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French A Level at Appleby Grammar School

Course description

Many different resources are used, including published materials, multimedia tools and the internet as a vital source of up to date information. Students study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. They will study highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema, and learn about political engagement and who wields political power in the French-speaking world. Students also explore the influence of the past on present-day French-speaking communities. Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.

Course content

  • Social Issues and Trends
  • Political and Artistic Culture
  • Grammar
  • Works : Literary Texts and Films
  • Individual Research Project

Entry requirements

Candidates need to demonstrate extensive ability at GCSE level. Grade A or better is a definite advantage, although exceptions can be made in certain circumstances.

It is expected that students will complete a minimum of 5 additional hours of study beyond the classroom, in their own time and in addition to lessons.

An interest in current affairs and readiness to consider the views of others are helpful


A-level French will be examined at the end of Year 13 only.

Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Grammar is studied in depth to a high level.

Paper 1 (40%): Listening Reading and Writing

Paper 2 (30%): Writing

Paper 3 (30%): Speaking Core Content:

Future opportunities

The courses are equally suitable for those who wish to study languages at university and for those wishing to further their knowledge without intending to study at a higher level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 March 2017
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