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French A Level at Dunraven School

Course description

The A Level course in French provides learners with opportunities to appreciate the diverse and captivating culture of France and Francophone countries, as well as understanding the complex syntax that underpins the language. A wide range of contemporary and controversial topics are studied to enhance the study of the language and its linguistics. From the very outset of the course, learners of the language are given the strategies and skills to be able to participate in the language classroom, using and understanding the French spoken language for real purposes.

Oral and aural skills are further supported by our Foreign Language Assistants, who are timetabled on a weekly basis to give tutorials to individuals and small groups outside lesson time; these sessions are compulsory. The course comprises increasing communication at an advanced level and being creative with the language, in terms of discursive essays / debating skills, which often complement other subjects. Students will be expected to develop their independent skills whilst investing the time in their weekly assignments, as well as matching the skill set below.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE French with a grade A in Written Paper


Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing What’s assessed • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends • Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world • Aspects of political life in the
French-speaking world • Grammar How it’s assessed • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes • 100 marks • 50% of A-level
Paper 2: Writing What’s assessed • One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification (Camus L’Etranger and Kassovitz La Haine)• Grammar How it’s assessed • Written exam: 2 hours • 80 marks in total • 20% of A-level
Paper 3: Speaking What’s assessed • Individual research project • One of four sub-themes ie Aspects of French-speaking
society: current trends, Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the French speaking world,
Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world How it’s assessed • Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes
preparation time) • 60 marks in total • 30% of A-level

Future opportunities

An A level French qualification is highly regarded by Higher Education institutions and a range of employers. It will facilitate careers in business, travel, interpreting, education, law, research, fashion, journalism, the arts and countless other professions and pathways in the UK and beyond.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years