Modern Foreign Languages - French A level (See Option Blocks on our website)

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?

Code ND18
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


A-level. This is a two year course, based around the core topics studied: Social Issues and Trends, Political and Artistic Culture, and grammar. A-level also involves the in-depth study and analysis of a literary text and a film. All four linguistic skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing are studied and assessed, allowing students to become very confident in their use of the foreign language topics.


Modern Language A-levels combine well with any other subject at Notre Dame High Sixth Form and complement a well-balanced education. The course develops essential skills of communication and is an ideal option for students who have an enthusiasm for language learning and a willingness to participate in discussions and debates. Reading and researching contemporary resources, such as newspaper articles, the internet and video-clips, forms an integral part of the course. If you prefer working in smaller groups, there will be opportunities to practise speaking with a language assistant. There are opportunities for students who are interested in travelling abroad to take part in study visits or work experience.

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1- Listening, reading and writing 

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minute

100 marks allocated


  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
  • Grammar

Paper 2- Writing

Written exam: 2 hours

80 marks allocated


  • One text -L’Etranger
  • One film – La Haine
  • Grammar

Paper 3- Speaking

Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)

60 marks in allocated


  • Individual research project
  • Speaking card - One of the four themes from Paper 1

Entry requirements

We offer A-levels in French and Spanish to those students who have completed a GCSE course. We recommend a grade 6 or above at GCSE in the language you will be studying.

(See Option Blocks on our website)

Your next steps...

  • An A-level in a language is an essential qualification for students wishing to pursue their study of foreign languages in Higher Education.
  • Taking an A-level in a foreign language is not restricted to people who want to go on to university to study languages or other arts subjects. Many Higher Education courses now contain a language module and this is becoming a popular option or even a requirement.
  • Students of other disciplines e.g. Medicine, are finding that some university departments prefer students with post-GCSE foreign languages. Study of a modern foreign language at A-level also enables you to take advantage of the many opportunities in Europe and beyond.
  • Linguistic skills can enhance career and employment prospects both at home and abroad due to the increased trade and business communication across continents.

Whatever your future holds, you will need to be able to communicate with people at all levels, not only about professional matters, but also on a social level. A language qualification could be your trump card, so why not study languages at Advanced level?