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French, AQA at Penistone Grammar Advanced Learning Centre

Course description

The first year of the course is designed to build on the language skills you have acquired at GCSE. In the second year you will also have the opportunity to develop your knowledge of the culture of France.

Studying a language at A level will give you practical skills as well as providing a basis for further study.

We will expect you to be keen to develop your skills and be increasingly independent in your studies. Motivation, commitment and enthusiasm for the subject are essential.

Course content

At AS the topics covered include:

  • Media (television, advertising, communication technology)
  • Popular culture (cinema, music, fashion and trends)
  • Healthy living and lifestyle (sport/exercise, health and well-being, holidays)
  • Family and realtionships

At A2 you will study the following topics:

  • The multicultural society (immigration, integration and racism)
  • The environment (pollution, energy and protecting the planet)
  • Contemporary issues such as wealth, poverty and law and order)

In addition, at A2 you will study two further cultural topics from a choice of literature, theatre, art, history or a regional study.


Entry requirements

To secure a place at our Post 16 Centre five passes or more GCSE passes at grade C or above and a minimum of a C grade in both English Language and Mathematics.  All students will also need a B Grade GCSE in any subject they are wanting to study at A Level.  If it is a new subject for example Sociology or Psychology students must have achieved a grade B in both Mathematics and English Language. 



Listening, reading and writing exam - 35%

Speaking exam - 15%


Listening, reading and writing exam - 35%

Speaking exam - 15%


Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level course or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in French, which could lead onto higher education in French, Languages or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to French or Languages such as a Teacher, Translator, or you may wish to use your French to study or work over in France. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the travel and tourism sector.

Further information

Mr Martin Coyne (Subject Learning Leader) e-mail:  



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Penistone Grammar Advanced Learning Centre directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS 1 year, A2 2 years
  • Course code: AQA 2650