A-LEVEL French


The course develops your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, as well as your general knowledge of the countries where the language is spoken. You will develop these skills through researching and discussing topics in written and spoken language.

Subject requirements:

Minimum GCSE of 6 in French.

Teacher to contact: Mr J Sleightholm
Languages Area Coordinator: Mr M Snaith
Languages Curriculum Assistant - Mrs A Schwiening


Two teachers teach the course to Year 12 and Year 13, with nine lessons per fortnight. You will also have an hour of speaking a fortnight with our French Foreign Language Assistant.

Course Content

Year 12

We cover the following topics:

  • Family
  • Education
  • Work
  • Music
  • Media
  • Festivals

You will also study a French film (‘Intouchables’ dir. Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano). The oral exam consists of a response to a stimulus card on two of the topics you have studied.

Year 13

We cover the following topics:

  • Immigration
  • France in WW2—the Occupation, the Vichy regime and the Resistance

You will also study a French book (‘L’Étranger’by Albert Camus). The oral exam consists of an independent research project on a topic of your choice and a response to a stimulus card on two of the topics you have studied.

Assessment Criteria

The A-Level is assessed through 30% Speaking, 40% Reading and Listening, 30% Writing and Translation.

Exam Board: Edexcel French (9FR0)

Are you interested in:

  • How language works?
  • Living or working abroad?
  • Social and cultural issues?
  • Communication?
  • Studying the literature and films of foreign cultures?

Leading to a career in:

  • International Business
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Interpreting and Translating
  • Law
  • International Relations and Diplomatic Work


Click below to learn about the course from Languages student, Malwina.


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