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French A Level at Monkseaton High School

Course description

The new A Level course in French has been designed to enable students to develop their linguistic skills alongside their understanding of the culture and society of the countries where French is spoken.

Students study social and technological change alongside highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema.

Students also explore the influence of the past on present-day French-speaking communities.

Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study a text or a film.

Key Skills

The A-level specification focuses on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity.

Course content

Core content

  1. Social issues and trends
  2. Political and artistic culture
  3. Grammar


  1. Works:Literary texts and films

Entry requirements

5 grades A*-C/9-5 at GCSE, plus grade B or above in GCSE French.


Paper 1 - Listening, Reading and Writing

  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 160 marks in total
  • 40% of A-level

Paper 2 – Writing

  • 2 hours
  • 90 marks in total
  • 30% of A-level

Paper 3 - Speaking Oral exam

  • 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A-level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years