French - A Level only

Exam Board: AQA

Expectations of Independent Study

  • Have organized folders and notes  
  • Build a bank of vocabulary, organised by topic  
  • Revise vocabulary regularly   
  • A commitment to independent study is expected (5 hours per week)  
  • Independent study ideas : 

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in wider reading (online newspapers, twitter feeds, magazines) and listening (radio, videos, TV, films) each week to support their language skills Books, DVDs and magazines will be available for students to borrow.  

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements and Grade 9-6 in GCSE French.

Why is it interesting?

An A-Level in a modern foreign language is an exciting mix of topics and skills which will develop students in many areas of studies.  If you choose French at Post 16 you will cover the necessary language skills, cultural studies, history, politics, film, art, literature, current affairs and modern society.  You will develop skills of debating, presenting, essay writing, group discussions, translation, precis writing and critical analysis of literature and film. 

What skills and knowledge will I develop by studying this subject?

The French course will develop your language skills, cultural and international understanding, and lifelong communication, analytical and research skills which can be applied at work or for leisure purposes.

This course would be suitable for students who have the following skills and interests:

  • Enthusiastic about learning a language with the aim of becoming more fluent. 
  • Interested in developing cultural awareness and excited by the prospect of foreign travel in order to use your language in authentic situations. 
  • Prepared to work hard, be well-organised and able to function both cooperatively and independently.

What career pathways are open to me if I study this subject?

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.

Assessment Overview

The exams will have the following format:

Paper 1: Listening, Reading, Writing 2hrs 30minutes

Paper 2: Writing (2 essays) 2 hours

Paper 3: Oral Exam 15 - 20minutes