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French AQA A Level at Kingdown School

Course description

Topics across the 2 year A level course will include:

Aspects of French speaking society such as social issues/trends and cyber society, Artistic culture including French heritage, contemporary cinema and music as well as a range of grammar which will support all language skills.

In addition to this students will study a French text and film; students this year are studying the award-winning film “La Haine”, directed by Matthieu Kassowitz and the short novel “Kiffe Kiffe Demain”, by Faïza Guène.

Entry requirements

GCSE English grade (9-5) and Maths (9-4) plus 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C with a A*-B grade in French.

Students should also demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • a desire to learn more about the language and the country
  • sustained motivation at home and in class
  • good attendance
  • a willingness to communicate in French
  • an interest in current affairs
  • an ability to form, express and justify opinions.


A 20 minute speaking examination

  • 30% of A Level
  • conducted internally but marked externally.
  • Students are asked questions on topics and then give a presentation and have a discussion on their independent research project.

A 2 hour 30 minute listening, reading and writing examination including translations

  • 40% of A Level

A 2 hour written exam writing essays on the film and text studied

  • 30%of A Level

Future opportunities

Business, marketing, local government, translating and interpreting, teaching, engineering, financial services, travel agencies and careers across many other industries.

Recent research by the Sutton trust shows that those who have a language qualification can earn, on average, up to £3000 a year more than those who don’t.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 December 2016
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