French

As a language learner at A Level you will develop the skills and confidence to consider yourself a ‘World Citizen’ who belongs in a multicultural, mutually respectful world.

You will develop your ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of people in different contexts, deepen your understanding of France and Francophone countries and cultures and become more open and adaptable to new experiences.

Learning a language at A Level is a stimulating challenge which gives you a competitive edge in today’s global market. You will be trained to think analytically, to pay attention to detail and to present ideas in a logical fashion, whether in formal presentations, group discussions or in essays on a film and a book. Language is used in so many situations, whether at work, when travelling or in every-day life and studying French at A Level will equip you with the confidence and skills to succeed in a wide range of situations.

The Course Structure

Year 12

Topics: family / relationships, the cyber society, voluntary work, heritage, contemporary Francophone, Cinema the 7th art form PLUS a film or a book.

Method of Assessment

Examinations at the end of the year:

Paper 1: Listening / Reading / Translations: 1 hour 45 minutes – 80 marks (40% of the total)

Paper 2: Translations, critical essay on film or book: 1 hour 15 minutes – 60 marks (30% of the total)

Paper 3: Speaking Exam 12-14 minutes plus 15 minutes preparation time – 60 marks (30% of the total)

Year 13

Topics: a diverse society, poverty, how criminals are treated, the political rights of teenagers, demonstrations and strikes, politics and immigration PLUS a book whether a book or a film has been studied in Year 1 PLUS an individual research project.

Method of Assessment

Examinations at the end of the year:

 Paper 1: Listening / Reading / Translations: 2 hours 30 minutes – 160 marks (40% of the total)

 Paper 2: 2 essays on 2 books or 1 book and 1 film: 2 hours – 90 marks (30% of the total)

 Paper 3: Speaking Exam: 21-23 minutes including 5 minutes preparation time – 60 marks (30% of the total)

Additional Information

Students will develop their skills of reading and writing, listening and speaking in French through studying aspects of French life relevant to young people. Lessons are active and there will be the opportunity to work both independently and in groups. There will also be opportunities to develop ICT skills. Students will find that their fluency in spoken and written French improves rapidly during the course. We use an e-text book, supplemented with a wide range of audio and video material.

Trips are organised to French films and plays whenever these are shown locally. French compliments all subjects and there is no reason why those studying unrelated subjects should not take French as one of their A Levels to open up choice and increase options for joint degrees or modular degrees at university.

Potential Careers

  • Charities administrator
  • Commissioning editor
  • Consultant
  • Human resources officer
  • Interpreter
  • Investment analyst
  • Journalist
  • Logistics/distribution manager
  • Management accountant
  • Marketing manager (social media)
  • Public relations officer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Solicitor
  • Tourism officer
  • Tourist information manager
  • Translator

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
French* A Level 6+ French

* Taught as part of the Benton Park collaboration.