A Level French at Kirk Hallam Community Academy
Unit 1 - Listening, reading, writing (35% of A Level)
The listening and reading tasks are similar to those of GCSE in structure. For the writing element,
students write an essay of approximately 230 words. The examination is two hours long.
Unit 2 - Speaking (15% of A Level)
The speaking examination is conducted with one of the subject teachers. It lasts for 15 minutes and
the most successful students speak with a degree of fluency and spontaneity.
Themes for units 1 & 2: Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living & Lifestyle, Family & Relationships.
Unit 3 - Research, understanding and writing (35% of A Level)
The format of this examination follows that of unit 1. However, there is a translation section added
after the reading tasks. The examination is two hours and thirty minutes long.
Unit 4 - Speaking (15% of A Level)
The speaking examination is conducted by one of the subject teachers. It lasts for 15 minutes and
students are expected to present their ideas and opinions. More successful students are able to
argue against arguments and to give coherent and balanced points of view.
You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above.You will need at least a grade B in French although an A*, or A grade is preferred.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kirk Hallam Community Academy directly.