Exam Board: AQA

The A Level French course is hugely rewarding.  Class sizes are usually small which allows for more concentrated time with the teacher.  There is also the expectation for all students to be well prepared, as homework often forms the basis for discussion in the next lesson.

More successful students carry out their own research on the topics which they are studying and regularly listen to French radio in their own time.  Self-drive and a desire to being immersed in the language is key to success at A Level.

Paper 1 - Listening, reading, writing (40% of A Level) 2hrs 30 minutes

The listening and reading tasks are similar to those of GCSE in structure.  Topics include current issues and trends in the French peaking world.  The course also includes a study of artistic culture and political life.

Paper 2 - Writing (30% of A Level) 2hrs

Students will study either two set texts or one set text and a film.  They will write two essays of approximately 300 words in length about the works that they have studied.

Paper 3 – Speaking (30% of A Level) 21-23 minutes

The speaking examination is conducted by one of the subject teachers.  Students discuss the same topics which they study for Paper 1.  In order to achieve the highest marks students will be expected to argue for and against arguments and to give coherent and balanced points of view.


Externally assessed examinations.

Speaking test conducted by your own teacher.


General Sixth Form admission requirements and at least a grade 6 or above in GCSE French although a grade 7 or higher is preferred.

Where can it lead?

An advanced qualification in French followed by job specific training: or a qualification where French is a component, giving breadth and an international dimension to another subject.