French: A Level


Exam board: AQA

What is the course about?

This course is ideal for students who...
• have an interest in developing spoken and written fluency as well as grammatical understanding well beyond GCSE standards.
• enjoy using the language to express their opinions and justifying their comments on a broad range of social issues.
• enjoy reading and writing in a foreign language and learning about the culture and traditions of other countries.
• wish to carry out research into francophone countries and their history, geography, society and the arts.



2 years


What topics will be studied in year 1?

1. Traditional and modern family values.
2. Cyberspace and new technologies.
3. Charities and voluntary work.
4. Cultural heritage of the French-speaking world.
5. Contemporary Francophone music.
6. French cinema.
7. In-depth study of a French-language film.


What topics will be studied in year 2?

1. Positive aspects of a diverse society.
2. The life of the marginalised minorities.
3- Attitudes to crime and punishment.
4. Social and political involvement of the young.
5. Social protests and their effectiveness
6. Politics and immigration.
7. In-depth study of a French-language literary work.r all QA, OCR.


What do I need to study this subject?

In order to study this subject, you must have achieved at least a grade 6 at GCSE level. If you do not have a GCSE but speak the language at home, you will need to complete a simple speaking and written task to help us assess your suitability for the course.


What can I do to prepare myself to study this subject?

• Sound knowledge of all GCSE topic-related vocabulary and grammar will be essential, especially good understanding and awareness of all verb conjugations
• A good GCSE revision handbook or textbook will be helpful.
• An interest in watching films and reading literature in the language of study is highly recommended.

Where can this lead me?

This two-year linear course can lead to a University degree as a main course of study or as an additional component in combined degrees. Languages are highly versatile and complement most subjects.
Having a good level of French can open doors to careers in any industry and give you access to global markets as it is a language spoken in 29 countries.
Having an A Level in French will make your CV stand out from others, as it will highlight that you have a high level of communication and inter-cultural skills that are desirable in any professional setting.
Even if you don’t wish to do a full or combined degree with French, many universities offer the opportunity to study for a semester abroad or continue your language learning as an extra module to your degree. Having a French A Level will aid you in taking advantage of these opportunities.