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French - A Level (Aqa) at The Cotswold Academy

Course description

About the syllabus:

We prepare our students for the AQA syllabus in French with lessons designed to enhance our students’ reading, writing, listening and speaking skills that were first forged at GCSE level.

Over the A Level years, our students grow in fluency and confidence, learning to communicate with increasing ease on a number of topical issues and in general conversation. Students of French benefit from a weekly lesson with a native French speaker, brushing up their conversational and debating skills. Our students are also encouraged to spend at least one of their free lessons a week in reading French to improve fluency and comprehension.

Learning vocabulary and perfecting its use forms a large part of A Level French, as does grammar. Written work is produced weekly and students should be prepared to carry out extra listening practice at home.

As well as immersing our students in French culture, literature, film and current affairs at school, we also offer our students the chance to take part in a French exchange/work experience in France. We enjoy a strong relationship, developed over many years, with a secondary school based in Brittany. It is expected that all our students will be eager to take up this very valuable opportunity.

Learning a foreign language means vastly improving your chances in the job market, broadening your horizons and building your confidence and ability to communicate with people from other cultures.

Course content

AS units in Year 12 Units

Unit 1 Listening, Reading and Writing and essay

Candidates complete comprehension questions and produce an essay on a choice of topics. 2 hours  70% of AS Level - 35% of A Level

Unit 2 Speaking

Candidates speak and answer questions on chosen topics. 35mins (20 mins prep)  30% of AS Level - 15% of A Level

A2 units in Year 13

Unit 3 Listening, Reading and Writing on cultural topic

Candidates complete comprehension questions, translations and produce an essay on a cultural topic. 2hr 30mins  35% of A Level

Unit 4 Speaking Candidates speak and defend their opinions on selected topics. 35mins (20 mins prep)  15% of A Level

Entry requirements

A*-A grade at GCSE French (having taken the higher tier papers).


Entry Criteria for A2 is at least a D at the requisite AS Level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Cotswold Academy directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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