A level
Examination Board: AQA
Specification: 7652
Course Leader: Mr A Blagona / Mrs H Frid
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French is such a diverse area of study; it combines aspects of other subjects such as Literature, History and Politics, so if you are someone with multiple interests, I would highly recommend it. 
We consider some fascinating topics, perspectives and concepts and everything we study is considered not only in France but across the whole francophone world, so there is ample opportunity to really widen your cultural horizons. Over your time studying, you will develop your reading, listening, writing and speaking skills, using authentic materials and skills that are applicable far beyond the realm of languages.  Daisie Y13

What Will I Study?

Theme 1: The Changes in French Society - Family life in France, attitudes towards friendships, relationships and marriage; the education system in France, the working life of the French – workers’ rights, equality in the workplace.

Theme 2: Culture in French-speaking countries -  The influence of music on young people and society, listening habits, the right of expression in the media; the role of the press; festivals, customs and traditions in French-speaking countries.

Theme 3: Immigration and multiculturalism in France - The impact of immigration; the contribution and benefits of migration to society; dealing with the challenges of immigration; marginalisation and alienation of migrants; the rise of the far-right in France.

Theme 4: The Occupation of France and the French Resistance - Life in occupied France; French collaborators; Anti-Semitism; the regime of Vichy Maréchal Pétain and the National Revolution; the lives of Jean Moulin, Charles de Gaulle and the women of the Resistance; the fight of the French Resistance.

Entry Requirements

Students require a Grade 5 or above at GCSE French, or substantial experience of speaking the language either at home or while living abroad.


Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translation

Paper 2: Written response to works – based on the study of a film and a literary text

Paper 3: Oral (discussion of an issue and research-based project)

Where Next?

A wide range of careers where a language is a useful extra such as accounting, public relations, journalism, advertising, law, international marketing, administration and many more in this increasingly global world. In addition, more traditional language routes include translating. As part of your course you will be able to do a work experience placement in France, during that time you will live with a family and work in area of your interest.

Please note

During this course you will read and listen to authentic French language materials and will study aspects of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of a country where French is spoken. You will have opportunities to develop your understanding and awareness of spiritual, moral, ethical, environmental, health and European issues.

Department Staff

Mr A Blagona Assistant Headteacher, Director of Teaching School Contact
Mrs H Frid Head of Languages Contact