Windsor Sixth Form, Richmond Street, Halesowen, B63 4BB
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a level french v2

French A Level

A Level French will develop your knowledge and skills acquired at GCSE level. The course will enable you to use French in a wide range of contexts and gain a useful insight into another culture. Through the study of a modern foreign language, you will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of, and reflect upon, various aspects of contemporary society. Work experience abroad in your final year is also an option.

Your fluency in both the written and spoken language will develop, as will your ability to understand the language in both the spoken and written form.

Curriculum Intent

At Windsor High School and Sixth Form we are committed to fostering the highest expectations in French and aim for all our learners to develop high levels of linguistic ability; a set of transferable skills and an international growth mindset; deep, intercultural understanding; and a knowledge of French film and literature by the end of Key Stage 5.

AQA French A Level Course Outline

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing 

What's assessed? 

Aspects of society; artistic culture; multiculturalism; aspects of political life; grammar and translation.  

How is it assessed

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes worth 100 marks in total and 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.

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How is it assessed? 

Written exam (two essays): 2 hours worth 80 marks in total and 20% of A Level  

Paper 3: Speaking 

What's assessed? 

Individual research project on one of four sub-themes i.e. aspects of society or artistic culture or multiculturalism in society or aspects of political life in society. 

How is it assessed?

Oral exam: presentation plus discussion: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time),  worth 60 marks in total and 30% of A Level.  

Key Stage 5 French Curriculum Plan

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 or above in GCSE French.

What courses does French A Level go well with?

French goes well with any other subject.

What degree/higher education courses and careers can I progress to?

You can use the skills and qualifications gained to access career opportunities both at home and abroad. 

The course is ideal if you want to specialise in language specific careers, such as teaching, translating or interpreting (in both the public and private sector) or if you are interested in the travel and tourism industry. 

Certain languages lend themselves well to certain career choices such as engineering, science and the finance sector. For many other careers, being proficient in a language broadens career prospects. On a wider level, anyone who wishes to travel for either work or pleasure would benefit from A Level language.