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French A Level at Kings Norton Girls' School & Sixth Form

Course description

Students studying for an A Level qualification will be tested on all subject content in terminal examinations at the end of Year 13.

Language-learning in Key Stage 5 moves from the purely personal (my school, my family etc.) into the study of more abstract topics, which demand an extensive range of topic-specific vocabulary and a broader range of ideas. There is a clear focus on aspects of life in French-speaking society. Knowledge of grammar is consolidated and extended to allow for effective delivery of ideas in writing and orally. There are two written papers at the end of the course, one of which tests listening and reading skills and ability to translate into and out of French and the other focuses on essay writing. Speaking is tested through an interview in French.

Course content

Year 12 subject content is as follows:

  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends (e.g. the changing nature of the family, the cyber-society)

  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world (e.g. cinema, contemporary francophone music)

  • Grammar

  • One literary text or film chosen from a prescribed list

In addition to the content above, students study the following in Year 13:

  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues (e.g. life for the marginalised, how criminals are treated)

  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world (e.g. teenagers, the right to vote, political engagement)

  • Grammar (extended)

  • A second literary text or a film (if a film is not studied during Year 12)

Entry requirements

It is expected that students will have achieved at least a grade 6 in French at GCSE


Exam Board: AQA

Future opportunities


Modern Languages are a real asset on your CV as they are one of the facilitating subjects at Advanced level for entry to the Russell Group Universities. They can be combined with a very wide range of different subjects for university level study, from science-based subjects to engineering and from law to drama. Knowledge of a modern language is a sought-after skill in employment, where your language skills can make a difference of between 10-15% to your salary.

“Companies particularly value an employee’s ability to communicate conversationally with potential business partners, customers or clients in their own language: this can help break the ice, deepen cultural understanding and open access to new markets” (CBI/EDI Education and Skills Survey).

Further information

Come to one of our Sixth Form Open Events to experience our vibrant and thriving community first hand:

Open Evening - Monday 18th September, 2017 from 5pm - 8pm

Open Morning - Tuesday 19th September, 2017 from 9am - 11am

Meet the Sixth Form and Careers Fair - Wednesday 15th November, 2017 from 3.30pm - 5.30pm

A copy of our application form and prospectus can be downloaded from or by contacting Zoe Nelmes, Sixth Form Administrator –

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kings Norton Girls' School & Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 04 August 2017
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