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French A Level at Allerton Grange School

Course description

French A level builds on the language skills you acquired while studying for GCSE. This course will help you become more fluent and more knowledgeable about current affairs and the culture of French-speaking countries. You will be taught using a range of resources including published multi-media materials, magazines and authentic, online resources. Your French will improve through regular focused teaching, supported by weekly tutorials with the French Language Assistant.

Course content

Aspects of French-Speaking Society

  • The changing state of the family

  • The ‘cyber society’

  • The place of voluntary work


Current Issues

  • Positive features of a diverse society

  • Life for the marginalised

  • How criminals are treated


Artistic culture in the French-Speaking World

  • A culture proud of its heritage

  • Contemporary francophone music

  • Cinema: the 7th art form


Aspects of Political Life in the French-Speaking World

  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment

  • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power

  • Politics and immigration


  • Literary Texts and films

  • Grammar


If you study French you will develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning in a variety of contexts and genres. You will be able to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of purposes. You will develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where French is spoken and be able to consider their study of the language in a broader context.

Entry requirements

Applications are considered on an individual basis but subject areas have their own entry requirements. As a guide you will normally be expected to have achieved a minimum of the following:

Level 3 courses - a good range of GCSEs from grade 4 - 9 including a grade 4 in English and Maths or the equivalent at BTEC level.

Level 2 courses - 2 grade 3s at GCSE

Specific entry requirements for this course are as follows:

Ideally, you need to have a grade 6 in French at GCSE. To do well in this A level you must be prepared to work hard and to work independently to research the topics of study as well as being prepared to discuss issues using conversational French


This year, you will follow the AQA specification and will sit your exams at the end of the two year course.

There will be three examinations:

· Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing (100 marks- 50% of A Level)

· Paper 2: Writing (80 marks – 20% of A Level)

· Paper 3: Speaking (60 marks – 30% of A Level)

Financial information

There are no costs associated with this course.

Future opportunities

A level French is a requirement for going on to take a degree in French. Being proficient in a second language gives a real boost to your career prospects. In an increasingly competitive job market, a qualification in a foreign language can make you stand out from the crowd. Specialist language occupations include working as a translator, interpreter or language teacher. However, with globalization, a qualification in a language can also be advantageous in pursuing careers in areas you might not have thought of. These include tourism, entertainment, public relations and mass communication, international organisations, embassies, diplomatic service and publishing. The possibilities are endless.


Further information

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

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: 07 June 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years

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