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French - A Level at Heckmondwike Grammar School

Course description

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Course content

Course Content
Theme 1

Aspects of French speaking society: 

Current trends

  • The changing nature of family.
  • The ‘cyber-societyThe 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.

Course Content
Theme 3

Aspects of French speaking society: 

Current issues


  • Life for the marginalised.
  • How criminals are treated.

Theme 4

  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world.
  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment.
  • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
  • Politics and immigration.
  • Essay writing and research-based topic presentation.
  • Study of a film.
  • Study of a set text.

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements for admission to the Sixth Form:

  • A grade 5 in Mathematics, with a 6 preferred.
  • A grade 5 in English Language or English Literature, with a 6 preferred.
  • Achieving at least 3 other GCSEs at grade 6 or above.

Subject specific requirement

  • Grade 6 in French



Paper 1 

Written Exam: 2hr 30 min
Listening, reading, writing.

Translation into English and the target language. (50% of total A level)

Paper 2 

Written Exam: 2hr
Essay and grammar.
Questions on set text and film. (20% of total A level)

Paper 3

Spoken Exam: 21-23min.  Discussion of a sub-theme, based on a stimulus card. Presentation of an individual research project. (30% of total A level)

Future opportunities

Career Opportunities

Opportunities in industry, commerce, banking, the Diplomatic Service, teaching, journalism, interpreting and translating, linguist, travel and tourism - an A level in French will give you a distinct advantage.

Further information

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. Students get the opportunity to develop their fluency by attending lessons led by a French assistant.

Exam Board: AQA

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: 08 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 weeks

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