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French AQA at Bradfield School

Course description

A-level French helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in French and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context.

This four-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to write and speak in French with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes and to understand written or spoken French in a variety of contexts and genres.

Skills acquired: 

Development of listening, reading, speaking and writing skills acquired at GCSE

Essay writing

Translation and prose

Grammar: revision and new concepts

Communication and presentation skills

Course content


French AQA

Skills acquired:
A language A-level gives you the grounding to have real conversations with real people. You will develop skills acquired at GCSE (listening, reading, speaking and writing) but start taking a higher perspective by considering the impact of social issues and trends as well as political and artistic culture on life in France or a French-speaking country. This makes the course broader, and therefore more interesting, than at GCSE. You will learn:

  • Listening & reading & essay writing skills
  • Translation skills
  • Critical appreciation of literature and film
  • Independent Research skills
  • Grammar: revision and new concepts
  • Communication and presentation skills

Assessment Units
Paper 1: (40% of A level marks): Listening, reading and translation (written paper, 2hrs30mins)
Paper 2: (30% of A level marks): 2 essays on a set text and on a film (written exam, 2 hrs)
Paper 3: (30% of A level marks): Speaking (21-23 mins)

A level Content

Year 1
Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

  • The changing nature of family
  • Cyber-society
  • The place of voluntary work

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world:

  • Heritage
  • Music
  • Cinema

Year 2
Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

  • A diverse society
  • The marginalised
  • Crime and punishment

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

  • Teenagers, the right to vote, political commitment
  • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
  • Politics & immigration

Candidates must also undertake an individual research project which relates to a country where French is spoken.

Ms M Tiernan, Ms M Dieu, Mr P Mathieu

Entry requirements

B in GCSE French (fluency in French if GCSE not taken)




Further information

Our ambition is for the students we teach to ‘be the best they can’ and, where students want to, that they progress to the top Universities to maximise their employment and career prospects. In partnership with Russell Group Universities, we continue to work hard to realise this ambition and to ensure that, as well as excellent teaching, our students receive the correct guidance and support needed to make successful applications to Higher Education.

We are very proud of the achievements made by last year’s students. 92% of the students progressed to a University course of their choice. 91% of our students gained 3 or more A-Levels and 46% of the grades were A*-B. Students were also successful in their applications to competitive programmes such as Cambridge University, Dentistry and Medicine. We look forward to building on this success with the students who choose to join us in the future.

We offer a range of 23 different A-Level subjects, enabling students to choose subject combinations to progress to all available Higher Education courses. All of our courses are taught by subject specialists with degrees in the subjects they are teaching, and with strong track records in A-Level teaching. Students are also encouraged to integrate work experience placements with their studies in order to gain the practical and transferable skills required for many careers.

Students have the choice of choosing three or four A-Level subjects. We expect that most students will specialise to three subjects by the time they enter Y13. All students are also given the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification over the two years, and we are increasingly finding that this improves the quality of student’s applications to University and employment opportunities. Sixth Form is not solely about the study of the academic subjects.

We offer students a range of enrichment opportunities, improved social facilities and privileges so that our students can enjoy life as a Sixth Form student both inside and outside of the classroom and that they can play a leading role in helping to develop the school. By providing these opportunities alongside a strong curriculum, we believe that Bradfield Sixth Form is an environment ‘where people thrive’ and where people can make the most of their talents and realise their potential.

We hope that you will consider studying your chosen subjects at A-Level at Bradfield School Sixth Form.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Patrick Beaumont
Head of Sixth Form
0114 2865002

How to apply

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Last updated date: 17 November 2016

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