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A Level: French at The City of Leicester College

Course description

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Course content

Social issues and trends, political and artistic culture, literary texts, films and grammar.

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 subjects five or more GCSE’s are required at grade C including Grade 5 in Maths & English Language.  All students must continue with Maths and English if they have not achieved a Grade 4.

This  course is for all students who have enjoyed their language studies to date and who have obtained a French GCSE B Grade or above or who are native French speakers  looking for a challenging, academic subject to study which will prove to be a lifelong skill and which will enhance their employability in the future.



The AS level specification has 3 units:


Paper 1:  Listening, Reading and Writing – 1 hour 30 minutes

Weighting: 45% of AS level - 90 marks

-Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts 
-Questions in French to be answered with non-verbal responses or in French.
-Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources and adapted as necessary
-Questions in French to be answered with non-verbal responses or in French. Translation into English; a passage of minimum 70 words.


Paper 2: Writing – 1 hour 30 minutes

Weighting: 25% of AS level – 50 marks

- Translation into French; a passage of minimum 70 words (15 marks).

- Either one question in French on a set text from a choice of two questions or one question in French on a set film from a choice of two questions (35 marks).

- All questions will require a critical response to aspects such as plot, characterisation, imagery or other stylistic features as appropriate to the work studied.


Paper 3: Speaking – 12-14 minutes

Weighting: 30% of AS level - 60 marks Discussion of two sub-themes (6–7 minutes on each) with the discussion based on a stimulus card for each sub-theme. The student studies the cards for 15 minutes before the test begins.

Future opportunities

This course provides an excellent progression route into Higher Education and many students use language skills in disciplines such as business, medicine, law, tourism, in fact, linguists are valued in every field!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September