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French A Level (AQA) (Block B) at The Folkestone Academy

Course description

The A level specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE and is an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society.

The approach is a focus on how French- speaking society has been shaped, socially and culturally, and how it continues to change. 

In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of French-speaking countries. 

In the second year further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing on issues, such as life for those on the margins of French-speaking society as well as looking at the positive influences that diversity brings. 

Students also study aspects of the political landscape in a French-speaking country, looking at immigration from the political perspective and at the way in which political power is expressed through action such as strikes and demonstrations.

Teenagers and the extent to which they are politically engaged looks towards the future of political life in French-speaking society. 

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where French is spoken, and their language skills. They will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in French.

Course content

This course is assessed through three examinations, all of which are assessed externally.

Units (Mandatory)

Paper 1 - Listening, reading & writing – aspects of French-speaking society: current trends and issues; artistic culture in the french-speaking world; aspects of political life in the french- speaking world; grammar

Paper 2 - Writing – one text and one film from a set list; grammar

Paper 3 – Individual research project

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 6+ in French, as well at 5+ in GCSE English. 


This course is assessed through three examinations,  all of which are assessed externally.

Written examination (2 h 30 m) – Externally assessed (40%)

Written examination (2 h) – Externally assessed (30%)

Oral examination (25 m) - Internally assessed (30%)

Future opportunities

This course fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and society. 

The course is suitable if you wish to progress to employment or further study, including a modern languages degree

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask the school careers staff or Head of Sixth Form or take a look at the website identified above.

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: 02 November 2017
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