French has the advantage of being useful throughout the world! It is the second most frequently taught language in the world after English. The International Organization of Francophonie has 56 member states and governments. Of these, 28 countries have French as an official language.


It is necessary to have studied French at GCSE level in order to study French at A level and to have achieved at least Grade 7.


There are many jobs which require the ability to speak, read and write more than one language, apart from the very specific tasks of translators and interpreters. To take advantage of the opportunities in today’s global jobs market, young people need to wake up to the need for language skills - and the fact that acquiring them can be quite fun!


The course builds on the knowledge and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and society. The content is suitable for students who wish to progress to employment or further study


Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes,160 marks in total, 40% of A Level


  • Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers and adapted as necessary. All questions are in French, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in French (60 marks)
  • Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail. All questions are in French, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in French (60 marks)
  • Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words (20 marks)
  • Translation into French; a passage of minimum 100 words (20 marks).

Paper 2: Writing

  • Written exam: 2 hours, 90 marks in total, 30% of A Level. All questions will require a critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered in the work and a critical and analytical response to features such as the form and the technique of presentation, as appropriate to the work studied (for example: the effect of narrative voice in a prose text or camera work in a film).

Paper 3: Speaking

  • Individual research project, 60 marks in total, 30% of A Level
  • One of four sub-themes ie 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.
  • Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)


2017: 100% pass rate, ALPS grade 1 (top 10% nationally).


Mrs Williams



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