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AS and A Level French at Wetherby High School

Course description

The A level French course will build on and develop the linguistic skills gained at GCSE and allow students to be able to use French in a wide variety of contexts. An insight will also be gained in to another culture and students will have the opportunity to reflect on various aspects of contemporary society. The specification has been carefully designed to cover topics which will interest, engage and motivate students.

All four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing will be developed throughout the course as well as knowledge of grammar.  

Course content

Students study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. They will study highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema, and learn about political engagement and who wields political power in the French-speaking world.

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 texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.



Paper 1 – Listening, Reading , Writing

What's assessed:

· Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

· Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

· Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

· Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

· Grammar


How it's assessed:

· Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

· 100 marks

50% of A-level


Paper 2 — Writing

What's assessed:

· One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification

· Grammar

· How it's assessed

· Written exam: 2 hours

· 80 marks in total

20% of A-level


Paper 3—Speaking

What's assessed:

Individual research project

One of four themes (Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends, Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the French-speaking world, Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world)


How it's assessed:

Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)

60 marks in total


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: 09 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS 1 year and A Level 2 years
  • Course code: AQA 2651

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