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French A Level at Cedars Upper School

Course description

The specification for A level is designed to:
 develop students’ range of vocabulary and become increasingly confident, accurate and independent users of the language
 enhance their linguistic skills and foster their ability to learn other languages
 develop language learning skills and strategies, including communication strategies, to sustain communication and build fluency and confidence
 develop knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, past and present, of countries where French is spoken
 equip them with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to proceed to further study or to employment.

Course content

There are two topic areas, divided into sub-themes:
1. Social issues and trends
i. Being a young person in French-speaking society
i. Diversity and difference
2. Political, intellectual and artistic culture
i. Understanding the French-speaking world
ii. France 1940-1950: The Occupation and post-war years
In addition to the topics, students study a French film in Year 12 and a French novel in Year 13. Students will also undertake an independent research project in Yr 13 on a topic of their choice, which will be examined during the speaking exam.

Entry requirements

Because of the academic nature of the course, we would prefer students to have gained a grade 6 at GCSE level.


Component 1: Speaking
 Presentation (2 mins) followed by discussion (9-10 mins) on a topic you have chosen and researched
 Discussion of a stimulus card
Component 2: Listening, reading and writing
 listening comprehension
 reading comprehension
 translation into English
 translation into French
Component 3: Writing
Either one essay on a set text plus one essay on a set film or two essays on set texts.

Financial information

Students normally need a good quality dictionary , approximately £15-20
An exchange visit to Lyon (optional) , approximately £400 - 450

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cedars Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years