French A Level

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title French A Level
Code KECG24
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Course Description

The content of A level French is both stimulating and relevant in today’s society. This is a course which allows you to master the French language whilst teaching you about the culture of Francophone countries.

The course will enable you to develop your linguistic skills alongside your understanding of the culture of societies where French is spoken. Throughout your studies, you will learn the language in the context of French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Classroom activities and assessment tasks will be both engaging and will really develop your listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation skills. As group sizes are small you will benefit from individual help and support throughout the course.  

Further Information about our courses including results

The staff teaching A level French are very experienced in delivering this course. Previous students have achieved fantastic examination results in A level French (75% of last year’s Year 12 students achieved a grade A in French with 100% of the course achieving grades A- C) and have found the course to be incredibly engaging. These results were maintained in 2020.

Group sizes for A level French are traditionally small meaning that you have access to personalised teaching with lots of individual support. This is perfect for developing both your confidence and ability in the subject.  

In the past we have had students who opt to take a whole range of other choices. The nature of the A level means that it pairs with absolutely any other subject. Previous students have taken: 

• Maths, Further Maths, Physics and French

• Maths, Physics and French

• History, Government and politics and French

• Sociology, Psychology and French

• Sociology, History and French

• Economics, Maths and French


Course Content and Teaching Units 

In the first year of the course you will study the following topics:

3.1.1. Aspects of French speaking society: current trends.

The sub-topics which are covered in this module are:

• The changing nature of family

• The ‘cyber-society’

• The place of voluntary work

3.2.1. Artistic culture in the French speaking world.

The sub-topics which are covered in this module are:

• A culture proud of its heritage

• Contemporary francophone music

• Cinema: the 7th art form

Film: Film: La Haine Mathieu Kassovitz

The film La Haine is a cult film set in the suburbs of Paris. The film tells the story of 24 hours in the life of three young friends the day after a violent riot in the city. This film gives you an insight into life in the suburbs and the struggles that those who live on the edge of society face.

In the second year of the course you will further develop your knowledge of the French language and culture by studying:

3.1.2: Aspects of French speaking society: current issues.

The sub-topics which are covered in this module are:

• Positive features of a diverse society

• Life for the marginalised

• How criminals are treated

3.2.2. Aspects of political life in the French speaking world.

The sub-topics which are covered in this module are:

• Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment

• Demonstrations, strikes-who holds the power?

• Politics and immigration

Novel: L’Étranger Albert Camus

One of the most widely read French novels of the twentieth century, Albert Camus’s L’Étranger is a book which provides an excellent insight into French identity as well as raising numerous philosophical questions.

Financial Information

You may wish to take part in a visit to France which will be organised. Details of costs will be released at the start of the course. On the trip for the last two years we have successfully applied for funding to support pupils from lower income families to attend. (and the cost was £500 for 5 days including food and a visit to Paris en route to the historic city of Dijon.)

Trips, visits and extra-curricular

The France visit changes each year so that students have the opportunity to experience French culture. The last 2 years pupils have undertaken work experience in a small rural college in Burgundy, teaching Y7-10 pupils English and how to play the English game Rounders (in French)

The aim of our KS5 French trip is to provide an immersive language experience including undertaking work experience in French. (In addition student will use conversational French to buy food and metro tickets in Paris) We support students to plan elements of the trip in order that it becomes personalised to the class. This also helps develop the skills and foster a sense of independence that they will need when planning their own trips in the future.  

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing (2 hours 30 minutes)

There are 100 marks available and the paper is worth 50% of the A level mark

• Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources (you have an individual computer and you have control of the recording). 

• Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from authentic sources.

• Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words.

• Translation into French; a passage of minimum 100 words.

Paper 2: Writing (2 hours)

There are 80 marks available and this counts for 20% of the A level mark

• One essay on the film La Haine (choice of two questions) 

• One essay on the book L’Étranger (choice of two questions)

Paper 3: Speaking (21-23 minutes including 5 minutes preparation time)

There are 60 marks available and the paper is worth 30% of the overall A level mark.

• Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5 – 6 minutes). You study the card for 5 minutes at the start of the test 

• Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9 – 10 minutes) of individual research project

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE French.

Your next steps...

An A level in French is highly valued by universities and employers. The communication skills that you gain from A level French make you an ideal candidate for any degree in the future whether that relates to French or not.

A level French can lead to further study of the subject at university either as a main subject or the subsidiary part of a degree. Students who continue with some French at university would have the opportunity to spend a year abroad in a French speaking country.  

Increasing numbers of HE courses combine language modules ranging from complete beginner to post A-level in a wide range of Scientific, Management and Arts packages as well as ‘pure’ language degree courses. Many of these are applied types of course with employment opportunities in mind. 

Our last Y13 cohort went on to take the following degree courses:

• Maths at Cambridge University (with a year abroad in France)

• Physics at Cambridge University (with a year abroad in France.)

• A Gap year in Nepal followed by a degree in Economics at the University of Bristol

• French and German (taking German from scratch) at the university of Manchester

• Maths (with a year in France) at Durham University

• Psychology at Nottingham Trent University

• European Business and French at Manchester Metropolitan University.

• Law (with a year in France) at the University of Sheffield

The world is your Oyster! 

Careers where A level French is useful include interpreting, translation, teaching, marketing, media, law, and work in the travel and tourism industry, economics, business and lots more.