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French A level at Paston Sixth Form College

Course description

In your French A Level you will continue to develop the four skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing, through the study of the topic areas prescribed by the WJEC.

Course content

The course content covers the following areas of interest: 

Being a young person in French-speaking society (Y12)

  • Family structures, traditional and modern   values, friendships / relationships 
  • Youth trends, issues and personal identity 
  • Educational and employment opportunities 

Understanding the French-speaking world (Y12)

  • Regional culture and heritage
  • France, Canada, Switzerland and les Domtoms
  • Literature, art, film and music 

Diversity and difference (Y13)

  • Migration and integration 
  • Cultural identity and marginalisation 
  • Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference 
  • Discrimination and diversity 

France 1940 - 1950
The Occupation and the post-war years (Y13)

  • The Occupation and Liberation
  • Cultural life in occupied France
  • 1945-1950: rebuilding and restructuring
  • Repercussions for modern day France

You will also be expected to research an area of personal interest related to France or a French speaking country so that you can develop a greater awareness of inter-cultural differences.

Entry requirements

BBCCC at GCSE including a B in French, C in English Language and either mathematics or a science.


The A level course will be tested through 2 written exams and an oral test. The written exams count for 70% of the total mark and the oral 30%.

One written exam will test skills of listening and reading comprehension, translation into French and translation into English and also your knowledge of grammar. The second paper will consist of 2 essays on a book and a film which you will have studied in depth in Y13.

The oral exam will test your ability to talk in detail about a subject you have prepared before the test and you will also discuss with the examiner a topic on a card chosen by you on the day.

Future opportunities

Qualifications in languages are very well regarded by both universities and employers and an A level language will look very good on your CV, whatever your main interests may be. As Europe is Britain’s main market, it is essential that we are able to communicate in their language with our customers outside the UK. 

Past Paston languages students have gone on to study French on its own or combined with other languages at top universities including Manchester, Durham and Royal Holloway. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Paston Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016

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