French - A Level only

Exam Board: EDEXCEL

Introduction to the Course

During this course you will study at least two authentic French language resources (a text and a film) and will study aspects of the contemporary societies, cultural backgrounds and heritages of French-speaking countries.

You will also have opportunities to develop your understanding and awareness of spiritual, moral, ethical, environmental, health and political issues. You will extend and develop your knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary of French and will use this to speak, write, read and listen to the language. In addition, you will also be able to equip yourself with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable you to proceed to further study or to employment.


Paper 1 – Listening, reading and translation • Students will respond to listening comprehension questions based on a recording in a variety of contexts and sources. • A reading assessment based on a variety of text-types and genres where students will have to respond to questions

  • An unseen passage to be translated from French to English.

Paper 2 – Written response to works and translation • An unseen passage to be translated from to English to French. • An extended response to one of the literary texts studied. • An extended response to the second literary text studied or extended response to the film studied

Paper 3 – Speaking • Students discuss one theme from the specification based on a stimulus containing two different statements. • Students present a summary of the key findings of the written sources they have used for their research and answer questions on this. They then have a wider discussion on their research.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements and at least Grade 6 in GCSE French.

Course Content

Theme 1 - Social issues and trends: Evolving society in France • Changing family structures • Education • The world of work

Theme 2 – Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture Francophone countries • Music • Media • Festivals and traditions

Theme 3 – Social issues and trends: Immigration and the French multicultural society • Integration and multiculturalism • Rise of the far right

Theme 4 – Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture: The Occupation and Resistance • Occupation • The Resistance

Future Career Progression

There are few areas of work or professional life which do not have an international dimension. A qualification in a foreign language is therefore invaluable in helping students to find employment, whether in banking, law, journalism, leisure and tourism, the civil service or teaching.

There are many courses for which an A Level foreign language is a direct qualification for entry, including degree courses in the language itself or in studies relevant to the country. Many degree courses can now be combined with a language either as joint degrees or as part of the course, i.e. History, Geography, Art, Business Studies, European Studies, Politics, Sociology and English.

Modern Foreign Language qualifications are highly valued by admissions tutors and employers as evidence of hard work, intellectual aptitude, intercultural competency and international outlook.

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