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Modern Foreign Languages: French A Level at Preston Manor School

Course description

Languages are all around us; they are used in so many situations whether at work, on holiday or just casually in day‐to‐day life ‐ we live in a multilingual global society. Choosing an A‐level language is a really smart move if you want a fascinating subject that offers you a range of career possibilities and are a lot of fun along the way. A‐level language courses are interesting and varied subjects to study and give you a broad range of knowledge and skills.

Course content

The specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills, including communication, critical thinking and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and society. The content has been designed to be of relevance to students of all disciplines. Students will develop their understanding of themes relating to the society and culture of the countries where French is spoken, and their language skills; they will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in French. The approach is a focus on how French‐speaking society has been shaped, socially and culturally, and how it continues to change.

The Assessment will take place at the end of year 13.

Entry requirements

B in the subject at GCSE.


Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

What's assessed • Aspects of French‐speaking society • Artistic culture in the French‐speaking world • Multiculturalism in French‐speaking society • Aspects of political life in French‐speaking society • 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 • 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 i.e. Aspects of French‐speaking society or Artistic culture in the French‐speaking world or Multiculturalism in French‐speaking society or Aspects of political life in French speaking society.

How it's assessed • Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time) • 60 marks in to‐ tal • 30% of A‐level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years