Exam Board & Code : Edexcel 9FRO   Course : 2 Years to full Advanced GCE

What is French A level about?

You will learn to develop the four skills (aural, oral, writing and reading) to a higher level through an increasingly communicative approach to language learning.

Is this course for me?

Choose A level French because you enjoy learning French and wish to achieve a higher level of French expression and comprehension, as well as an insight into French culture.  You must have a very good understanding of grammar. You must be prepared to spend some time in a French speaking country. You should also be prepared to take responsibility for your own learning and developing your language skills.

What else do I need to know?

Visits to France: Students have the opportunity to do work experience for a week in France during the Y12 work experience week. (Dual linguists could go to France in February half-term or the first week of the Easter holidays).

Self-study: you will follow a programme of self-study to support learning. This includes access to the VLL and a DVD library of French films.

Community Service: you will have the opportunity to do Community Service in the MFL Faculty.

What do other students say?

French was an obvious choice for me as I have always enjoyed it and I wanted to become bi-lingual.  The standard in the sixth form is much higher than GCSE but the shift is gradual and enough for you to adjust.  Next year I plan to study French at university.
I have really enjoyed the lessons because I now know more about France as well as its language.  I watch French films in the original version and have even read a French novel! I took part in the French work experience at the end of year 12 and it was one of the best weeks of my life.

Where could it lead?

Foreign language A levels, as well as leading to specialised language courses at College or University, can also be most useful for those studying Economics, Science or Technology, since there is a definite demand for professional competence in a foreign language in many spheres of industry and commerce today.  Many university courses now combine a foreign language with a range of other disciplines and offer the possibility of doing a year studying your main subject in a French university.

How is this course structured?

Unit Content Unit Assessment

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation

Paper 1 is based on four themes: the evolution of French society; political and artistic culture of the French-speaking world; immigration and multicultural society in France; Occupation and Resistance (WW2).

40% 1 h 50 

Listening (24 marks)

Reading (24 marks)

Translation into English (16 marks)

Paper 2: written response to works and translation

Students study either two literary texts or one literary text and one film, selected from a list of French works.

30% 2h 40

Translation into French (16 marks)

Essay (book 1) (16 marks)

Essay (film) or Essay (book 2) (16 marks)

Paper 3: Speaking

Paper 3 is based on four themes: the evolution of French society; political and artistic culture of the French-speaking world; immigration and multicultural society in France; Occupation and Resistance (WW2).

30% 21-23 mins

Stimulus card on one sub topic (20 marks)

Presentation and discussion of independent research topic (28 marks)