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French AQA AS and A Level at Elthorne Park High School

Course description

The course aims for pupils to develop their level of fluency by using the language learned in a range of contexts, gain an insight into another culture and reflect on aspects of contemporary society.

The course helps students to develop their understanding and knowledge of culture and lifestyles in French speaking countries. Students develop their ability to understand and use the language in both verbal and written form as well as their knowledge of grammatical structures.

The course increases the chance of entry into university, as many look favourably on students who have taken a language, and employability.

Course content

AS Level:

  • Media
  • Popular culture
  • Healthy living/lifestyle
  • Family/relationships

A2 Level:

  • Environment
  • The multicultural society
  • Contemporary social issues
  • Cultural topic

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE grades (including English and Maths) and a minimum of a B grade in the GCSE related to your chosen subjects.


AS Level:

Listening, Reading and Writing:

  • Answer a range of questions based on 5 minutes of heard material and a selection of written tasks.
  • Response in writing to a question based on one of the topics
  • 2 Hours
  • 35% A Level


  • Discuss a target language stimulus card based on one of the AS topics and take part in a conversation covering three further AS topics
  • 35 mins
  • 15% A Level

A Level:

Listening, Reading and Writing:

  • Answer a range of questions based on 6 minutes of heard material and a selection of written tasks. Response in writing to a question based on one of the four A2 cultural topics
  • 2 Hours 30min
  • 35% of A Level


  • Present a point of view based on a target language stimulus card from one of the A2 topics and take part in a conversation based on two cultural topics they have studied.
  • 35 mins
  • 15% of A Level

Future opportunities

Language learning opens many doors and can be combined with many subjects (History, English, Law and business). It increases students’ employability in a competitive market.

Languages give excellent access to careers in international organisations, the civil service, journalism and the media as well as specialist careers such as interpreting, teaching and translating. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 December 2016

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    • At EPHS Sixth Form we aim to provide you with a broad and exciting range of opportunities so that you are in the best possible position to go on to further study, work and become an positive member of the community.  As such, we have a variety of activities on offer outside of lessons.


      There is a huge range of extra-curricular activities on offer at Elthorne including sports teams, music groups, language clubs and more! Please see the timetables which will be distributed within the first few weeks for further details. Sixth Form students are also encouraged to set up their own activities or societies and support teachers in running clubs for younger students

      Whole school projects

      These projects are a great way to give back to the school, support younger students and learn skills at the same time. Currently we have a number of projects running including: Senior prefects, Year 7 accelerated reader scheme and academic mentoring

      Community projects

      EPHS has strong links with the community and we encourage students to nurture these by contributing to local projects.

      Enrichment lesson

      You will have one enrichment period every two weeks. In this hour you will be able to choose from a range of activities and courses to learn new skills and develop your knowledge outside of your A-level/BTEC courses. Some students will also be able to lead an activity.