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French A Level at Amersham School

Course description

A Level French helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in French and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context.

The four-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to write and speak in French with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes and to understand written or spoken French in a variety of contexts and genres.

The course is particularly suitable for students who have studied GCSE French or the AQA Certificate in French and who wish to study French at a higher level.

Course content

1 – Social Issues and Trends
Students will study aspects of French-speaking culture, including current trends, such as the changing face of the family and “cyber-society”.

2 – Political and Artistic Culture
Students will study artistic culture in the French-speaking world, including heritage, music and cinema. They will also explore aspects of political life in French-speaking society such as immigration, teenagers and their right to vote and demonstrations and strikes.

3 - Grammar

4 – Works
Students will study either a film or a work of literature from a list provided by the exam board.

5 – Individual Research Project
Students identify a subject or key question which interests them and relates to a country or countries where French is spoken.

Entry requirements

8 GCSE Grades A* - C, including B in French


Paper 1 Listening, Reading and Writing
Exam 2 hours 30 minutes 50%

Paper 2 Writing
Exam 2 hours 20%

Paper 3 Speaking
Exam 21 - 23 minutes 30%

Future opportunities

French A Level is an excellent choice to prepare you for Higher Education. Many students go on to a languagerelated degree course. There are many courses which include language study.

Possible careers include:
Travel and Tourism
Financial Services

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 August 2017
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