Course Details

Qualification: French Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE to include a minimum of a grade 4 in Maths and English Language as well as French at grade B or above. However, due to the new GCSE grading, we do recommend that you are working towards at least a grade 5 in both Maths and English Language. Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years

A Level French will allow you to improve your speaking, writing and reading skills to an advanced level. You will also explore the society, culture and current affairs of France to gain a deeper appreciation of the language.

You will look at the work of an author and the work of a director, plus focus on topics such as family and relationships, youth trends, multiculturalism in France and French speaking countries and in depth study of France 1940-1950. In addition to these topics, students will do an in-depth study of a literacy work and a film.


Component 1: Speaking
The aim of this component is to develop independent research skills through the completion of a project on an area of personal interest. This will broaden knowledge and appreciation of the countries or communities where French is spoken and will not be covered by the specification thus allowing for individuality. Students will also become adept at discussing issues ensuing from the topics covered in the syllabus.

Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation
The aim of this component is to develop listening, reading comprehension and translation skills using stimulus materials in French based on the four themes under the two areas of interest. This will include:
Social issues and trends
• Travel and exploration
• Diversity and difference

Political, intellectual and artistic culture
• Contemporary youth culture
• France 1940-1950: The Occupation and post-war years

Component 3: Critical and analytical response in writing
The aim of this component is to develop a detailed understanding of two works in French, either two books or one book and a film. Students will engage with stimulating works/films in French, developing an appreciation of sophisticated and creative uses of the language and understanding them within their cultural and social context.

Component 1: Speaking
Non-exam assessment 21-23 minutes
30% of qualification
Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
50% of qualification
Component 3: Critical and analytical response in writing (closed-book)
Written examination: 2 hours
20% of qualification

During the course you will be given the opportunity to attend a variety of trips and visits which will enhance your studies. This might include visits to the Cornerhouse Theatre in Manchester to view foreign films and you will have an opportunity to take part in a residential visit to France or Spain and to host a visiting exchange student. There are also regular workshops to support your studies, which give you more chance to practise speaking in your chosen language.

You will study in modern classrooms with interactive learning technology, and will have access to up-to-date resources.


Did you know that people who study languages have some of the lowest unemployment rates in the country? In other words, people who can speak more than one language are in very high demand by employers! The possession of a second language often raises your basic salary considerably, making the study of a modern foreign language very profitable. Research suggests that over 90% of careers using languages are in non-linguistic professions.

Former students of French have gone on to study at some top universities, including the University of Aberdeen, Keele University, the University of Manchester, Newcastle University and the University of Oxford, reading language based subjects and other challenging degrees such as International Relations and Politics, French and German, Teaching and International Business.

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