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French A-Level at Wales High School and Business and Enterprise College with Applied Learning

Course description

Course Overview

This course is offered at A2 only.  This course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. You will have the opportunity to study and focus on language, culture and society and develop transferable skills, including communication, critical thinking and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and society.

A range of interesting topics will be studied under the guidance of experienced staff, who will use a variety of modern resources.  Strong links over eight years with our partner school (Lycée D’Artois), have afforded the opportunity of visiting France or hosting French students.  The department also offers local trips, such as cinema trips to the Showroom in Sheffield. 

Examination Board

The Examination Board for this course is AQA.


Where can this lead?

French can be useful in many areas of working life including law, engineering, medicine, business, finance and banking, travel and tourism, social and civil services, teaching and translating.  A qualification in French shows that you have the ability to organise material, to think analytically, to argue and explain your opinions, and to use your imagination and creativity - all qualities that universities and employers look for in a candidate. 

Studying French gives you an insight into a different culture and way of thinking.  It is a well-respected qualification that can help secure a place at university where your course may offer the opportunity to study or work abroad.

Course Breakdown - Lower Sixth

You will study aspects of French speaking society: current trends and issues, such as the changing nature of family; the cyber society and voluntary work; positive features of a diverse society; life for the marginalised and how criminals are treated.

You will also develop an understanding of Artistic culture, e.g. contemporary music, and cinema as the 7th art form. 

You will develop the skills of comprehension, summarising and translating into English.

Course Breakdown - Upper Sixth

You will continue to study Aspects of French Society, current trends, issues, and Artistic Culture.  You will also study one book and one film from the French speaking world, on which you will write an essay. 


  • Paper 1: 40% listening, reading and transition into English.
  • Paper 2: 30% writing and translation into Spanish.
  • Paper 3: 30% speaking.

Enrichment Opportunities

Students may attend a small group conversation lesson each week with a member of the department. The department also benefits from a link with a Sixth form college in France, and annual exchanges are organised for Sixth form students.  We have links with Sheffield University and hold weekly cultural workshops during a breakfast session in the Modern Foreign Languages department.

Entry requirements

Minimum overall grade 6 at GCSE in French. You must have sat the higher tier papers and achieved at least a grade 6 in all four exams.

Further information

There will be opportunities to attend a variety of stimulating and rewarding study sessions at French Days in Sheffield and Manchester.

For further information, please contact - Mr A Atkins /

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 November 2018
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Key information

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