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French A level at Balcarras School

Course description

A-level French builds upon the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking which you have developed during your GCSE course. It will also extend your knowledge and understanding of France and French life and culture. In addition a good grasp of grammatical concepts will become increasingly important as you learn how the language works in order to produce accurate written and spoken French.

We use a range of up-to-date sources such as the internet, radio and television. Students will also be encouraged to make use of such resources independently.

You will learn how to use French in everyday conversation as well as in formal discussion and debate. A French Assistant is employed so that students can have one-to-one speaking sessions for half an hour each per week. These sessions are obligatory and form an important part of the course. You will also work on putting your ideas and opinions down on paper. You will gain a clearer insight into how language works and you will also have the opportunity to visit France and to take part in theatre visits and other cultural activities.

The course will interest students who are curious about life in other countries and want to equip themselves with the language skills that are increasingly valued in the international business environment.

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved at least a grade B at GCSE-level in French.


Examination Board – AQA


Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing - 40% of AS

Paper 2: Writing - 30% of AS

Paper 3: Speaking - 30% of AS


Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing - 40% of A-level

Paper 2: Writing - 30% of A-level

Paper 3: Speaking - 30% of A-level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years