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French A-Level at Oakgrove School

Course description

AS French with AQA encourages students to speak French confidently while developing an awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken.

Course content

In AS level French, students develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening through studying the following topics:

  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • ‘La Haine’, a film by Matthieu Kassovitz

In A French, students continue to develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through studying the following topics:

  • Social issues and trends: Aspects of Frenchspeaking society
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
  • ‘L’Etranger’, a novel by Albert Camus
  • An individual research project for the speaking assessment ( in which students must identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where French is spoken.)


Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing. 45% of AS and 50% of A Level marks.

  • In this exam, students must listen and respond to recorded passages of French, read and respond to a variety of texts and translate (into both English and French.)

Paper 2: Writing. 25% of AS and 20% of A Level marks.

  • In this exam, students must translate a short passage into French and write an essay on the film they have studied (AS Level) or the film and book they have studied (A Level.)

Paper 3: Speaking. 30% of AS and A Level marks.

  • In the AS exam (12-14 minutes plus 15 minutes’ preparation time,) students must discuss two sub-themes from the course. In the A Level exam (21 - 23 minutes including 5 minutes preparation time) students must discuss one subtheme from the course and their individual research project.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years