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French A Level at Ralph Thoresby School

Course description

This course will develop and deepen the skills you have gained at GCSE and will give you a profound understanding of the language and the society and culture of the target-language country. You will learn more about the mechanics of the language, such as grammar and vocabulary, but also about a variety of topics. You will also have the opportunity to study literary texts and films.

These topics build on what you have studied at GCSE and cover a wide range of interesting and engaging issues. The common thread amongst these is discovering how people speak at a personal level, and what their individual views are on these everyday topics. You will also need to be able to express your own opinions.

Course content


As well as building on the grammar you studied at GCSE, you will study the following topics:

Social Issues and Trends: Aspects of French-speaking society

• The changing nature of family

• The 'cyber-society'

• The place of voluntary work

• Positive features of a diverse society

• Life for the marginalised

• How criminals are treated

Artistic Culture and Aspects of Political Life:

• A culture proud of its heritage

• Contemporary francophone music

• Cinema: the 7th art form

• Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment

• Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?

• Politics and immigration

Literary texts/films

You will study one literary text and one film or two literary texts.

Individual research project

You will identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to you and which relates to a country or countries where French is spoken. 

Entry requirements

5 A*-C with a minimum of a grade B in French GCSE.



There will be 3 exams:

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing (40% of A level mark)

Listening and Reading comprehension on Social Issues and Trends and Artistic Culture and Aspects of Political Life; translation into English and into French.

Paper 2: Writing (30% of A level mark)

2 essays on the literary texts/film studied.

Paper 3: Speaking (30% of A level mark)

Discussion of a sub-themes from Social Issues and Trends and Artistic Culture and Aspects of Political Life based around a stimulus cards which can be studied for 5 minutes before the test begins.

Presentation and discussion of individual research project.

Future opportunities


At a personal level, your A Level in Modern Foreign Languages can help with quite a few career paths. For those who want to specialise in language, there’s translation, interpreting or teaching. Or, maybe you want to work in the travel and tourism industry. However, being proficient in a language will give you broader career options and often a better salary in many fields such as: journalism, market research, accountancy, software development and engineering.

Further information

For further information contact Ms Oldridge at Ralph Thoresby School.

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: 12 October 2016
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