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French - AS/A2 at St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College

Course description

A Level French aims to develop the knowledge and skills acquired at GCSE level and use the language learned in a wide range of different contexts. Students will be able to gain a useful insight into another culture and reflect upon aspects of contemporary society. Through studying A Level French students will have the opportunity to enhance their employment prospects, facilitate foreign travel and experience the enjoyment and motivation of improving their linguistic abilities.

Course content

The AS course covers 4 broad themes: Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living and Family/Relationships. At AS level the speaking assessment is a topic-based discussion followed by a general conversation about 3 of the 4 AS level topics.

Study for the A2 course is also based on 3 broad themes; Environment, Multi-Cultural Society and Contemporary Social Issues. Students will also be required to study a cultural topic such as the study of a French-speaking region or the study of a French-speaking novelist, dramatist, musician or painter. This will form part of the speaking assessment at A2 level. There will also be a discussion based on the A2 topics.

Students are also assessed in listening, reading and writing at both AS and A2 levels. In the examination students answer questions based on a variety of stimulus material (spoken and written) and also write an extended piece based on the topic areas covered.

Students will follow a course book and will also use authentic and up to date material from the media (internet, newspapers, radio, television).

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in French


Unit 1 : Listening, Reading & Writing

2 hour written examination - June (110 marks)


70% % of Total A Level Marks35%

Unit 2 : Speaking

35 minutes speaking test (including 20 minutes preparation) - June (50 marks)


30% % of Total A Level Marks15%

Unit 3 : Listening, Reading & Writing

2 hour written examination - June (110 marks)

% of Total A Level Marks


Unit 4 : Speaking

35 minutes speaking test (including 20 minutes preparation) - June (50 marks)

% of Total A Level Marks


Specification and units of study:

Awarding body:

AQA Qualification: A/S and A Level

Method of assessment:


Course entry requirement:

GCSE grade B in French

Financial information

There will be travel and accomodation costs for any visits that may accompany the course.  Books and other materials are provided.

Future opportunities

As part of the European Union, we can choose to live, work and study in one of 27 countries. Speaking another language is a huge factor in how successful we are in the future. Graduates with languages are very employable.

Employers recognise linguists' skills beyond pure language ability, such as communication, organisation, cultural awareness and independence. In fact, graduates with knowledge of a foreign language are likely to earn more than graduates from other sectors.

At higher education level, it is possible to study a degree purely in languages or you can opt to combine a language with a different subject, such as politics or business. Both options will involve spending a period of time abroad, either working or studying.

Choosing a language as part of your course will not only develop your expertise and linguistic ability, but you will also have some great experiences along the way!

Languages are not just required for careers in translation and interpreting or teaching. They can also be used in a wide variety of job sectors, such as creative and media, event management, health and social care, law, manufacturing, retail, travel and tourism, marketing, technology and computer gaming. For more information on careers with languages, visit the website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 11 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year for both the As and the A2.
  • Course code: 1651/2651