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French at Brighouse High School

Course description

We aim to bring the language to life, basing the study topics around issues related to lifestyle and society which students should find interesting and engaging.

The ability to speak a foreign language is not only an asset in terms of demonstrating communication skills, but it will also give broader employment options and can help students on a wide variety of career pathways.

For those who want to specialise in language, there is translation/interpreting or teaching. There are also opportunities in Export Sales across a wide range of products and sectors, in the travel and tourism industry or engineering/design, where language skills enhance your employability and broaden your future career options.


  • The A-level course allows students to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE in listening, speaking, reading and writing, with a focus on language, culture and society.
  • Students learn about the mechanics of the language (grammar, syntax and structure), whilst, at the same time, developing their ideas about different social issues and improving general cultural awareness of France and the French-speaking world.

Course content

Course Content:

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing, assessing various aspects of French-speaking society and grammar. Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes. 40% of A-level.

Paper 2: Writing, assessing one text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification. Written exam: 2 hours. 90 marks in total. 30% of A-level.

Paper 3: Speaking, assessing individual research project on one of four sub-themes. Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time). 60 marks in total. 30% of A-level.


Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

• The changing nature of family (La famille en voie de changement)

• The 'cyber-society' (La « cyber-société »)

• The place of voluntary work (Le rôle du bénévolat)


Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

• Positive features of a diverse society (Les aspects positifs d'une société diverse)

• Life for the marginalised (Quelle vie pour les marginalisés ? )

• How criminals are treated (Comment on traite les criminels)


Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

• A culture proud of its heritage (Une culture fière de son patrimoine)

• Contemporary francophone music (La musique francophone contemporaine)

• Cinema: the 7th art form (Cinéma : le septième art)


Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

• Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment (Les ados, le droit de vote et

l'engagement politique)

• Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power? (Manifestations, grèves – à qui le pouvoir? )

• Politics and immigration (La politique et l'immigration)



Students will be expected to have studied the grammatical system and structures of the language during the course. Knowledge of the grammar and structures specified for GCSE is assumed.

In the exam students will be required to use, actively and accurately, grammar and structures appropriate to the tasks set.


Works - Literary texts and films

Students must study either one text and one film or two texts from a prescribed list issued by the examination board.


Individual research project

Students must identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where French is spoken.


The aim of the research project is to develop research skills. Students will demonstrate their ability to initiate and conduct individual research by analysing and summarising their findings, in order to present and discuss them in the speaking assessment.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:  A minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C grades including Mathematics and English language.

A minimum of a B grade is required in GCSE French.


Assessment: 2 exams and 1 speaking test at the end of 2 years of study in May/June 2018

This is a two year linear course.  The AS is a standalone qualification if taken, and does not count towards the full A2.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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