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French AQA A Level at Sir John Leman High School

Course description

The A level French course includes a systematic recap of grammar and structures taught for GCSE and enables students to improve their listening and reading skills and write essays on themes relating to French society and culture, past and present.

Emphasis is also on speaking, enabling students to articulate their opinions about different aspects of the themes covered.

Extended Learning:

Students are set extended learning tasks and supervised study tasks which range from listening and reading activities to essay writing, grammar or speaking practice. Students are encouraged to use French websites.

Course content

AS Level:

AS Level students will be given the opportunity to use authentic spoken and written sources from a variety of different contexts and genres, including online media, as stimulus material for the study of different themes, and for language development.

You will study one theme from the areas of Social issues and trends, and one from the area of Political/ intellectual/artistic culture.

You will study one book and one film which you will be expected to understand and respond to questions about in writing.

You will be given opportunities to develop your language knowledge, understanding and skills through pair and whole group work involving asking and answering questions, expressing your own thoughts and feelings as well as trying to persuade others to accept your viewpoint.


 A Level:

Students studying A Level French will cover the AS content and will also undertake an individual research project, with guidance and support from their teachers, which will be assessed in the speaking test.

You will study two themes from the area of Social issues and trends and two from the area of Political/ intellectual/artistic culture and will study one book and one film.

You will be expected to develop a more detailed understanding of these works, showing a critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered, and a critical and analytical response to features such as the form and the technique of presentation.

Entry requirements

  • Grade B GCSE French.


AS Level and A Level:

  • At the end of Yr12 and Yr13 the assessment will consist of a Listening, Reading and Writing exam and a Speaking exam.

Future opportunities

A level French will provide you with a firm foundation for degree level study or equivalent.

French is very important for business and, taken on its own or combined with another subject, could enable you to spend part of your degree in a French-speaking country.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Leman High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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