualification in French is a valuable part of any subject combination. You can develop your linguistic skills to a high level and build up an awareness of a range of topical issues.
DurationThe AS course lasts a year. The full A Level lasts two years. Students will attend 4.5 hours of lessons a week and an extra 30 minutes in groups of 2/3 with a foreign language assistant.
What will I study?
Year 1:Aspects of French speaking society: Current trends
• The changing nature of the family
• Cyber society
• The place of voluntary work
Artistic Culture in the French speaking world
• A culture proud of its heritage
• Contemporary francophone music
• Cinema: the 7th art form
Students will also study a French language film in the first year.
Year 2:Aspects of French speaking society: Current trends
• Positive features of a diverse society
• Life for the marginalised
• How criminals are treated
Aspects of political life in the French speaking world
• Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
• Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
• Politics and immigration
Students will also study a French language film and literary work in the second year. You will have a lesson with the French assistant each week, and you will be encouraged to spend some time in a French-speaking country during the course.
How will I be assessed?
Year 1 examsPaper 1: listening, reading, writing – 40% of Year 1
Paper 2: writing – 30% of Year 1
Paper 3: speaking – 30% of Year 1
Year 2 examsPaper 1: listening, reading, writing – 40% of Year 2
Paper 2: writing – 30% of Year 2
Paper 3: speaking – 30% of Year 2
Good course combinationsStudents can combine French successfully with the full range of A Levels.
What could it lead to?Many students go on to a language related degree course. There are many degree courses offering courses including language study. Possible careers include teaching, translation, journalism, publishing, and work in the tourism or financial sectors.
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100% Achievement in 2016.
Previously of Millthorpe School
A Level French
“I chose French because I wanted to experience a foreign language in depth, and at A Level I feel like you get a proper understanding of the language and also new cultures. The lessons cover lots of skills such as listening, reading, writing and speaking so that you feel confident and prepared in every part of the language, and support from my tutors really helped improve my ability.”