A-Level French

What will I be learning?

Topics are varied and appeal to different interests: 

  • The changing nature of family (La famille en voie de changement)  
  • The ‘cyber-society’ (La « cyber-société »)  
  • The place of voluntary work (Le rôle du bénévolat)  
  • Positive features of a diverse society (Les aspects positifs d’une société diverse)  
  • Life for the marginalised (Quelle vie pour les marginalisés ? )  
  • How criminals are treated (Comment on traite les criminels)  
  • A culture proud of its heritage (Une culture fière de son patrimoine)  
  • Contemporary francophone music (La musique francophone contemporaine)  
  • Cinema: the 7th art form (Cinéma : le septième art)  
  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment (Les ados, le droit de vote et l’engagement politique)  
  • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power? (manifestations, grèves – à qui le pouvoir?)  
  • Politics and immigration (La politique et l’immigration)  

Your studies will also include continued study of grammar and language, as well as a work of literature and a film. 

How will I be assessed?

  • Listening, reading & writing (translation element) paper (50%) 
  • Writing paper (covering the film / literature element) (20%) 
  • Speaking exam (with a stimulus card and a presentation of individual research project) (30%)                                                                        

Independent Study Options 

Students will have to choose a topic area for the speaking exam (individual research project). This will involve choosing an aspect of French-speaking culture and preparing a presentation and discussion. It is to be done entirely independently and can focus on a personal area of interest.

What resources do I need? 

There are no resources which you will need to provide yourself. Textbooks and other core materials will be provided. 

Will I go on any trips?

Currently, there are no trips for KS5 languages as yet but are working on providing access to trips in the future 

What careers could this lead on to?

Languages can be used in any walk of life, in any career. Obvious career choices include jobs such as translator, teacher or working in the travel and tourism sector, however, many people use their languages alongside their other subject specialisms and personal interests. 

What grades do I need to study A-Level French?

Students can only attempt an A-Level of the language they have studied previously and although we will consider applications on a case by case basis, a grade of a 6 or higher is the minimum needed in order to access the course successfully.