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A Level: French at De Lisle College

Course description

Universities offer an increasing number of courses in which French is combined with other subjects, for example Business and Law. The study of French also complements other curriculum areas and can lead to a wide variety of career opportunities.

Our goal is to work with students to ensure that by the end of the course they have progressed significantly beyond GCSE, enabling them to communicate confidently in all skill areas both socially and to a level required in the workplace. By working closely with students, we aim to secure the best examination outcome for them and a sense of achievement. We nurture enthusiasm for the language and a love of French culture in a challenging environment where valuable life skills are fostered and refined.

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You will develop your skills in a variety of ways, for example, you may work in pairs or groups on tasks designed to build up your language. You may research and present material to the group or work independently and interactively at home to refine linguistic skills and grammatical knowledge. The A level course includes a research project for the speaking component. You will be encouraged to immerse yourself in the culture and practise key, transferable skills which will be valuable for future study or employment. On-going assessments to gauge progress will be built into all themes.

The course culminates in three papers at the end of two years.


The AQA A level course embraces a wide variety of themes, starting in Year 12 with more accessible material which bridges the gap between GCSE and A level. By consolidating and extending study at KS4, the Year 12 course builds up confidence and provides solid foundations for further study of the weightier, more challenging themes in Year 13. Linguistic skills, critical thinking, grammatical awareness and vocabulary acquisition will be extended, practised rigorously and refined. Progress post GCSE is typically rapid and motivating.

Year 12

The following themes and sub themes help you to communicate effectively across a range of issues:

Social issues and trends: Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

• La famille en voie de changement

• La cyber-société

• Le rôle du bénévolat

Artistic culture: Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

• Une culture fière de son patrimoine

• La musique francophone contemporaine

• Cinéma : le septième art

Year 13

The themes at this higher level widen to allow for greater depth of study across all skill areas and to enable you to develop your fluency through more challenging material.

Social issues and trends: Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

• Les aspects positifs d’une société diverse

• Quelle vie pour les marginalisés ?

• Comment on traite les criminels

Political and artistic culture: Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

• Les ados, le droit de vote et l’engagement politique

• Manifestations, grèves - à qui le pouvoir ?

• La politique et l’immigration

In addition, Year 12 students study a film and Year 13 students study a text.

Entry requirements

To be accepted into De Lisle College Sixth Form students need to achieve 4 grade 4's and 2 grade 5's. A minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths is recommended.

Additionally, this subject requires:

Minimum grade 5 in GCSE French.


For more information please visit the De Lisle Sixth Form curriculum website.

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Future opportunities

This course can lead to a wide variety of HE opportunities and employment at 18. Career prospects for graduates in Languages are good. 

You could take this course to complement other subjects.  It can lead onto higher education in French, Languages or more general higher education courses.

With further training, you could go into a job related to French or Languages such as a Teacher, Translator, or you may wish to use your French to study or work over in France.

You could also go straight into a job as this is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the travel and tourism sector.

Accepted at all Universities including Oxbridge.

Further information

The College holds an ‘Into the Sixth Form Evening’ in November, where prospective students can find out more about the course. Otherwise further information on this course can be obtained by contacting De Lisle.


Applications can be made online via the De Lisle Sixth Form website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Lisle College directly.

Last updated date: 07 October 2018
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