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French A level at Valentines High School

Course description

Year 12 AS Outline

The course will help you to develop your general study skills, but most of all you will learn to communicate at a higher level in French and learn about a wide range of aspects of the French speaking world. This exam rewards you for your ability to converse in French on a general topic area. The exam will also require you to understand and convey your understanding of French language texts and recordings. You will be studying a French film or a book. You will then need to produce a short piece of writing to demonstrate an ability to manipulate the French language in continuous writing.

Year 13 Outline

In this exam you will consolidate your Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills. You will answer questions on the film and book studied in French. All questions will require a critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered in the work. For Speaking, you will participate in a discussion on a research project from the themes studied during the year.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in French.


Year 12 Paper 1: Listening Reading writing Translation: 1 hour 45 minutes, students have control of the recording Paper 2: Essay writing, Translation: 1hr 15 minutes Paper 3: Speaking: 12-15 minutes.

Year 13 Paper 1: Listening Reading Writing Grammar & Translation: 2 hours 30 minutes students have control of the recording Paper 2: Essay writing on a film and a book studied 2 hours 30 minutes Paper 3: Speaking: 21-23 minutes.

Future opportunities

There will be a range of opportunities open to you. Some students choose to do degree courses in French; others choose to pursue a higher education course in another subject, but choose French alongside it. Having French at A Level will improve your employability, in particular with the many companies which have international branches. Whether you are interested in continuing your studies or working at home or abroad, a French course at A Level is an excellent step towards achieving your goals.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Valentines High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years