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French A Level at Heckmondwike Grammar School

Course description

For further information on all courses click here Subject Booklet

Course content

Course Content

Year 12

Theme 1 - Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

The changing nature of family

The ‘cyber-society’

The place of voluntary work

Theme 2 – Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

A culture proud of its heritage

Contemporary francophone music

Cinema: the 7th art form

Theme 3 – Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

Positive features of a diverse society

Essay writing and research-based topic presentation   

For Year 13 content and further details, see subject booklet as above.

Entry requirements

Entry Qualifications

Grade 6 in French GCSE

Grade 6 in English Language 




Paper 1 (50%)

Written Exam: 2h 30 min

Listening, reading, writing

Translation into English and the target language

Paper 2 (20%)

Written Exam: 2h

Essay and grammar

Questions on set text and film

Paper 3 (30%)

Spoken Exam: 21-23 minutes

Discussion of a sub-theme, based on a stimulus card

Presentation of an individual research project

For further details, see subject booklet as above.  

Future opportunities

Career Opportunities

Opportunities in industry, commerce, banking, the EU, the Diplomatic Service, teaching, journalism, interpreting and translating, linguist, travel and tourism - the European Union is the environment in which your career will be shaped - an A-level in French will give you a distinct advantage.

Further information

Special Features

To assist in the development of the spoken language we conduct lessons almost exclusively in French and encourage students to get involved with language clubs and lesson support in the lower school. During year 12 we encourage students to do a work experience placement in either France or a French-speaking country.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 weeks

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