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Year 13

Did you know that in France you can marry a dead person? Or that French gastronomy was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2010? These are a couple of the things you will learn about in A Level French.


This is a 2 year linear course assessed at the end of Year 13.


Theme 1:   Changes in French society.

Theme 2:   Political and artistic culture in French-speaking countries.




Theme 3:  Immigration and French Multi-cultural society

Theme 4: The Occupation and Resistance.




Paper 1: (1 hour 50 minutes)

Listening, reading and translation into English (40%)


Paper 2: (2 hours 40 minutes) (30%) Writing

  1. Translation into French
  2. Essay on ‘Le sac de billes’ by Joseph Joffo
  3. Essay on the film ‘Intouchables’


Paper 3: Speaking Test (21-23 minutes) (30%)


Task 1: Students discuss one theme from the four listed above.

Task 2: Students present and discuss a topic they have independently researched.


Links Well With: 

French links well with any A Level as it is a subject that gives you skills to operate in any field, including Maths and Science.  From a linguistic perspective, it links well with English and Spanish. However, languages also provide an insight into another culture and society; the course content links well to subjects such as Art, Geography, History, Music, Philosophy and Ethics and Sociology.

Progression Routes:                        

Students can go on to study French at university with the focus on a range of specialisms.  Many universities also offer courses where you can study a language as an additional unit or module to your main subject and even offer study or work placements abroad. Speaking a language opens the door to the whole spectrum of employment possibilities.

Entry Requirements:   

GCSE Grade 6 French.